The new 2017 XC60 has been a long time coming, with the current model first revealed as a concept in 2007 before entering production in 2008. The mid-sized SUV benefited from a facelift in 2014 to tide it over.
As expected, the XC60 will adopt styling elements from the larger XC90 SUV and the new S90/V90 sedan and wagon twins, with Volvo's familiar pillar-length tail lights and new 'Thor's Hammer' LED lighting at the front clearly carrying over.
But, while the XC40 will ride on the new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), the new XC60 will be underpinned by the bigger and more generically named Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) utilised by the XC90, S90 and V90.
Registration data for the prototype shown here reveals that it is powered by Volvo's four-cylinder turbocharged 'T5' Drive-E petrol engine, which, in overseas versions of the larger XC90, offers 185kW and 350Nm.
Above: the recent 40.1 concept that previews the smaller XC40
The new XC60 range will likely include other, less powerful petrol options, along with diesel engines and - as the charging cap-accommodating front-quarter camouflage panel on this prototype reveals - plug-in hybrid models.
Volvo's new mid-sized SUV is expected to debut this year, with October's Paris motor show a likely venue.
Watch for more on the new XC60 to surface in the weeks and months ahead.