New 2018 Volvo XC40 ‘Baby’ SUV Scooped In Production Body

If you were hoping to catch a glimpse of Volvo’s production XC40 in order to better gauge its shape and size, here’s your chance.

Volvo have been testing their baby SUV in what amounts to pretty bad weather lately, though luckily our spy photographers aren’t deterred by deteriorating conditions that easily.

Previewed last May by the 40.1 concept car, the XC40 is Volvo’s compact answer to the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLA, BMW X1 and the Audi Q3. Despite the heavy camouflage doing its job, we can see that the production XC40 stays true to the 40.1 study with angular edges and lines, and the same face featuring the so-called ‘Thor’s Hammer’ headlights.

Underneath it all lays Volvo’s all-new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform, designed not just for the XC40, but also an entire family of 40-series models, such as future iterations of the S40 and V40 wagon.

In terms of engines, we can expect both turbocharged petrol and diesel units, and even a plug-in hybrid version, further down the line. The XC40 is expected to be the first Volvo to get the brand’s new 1.5-liter three-cylinder  unit derived from the modular 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit.

Volvo’s XC40 could make its inaugural appearance during the Shanghai Auto Show in April, though sales aren’t expected to start until either late 2017 or early 2018.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops


  • salamOOn

    please no tablet-only interior…..

    • SteersUright

      curious, why not? LOVE the tablet. Looks so much more high-tech than all the other puny low-res screens out there. What dont u like about it?

  • Ilbirs

    At least this XC40 marks the return of the boxy shapes we used to like in Volvos.

    • ohbebek

      I think the camo makes it look boxy. The shape of the taillight and trunk looks like the overall look is going to be a bit curvy.

    • SteersUright

      Boxy needs to make a major comeback, everything looking like a kidney bean these days. Do you also remember the old boxy Benz’s and BMW’s? The old S-class from the 80’s (i think, or was it 90’s?) used to literally look like a vault with wheels and had so much presence.

  • WG

    I am liking the high beltline and the front design already .

  • AstonMartin

    Come on XC60.

  • none

    According to the swedish license plate database, which is public, this car is built in sweden, registered to/by volvo as “test vehicle” on 2016-11-04 and first used in traffic 2016-12-05, as a model year 2016 and without any model code, simply “volvo”, vin “YV1XZA8BCJM000030”
    It’s registered with a 190 hp (140kw) diesel, 99g co2 emissions per km, automatic transmission (or dual clutch or anything except manual), 2-wheel drive, trailer hitch. Length 451.2 cm, width 185.7 cm, height not specified, weight 1500 kg, weight max loaded 1900 kg, tires 225/55r17, annual swedish raod tax 1103sek, EU vehicle category M1, made for 1 driver + 4 passengers. Volvo currently own 3501 vehicles in sweden, a very large number of them model-year 2016-2017 and without model codes.

  • fabri99

    This is gonna sell like hotcakes.

  • Clay Torque

    If it looks like the concepts, and it looks like it will, i think this is going to go very well. They’re sort of different from what everyone else is doing and certainly looks like nothing the Germans are doing.

  • getoffme

    Where the hell is the XC60?