The Volvo V40 and V40 Cross Country have been given a new face for the 2017 model year, complete with Thor’s Hammer headlights, as seen on the new XC90, S90 and V90.

As well as the new headlights, there’s a new mesh grille complete with revised Volvo logo.

The external changes are rounded out by the arrival of eight new wheel designs and five new colours: Bursting Blue, Mussel Blue and Luminous Sand arrive from other models in the Volvo range, while Amazon Blue and Denim Blue are entirely new colours.

A new ‘City Weave’ upholstery is now offered, together with several new trim choices, such as Milled Aluminium, Black Grid Aluminium and Stealth Aluminium.  Some models feature new sill tread plates, too.

The trim grades have been revised to align them with Volvo’s newest models, and now comprise Momentum, Inscription, R-Design and Cross Country.

The company’s Volvo On Call smartphone app has also received a number of updates, including the ability to control your Volvo remotely by voice using a Microsoft Band 2.

Calendar appointments can be now be integrated with the car, with the option of automatically setting the navigation to match.

The update also includes Flic button compatibility to allow a single button to perform multiple tasks, while the Volvo On Call system can now manage up to 10 vehicles.

There’s also a new Windows 10 desktop app that allows remote access to your car.

The V40 continues to be available with a wide range of engines, with T2, T3, T4 and T5 turbocharged petrol units offering outputs from 122hp to 245hp, as well as D2, D3 and D4 diesels with outputs from 120hp to 190hp.

As part of the 2017 model year updates, the D2 sees its CO2 output reduced to just 89 g/km.

The new 2017 model year Volvo V40 will be available to order in early May, with first deliveries expected in June.