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2018 Volvo XC40 spied

The new Volvo XC40 has been spied undergoing extreme cold weather testing in the Arctic region of Sweden.

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Despite the camouflage and false body panels, we can see that the XC40 will be very closely related to 2016's 40.1 Concept, with short front and rear overhangs, hockey stick-style rear lights, and a side window line that turns dramatically upwards as it approaches the C-pillar.

The transition to production has seen the 40.1 Concept gain proper wing mirrors and pull-out door handles.

Underpinning the XC40 will be the new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) that Volvo is developing in conjunction with Geely, its parent company.

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CMA made its debut last year with the Lynk & Co 01 crossover. In addition to subsequent Lynk & Co vehicles, CMA will also be used for other next-generation 40-Series models, including possible replacements for the long departed S40 and current V40.

The XC40 will be Volvo's smallest crossover, sitting underneath the larger XC60 and XC90. Given the planet's current hunger for SUV vehicles, Henrik Green, Volvo’s head of research and development, says that it's a "big chance [to] be one of the most successful cars in [the Volvo] lineup”.

Motivation for CMA-based vehicles will likely come from turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, as well as the new T5 'Twin Engine' plug-in hybrid drivetrain.

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Australia

The company has confirmed that the XC40 will be launched this year, with rumours circulating that the crossover will make its debut at the Shanghai motor show in April.

Global sales are said to begin at the tail-end of 2017, meaning that Australian deliveries aren't likely until 2018.