Volvo Accidentally Reveals 2018 XC40 SUV!

We were only supposed to catch a brief glimpse of the 2018 XC40 through a teaser trailer we showed you earlier today, ahead of a full introduction on September 21, but apparently, Volvo Hungary lost the memo.

The firm’s Hungarian arm inadvertently (?) dropped an uncut version of the same trailer revealing the Swedish manufacturer’s new compact SUV.

As we suspected after having spotted several XC40 prototypes on the road, the production car (very) closely mirrors the styling of last year’s Volvo 40.1 Concept, with only a few modifications here and there. Perhaps the most noticeable change aside from the regular door mirrors is the use of traditional- instead of the study’s hidden-rear door handles.

Inside, while sharing the same design language as the XC60 and XC90 with a large touch screen dominating the simplified and uncluttered center console, the XC40’s cabin gives the impression it’s more casual than its bigger siblings.

Volvo has previously said that it aims for the XC40’s available interior space to be vastly practical and functional. As an example, the Swedes mentioned that in order to provide better storage space in the doors, designers moved the speakers elsewhere to create enough storage in the door compartment for a laptop and a tablet, or a couple of water bottles.

The XC40 is the first car based on Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture which is shared with Volvo’s Chinese owners Geely. While a detailed list of engines has yet to be announced, Volvo has said that the range will include the brand’s new 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbo gasoline 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.

When it goes on sale next year the XC40 will target crossovers such as the BMW X2 and Audi Q2.

Thanks to Sebajfobias for the tip!

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    looks great

  • gor134

    I like it. Looks pretty good. Rear taillights remind of the Nissan Juke though…

    • Mill0048

      Thanks, I can’t un-see it now…

  • Navy P. Morroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Ooh, public relations personnel may have landed itself in hot water with accidentally exposing sensitive information to the general public; no, seriously, I pity person; however, the overall space seems to be livable with enough space to become fitted comfortably. The overall design doesn’t seem to be an overkill with the look of Volvo’s understated mentality. I am also liking the interior with its elegance and simplicity of the large screen without too many buttons and knobs, although I may never purchase something as little as this, it is a great start for Volvo and its lineup of new vehicles.

  • if it is seen on every other car media in the world, I dont think we should call it “accidentally leaked”

    • Matt

      Huh? This is the Internet, if it leaks in one place it’s going to on every car site pretty quickly. That doesn’t make this a fake leak.

    • Marty

      Why would a leak ever be defined by were the leaked stuff ends up?
      It’s accidental because Volvo wanted to let the teaser build the interest starting today, and then release the full material on the 21st.

      It may or may not have been intentional by the Hungarian branch, but I’m quite sure there are some pissed off marketing people in Göteborg today. To them it’s an accident.


    • mckillio

      That’s why I plan on getting a black one but they have stated that the number of color options will be abundant. I’d prefer a dark/gunmetal grey all over.

    • alexxx

      Say yes…I love it….

  • Jonathan Garcia

    looks better than the competition.

  • RDS Alphard

    Oh yes! A proper door handle on the rear door!

  • LeStori

    What a mishmash of styles. Make a nice Chinese car….

  • Mark S

    Volvo is on a roll.

    • Salih Ahzem

      Funny when you say it like that as Volvo means “I roll” in latin apparently…

  • Mark Anthony BallDog

    Another milestone of SUVolvo!!!
    It would be a hit like LG V30!!!
    4our safety
    0n City

    • Craig

      Sell them do you?

  • eb110americana

    I am sure they will sell to the fashionista set, but am I the only one who finds the design stiff and rather un-Volvo like? It reminds me more of the original Jeep Compass. I think this looks lousy, but I’m not in the target market, so it’s no sweat on Volvo’s brow.

    • OptixGuru

      Couldn’t agree more with where their styling had come from… Definitely an older Jeep

    • alexxx

      Looks nothing like Jeep…I mean NOTHING….
      Volbo my 10 time better

      • Mynameis Taylor

        I couldn’t agree more

    • Althea Later

      No-one knows what the target market is until they sell. I mean, they may have a target market in mind, but sometimes it plays out differently. And the people who always talk aren’t necessarily the one’s with the wallets.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Easily the best in the class. Too bad someone lost their job over this.

  • StrangerGP

    That’s one ugly booty, and this is coming from a person that doesn’t mind how the S/V90 look in the back.

    • supermanuel

      I think the number plate being placed on the tailgate rather than on the bumper would have created a bit more balance.

  • Nordschleife

    Very nice. Very youthful take on a rather sophisticated design language. Buy it people so we can get a Coupè

  • Marty

    If you remove the Volvo grille, you would probably not be able to identify it as a Volvo.

