2017 Volvo XC40 Compact Crossover Mule Spied Testing

The 2017 Volvo XC40 is in its early stages of development.

The Swedish automaker is hard at working preparing numerous new models with the S90 and V90 around the corner as well as a new generation of 40-series. Volvo confirmed that a compact crossover is in development and although the XC40 nameplate hasn’t been confirmed, it’s the perfect fit given the company’s nomenclature. The 2017 Volvo XC40 mule spied testing hides under a slightly shorter V40 body, but it has higher ground clearance and it appears the wheelbase has been changed slightly.

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If you take a look at the rear door, you’ll notice there is a seam showing that the length of the vehicle has changed. Expect the first Volvo vehicles built on the company Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform to begin hitting the market in 2017. The 2017 Volvo XC40 will compete with the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA in the entry-level luxury crossover segment.

The model will have a variety of powertrain options including standard gasoline engines, diesel powerplants and even plug-in hybrid variants. Expect to see spy photos of the XC40 surface with a prototype body sometime next year.

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