Granted it’s just a small glimpse of the Volvo XC40’s rear end, but the picture itself came from a legitimate source so we’re quite sure that this is in fact the small SUV’s production ready form. Volvo’s German site accidentally uploaded the photo ahead of schedule and then took it down quickly, but not before someone at AutoCar saved the picture.
Though the vehicle is not under any camouflage, it is still hard to see much from a partially shadowed picture.
What we can make out are the visual similarities it has with the new Volvo XC60 and XC90. Unsurprisingly, the tail portion seems to have taken quite a few design cues from the all-electric Volvo 40 concept that was unveiled last year. The same taillight styling, though marginally toned down, can be seen on the XC40 alongside that prominent spoiler and noticeably hunched tailgate.
Expected to be revealed this autumn, the XC40 will be the first model based on Volvo's Compact Modular Architecture. Targeted at a younger audience, the smallest SUV in the automaker’s line-up will be offered in three trim levels: Momentum, R-Design and Inscription. Momentum should be the more fashion forward trim with R-Design being the sportier option followed by the luxurious Inscription.
Engine options are still unknown, but it is rumored to include a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol unit, at least one diesel engine and a hybrid variant powered by a 106bhp petrol engine and a 74bhp electric motor. The last of which should be front-wheel drive, with a seven-speed automatic gearbox and around 30 miles of pure electric range.
Making the XC40 even more enticing is an expected MSRP of £25,000.
The cargo door looks like it juts out a bit too much for my tastes, but the stylish taillight could help me overlook that small quirk. Also noticed that the exhaust may be rectangular from what I can see.
Really like that we're seeing enough of the V40 in the XC40 design. Given how close those model names are to each other maybe we will see specific parts of design remain the same much like what other car makers are doing?