    We knew the purpose of the 40.1 concept was to sell us the idea of the XC40. For the 40 segment they decided to move away from the current design language into something “younger” and “sportier”, but I’m not sure it’s the right way to go. The design of the Concept XC Coupe from 2014 still does it better:

    • OptixGuru

      I would them if they made a two-door coupe version of their newest child, the XC-40. I’d buy one, I’d probably be the first in line actually…

    • paulgdeaton

      100 times yes! The face and the front quarter are okay – they follow the current Volvo design “cues” – but the rear quarter is a mess. There is simply too much going on.

      Volvo’s look best when they look like (but not necessarily are) simple, elegant forms. There is nothing either simple or elegant about the read quarters of the model.

  • Knotmyrealname

    Don’t worry about the gaffe Volvo, you’ll still sell brazzillions of them!

  • Carmelo Van Cabboi

    Stunning! Maybe the best luxury brand at moment. Great quality and design. Clap Clap

  • Andrew Hughes

    Ugly, and for the sake of style over substance I’d hate to be a rear seat passenger, with much of my light and view obscured by the rising kink in the rear window, and the fact that any air coming from lowering the window would be a good foot away from your face.


  • Finkployd

    Ha! So Volvo had an accident

  • Shobin Drogan

    I like the back very much but the front is kinda too bland, also reminds me of the hideous ASX.

  • Matt

    Volvo helping to advertise the Renault Kangoo.

  • ediotsavant

    For some reason it looks like a Jeep.

  • Vassilis

    OK it does look cheaper than its siblings but pretty cool.

  • Dennis James

    …and it looks quite good !

  • JH

    No, no, those rear passenger doors, ugly styling. I think my old Volvo 360GLT of 1989 looks so much better.

    • Murgatroyd

      I like the 300 series. My first new car was a 440 (1995) and I loved it. Volvo are becoming too style-conscious and no longer offer honest family models like these. I want my cars to be like backpacks, not handbags!

      • JH

        I have had many Volvos, Amazon, 240, 360, S70, S60T5, V70, V50T5, this was my last one. They just try to get upmarket, but the mass produced cars are excellent cars and look much better than the XC40, even the Chinese Geely’s Lynk & Co 01 looks sooo much better than the XC40, Also the Kia Sonic and many other new cars

        • Murgatroyd

          I had an S40 Mk1 (2002) after the 440 and now drive an S40 Mk2 (2010). Both very good cars, the Mk1 S40 being the best of my 3 Volvos. The current V40 is OK but I’m tempted to go Japanese for my next car (maybe Toyota or Honda) when I change it next year. Basically, I am not that keen on the ‘let’s copy Audi/BMW’ direction Volvo is now taking and there are so many mainstream options out there that are of good quality and cost less.

  • salamOOn

    this is as accidental release as i would accidentally win a lottery jackpot without buying a ticket….

    • Marty

      No. It’s an accidental release as in when you specifically ask your employee to release one set of pictures today and another one on the 21th, and the incompetent bastard releases them all today.

  • Scott

    Sorry Volvo but its very ugly 🙁 (Volvo Fan)

    • Althea Later

      I don’t think Volvo cares about their older fan base anymore unfortunately….

      • I’mCallingYouOut

        it’s almost as if.. they don’t want to become Buick. Weird.

  • ErnieB

    Damn they dropped the ball on this one..

  • mckillio

    Looks great, I don’t like the slanting rear hatch but it was expected given the concept and the styling of the 60 and 90. I just wish the PHEV version came with the four cylinder turbo.

  • javier

    It does not look very good. It is not elegant like other recent volvo suvs. For a supposedly small suv it looks large. It will probably drive beautifully.

  • BlackPegasus

    Another winner for Volvo.

  • Althea Later

    Oh please!!! Nothing was accidentally leaked… they just say that for publicity.
    I know everyone is oohing and ahhing…
    I really don’t see anything special here…. a copycat floating roof… and an obligatory upswept rear quart blind spot…. which I don’t find attractive at all.
    I remember when one of Volvo’s best attributes were that you could see out of them.

    • Marty

      Why would they produce a teaser video if the plan was to publish full pics on the same day? Why make a careful publishing plan for all the world except for the guys in Hungary? Wouldn’t it have been easier just to publish the full pics at once all around the planet instead of teaser pics that nobody cared about?

  • JH

    Here is a great opportunity for after market rear doors without that awful kink. Volvo missed the boat with this already outdated kink design

    • Murgatroyd

      An instant improvement.

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