Well, that was easy. The all-new Volvo XC40 was caught out in Norway for all to see way ahead of its scheduled debut at the Paris Auto Show later this year. Volvo’s latest crossover was easily seen by the public eye as it was out being photographed for what we expect are marketing purposes. As seen above, it appears the Xc40 is just about ready to hit showrooms around the world.
The pictures show the all-new XC40 sporting Volvo exterior styling cues like the oval grille that’s book-ended by frowning headlights. Like current Volvo models, fog lights and a lower front air-intake appear to be present as well. Similar tail lights to what’s on current Volvo models also appear on the back of the XC40 crossover.
Volvo is expecting the XC40 to be a direct competitor against Audi’s Q3 and the BMW X1, which will be ready for stateside consumption by 2013. The XC40 isn’t anything Volvo hasn’t done before, however, as it’s a high-riding variant of the five-door V40 hatchback, which was unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show and due out across the pond sometime early next year. With the XC40 and the V40 being similar, it will save Volvo money on development and streamline other production costs. This also helps the XC40 in that it will be able to hit showrooms sooner rather than later and possibly with a smaller price tag.
It’s also expected that the XC40 will share a powertrain with the V40. As it stands now, the V40 will be available with your choice between two versions of a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine or three different diesel configurations, one 1.6-liter set-up and two different 2.0-liter mills. With the addition of the XC40, it will expand Volvo’s lineup that already includes the XC60, XC70, and the full-size XC90.
Source: Car Advice