The Volvo XC40 – the compact SUV / Crossover version of the new Volvo V40 – has been spotted undisguised in Norway ahead of a Paris Motor Show debut.
We’ve been hearing for some time that the Volvo XC40 – the latest addition to Volvo’s SUV range and based on the new V40 – is getting close to a public debut, and back in April we reported that the XC40 would, in all probability, arrive at the Paris Motor Show in September.
That prediction on the XC40′s fairly imminent arrival has been given additional credence with the first shots of the new Volvo XC40 taken on what appears to be a photo / video shoot on closed roads in Norway – perhaps the debut video for the XC40 in the making?
Just as you’d expect, the new XC40 gets a raised ride height and the extra plastic bits for the rufty-tufty look, new bumpers, roof rails and, judging by the photo, a set of side steps too.
Engines are almost certainly going to be what we get in the new V40 which means, at least at launch, a selection of 1.6 and 2.0 litre petrols and diesels in a variety of power flavours and, in the XC40, a choice of 2WD or 4WD.
Volvo in Norway have refused to confirm the XC40 when asked by DN.no (who published the photo taken by a reader), but that’s hardly a surprise. Apparently they trotted out the very familiar ‘We do not comment on what’s not official” or, as they say in Norway, “Det som ikke er offisielt, har vi ingen kommentar til”.
But our money’s still on a September debut for the Volvo XC40 at the Paris Motor Show.