Last week Volvo announced that it would be revealing its Volvo new small SUV, the XC40 “shortly”.
Following this announcement, the first official image was published on the brand’s German website accidentally, before being removed. The ways of the Internet dictate that once something is exposed it travels quickly and so unsurprisingly the teaser image is making the rounds.
Expected to be revealed in full at the Frankfurt Show in September, the upcoming XC40 is set to to rival the BMW X1 and Audi Q3 and will go on sale in 2018.
The small SUV will sit below the XC90 and XC60 in the Swedish manufacturer’s SUV line-up and will be built on an all-new platform called Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), designed specifically for small cars.
Volvo has confirmed Twin Engine plug-in hybrid technology will be available in the new cars and a new 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol power unit is rumoured to form the standard option, alongside a four-cylinder diesel.
As far as the design goes, the front end is expected to take on an even bolder design than that of the XC60 and from this teaser image we can see that the sloping window line and long vertical rear lights echo that of the larger XC60s design.
Volvo also says that the XC40 will offer a wide and ‘vibrant’ colour palette, with two-tone paint finishes available and the interior will also boast colourful options, such as a new ‘Lava Orange’ carpet colour, ‘Oxide Red’ leather upholstery and a new wide range of interior trim materials and finishes.