2013 Volvo XC40

Volvo is intensely testing their brand new XC40 - a new compact crossover built on the V40 architecture. The vehicle was just recently spotted in Norway during a photo shoot, but now our spy photographers have caught clearer images of the future crossover in Southern Europe. The XC40 has been prepped to be a direct competitor to the Audi Q3 and BMW X1 .

As you can see in these images, this "brand new" XC40 is essentially a higher-riding version of the V40, so it will most likely adopt everything, from its design up to its engine line-up. This means that the XC40 will look exactly like the V40 , expect for the obligatory tweaks here and there to make it look like a crossover. Under the hood, we will see the same engine line-up as in the V40, including a turbocharged 1.6-liter petrol engine and a 2.0 liter engine with power ranging from 150 to 240 HP. Diesel fans will get a 155 HP engine. Volvo will also add an all-wheel-drive system to the new XC40 which will be available on high-grade models to improve the car’s off-road capabilities.

Expect to see the new Volvo XC40 launched in September at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. Sales will begin in early 2013.

Updated 07/23/2012: Today we have a very cool rendering for you of the upcoming XC40. We hope you like it!


Frankly, the wheels might be its demise because they are its weakest parts. To our relief, it might also be saved by the dynamics of its engine.

The wheels might not be fully reliable in action, but the engine surely is.

It doesn’t actually seem like one to be efficient at running on any terrain, but the power that it has might have a chance.

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