Volvo is set to reveal the all-new XC40 SUV fully on 21 September and leading up to this, the Swedish brand released a teaser video (below) on Facebook.
However, Volvo Hungary didn’t quite follow instructions and perhaps inadvertently posted the uncut version of the same trailer revealing the Swedish manufacturer’s new compact SUV.
The styling of the production version is very much in keeping with last year’s Volvo 40.1 Concept, with only a few modifications. Notably there are regular door mirrors and handles (instead of the study’s hidden-rear door handles).
Inside, the same design language as that of the XC60 and XC90 has been followed through, with a large touch screen dominating the uncluttered center console.
Volvo has previously stated that this city car Volvo will have an exceptionally practical and functional interior space. For example, to provide better storage space in the doors, designers have moved the speakers elsewhere in the vehicle to create enough storage in the door compartment for a laptop and a tablet, or a couple of water bottles.
Volvo has not announced engine details yet, although it has said that the range will include the brand’s new 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbo petrol unit, with the four-cylinder Drive-E engines powering faster models. A ‘Twin Engine’ plug-in hybrid variant pairing an electric motor to the new 3-cylinder engine and 7-speed dual-clutch automated transmission will follow too, possibly badged as the T5.
The XC40 is the first car based on Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture which is shared with Volvo’s Chinese owners Geely.
The XC40 will target crossovers like the BMW X2 and Audi Q2, when it goes on sale next year.