Volvo XC40 Braves Harsh Winter Conditions for Testing

Volvo’s next crossovers were previewed last year with concept cars, but now we’re getting a better idea of what the production XC40 will look like thanks to these spy photos.

Volvo chose the coldest, windiest, snowiest day it could to test its XC40, but our intrepid photographer was also out, and when the engineers stopped for gas, he got close-up shots of the new SUV, which is based on the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA). The CMA platform will underpin the entire 40 series, including the S and V40, this crossover’s sedan and wagon variants.

The engineers were none too impressed with our photographer snapping pictures of the prototype, so they actually moved in front of the XC40 to block the shot, but they had to get back in eventually.

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Although we can’t tell if this crossover was being filled up with gas or diesel, either is possible because the XC40 is expected to come with a 1.5-liter turbo three gas unit and a four-cylinder diesel (though that may not come to this side of the Atlantic). Volvo has also confirmed that a Twin Engine plug-in hybrid unit is a possibility, which would make these rare pictures indeed.

Rumors have the XC40 debuting in Shanghai in April and hitting showrooms in early 2018.

A version of this story originally appeared on Swedespeed

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