Volvo XC40 preview image leaks

Volvo XC40 rear preview teaser

A first glimpse at the production Volvo XC40 small SUV comes from the brand’s German site, which published a preview image ahead of time

The rear of the Volvo XC40 has been part-revealed early, thanks to a slip up from Volvo’s German arm. 

The preview image was shown on the brand’s German website, but was quickly removed, suggesting that it was accidentally shown ahead of the official release time. 

Despite Volvo’s claims that the XC40 will be more playful and pitched at a younger market than its other models, the small SUV has all the visual cues of the XC60 and XC90

Volvo also recently confirmed that the XC40 will be the smallest SUV in its line-up.

This quells rumours that Volvo’s recently hinted-at 20 series – which will be the smallest models the company makes – will spawn an SUV variant akin to the Mini Countryman and Audi Q2.

Despite this, Volvo is aggressively taking aim at the current premium small-SUV market in which the XC40 will compete, going so far as to describe the segment as “lacking in individuality and playfulness”.

The XC40, which will be the first car based on Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture, aims at a more youthful audience than the XC60 and XC90 models. The XC40 offers a number of customisation options to reflect this, with a greater level of exterior and interior colour combinations than any previous Volvo. Unusual interior options such as orange carpet and red upholstery have been suggested.

The XC40 will be revealed this autumn, and the brand’s description of the model distances it from the rest of the range, including a wider variety of materials used. A panel embossed with map-like patterns is shown in the official teaser shots that have been released, as are more rugged, block-metal and driftwood-like materials. This is the first official glance we’ve had of any element of the XC40, despite spy photographers catching the car in development.

“We wanted the XC40 to be a fresh, creative and distinctive member of the Volvo line-up, allowing its drivers to put their personality in their driveway,” said Volvo design boss Thomas Ingenlath. “XC40 drivers are interested in fashion, design and popular culture and often live in large, vibrant cities. They want a car that reflects their personality. The XC40 is that car.”

Volvo also confirmed its three trim levels for the XC40 range: Momentum, R-Design and Inscription. Despite being the entry-level trim, Momentum is described as the most fashion-conscious in the range. As per Volvo’s other models, R-Design will be sportier and Inscription more luxurious. 

A full list of engine options has yet to be confirmed, but at the heart of the range will be a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol unit derived from the brand’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol. Diesel engines are certain to appear too, and both naturally aspirated and turbocharged petrol and diesel engines will feature. A 180bhp hybrid, with a 106bhp petrol engine and a 74bhp electric motor, will top the range, under the T5 Twin Engine badge. It will be front-wheel drive, with a seven-speed automatic gearbox, and it will have the capacity for 30 miles of electric-only range.

Prices for the XC40 range are expected to start at about £25,000, undercutting rivals such as the upcoming Jaguar E-Pace (priced from £28,500), as well as the existing Audi Q3 (£27,610) and Range Rover Evoque (£30,600).

Source: Autocar Online

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