Volvo’s new generation of products continue to roll out apace. With the 90-series (XC90, S90, V90) fully fleshed out and the new-generation 60-series underway following the all-new XC60’s recent launch, next comes the compact XC40 crossover that has just been caught testing in the open by European spy photographers.
The heavily camouflaged mule shows off part of its headlights which now feature the distinctive Thor’s Hammer DRL lighting signature. Side profile shows a conventional SUV-type silhouette with compact proportions whilst the rear reveals the high-rising tail light design that is the trademark of Volvo SUVs, estates, and hatchbacks.
Most revealing pictures show glimpses of the interior, in which we get a good look of the dashboard, centre console, as well as the rear passenger compartment. Up front, we see the now-typical large portrait-shaped touchscreen flanked by vertical air-vents either side. Audio shortcuts are laid neatly in a single row just below the screen.
Photo of the rear cabin area, meanwhile, is notable for showing off the rear door’s window line, which seems to follow the shape shown in the Concept 40.1 first shown a year ago.
The XC40, together with other upcoming members of the revitalized 40-series family, will be underpinned by the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) small car platform first announced by Volvo in 2015 and used recently in the Lynk & Co 01 SUV to kick-start the new brand founded by parent company Geely.
Debut of the XC40 is expected later this year, with sales likely to commence in 2018. Powertrian options are expected to include a new 1.5-litre three-cylinder, a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel, as well as a plug-in hybrid setup.