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Sweden’s biggest auto brand has handed down a trio of (not so) mysterious teaser images overnight via social media platform Snapchat, offering a first look at the new 2017 Volvo V40 – and likely also its long-anticipated XC40 sibling.

Although the company did not reveal the identity of the new vehicle/s, it did confirm that the teasers pointed to its new ‘40 Series‘ – described as “not your daddy’s Volvo” – leaving little room for doubt.

Volvo has also confirmed that it will unveil the two vehicles in concept form next week, but, as the company’s most recent concepts show, there will likely be few styling changes between next week’s big reveal and the final production debut sometime in the next year.

The tightly cropped images confirm that, as expected, the new 40 Series models will debut as miniaturised versions of the big new XC90 SUV and only recently revealed S90 sedan and wagon.

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S90-inspired headlights feature at the front, again skipping the hooked tail extension that features in the lighting design worn by the XC90. Volvo’s new LED signature will again feature, though, with the “Thor’s Hammer” shape glowing clear in these shots.

Both models, the V40 and XC40, will be built on the new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) developed together with new parent company Geely to underpin models for both brands.

The V40 is expected to be joined by a small new-generation S40 sedan, which would enter as a rival to Audi’s popular A3 sedan.

Watch for more on the new compact Volvo models to surface in the week ahead.

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