A keen-eyed reader managed to snag a few photos of what looks to be the upcoming Volvo XC40 ahead of the vehicle's debut at the Paris Motor Show. Like most manufacturers, Volvo is keen to offer buyers the small crossovers they demand. With a taller ride height, more ground clearance and a more aggressive front fascia than the V40, the XC40 should do just that.

Drivetrain details are still a bit murky at the moment, but we wouldn't be surprised to see everything from a new diesel to turbocharged gasoline five-cylinder under the hood. The latter of those two should be good for around 254 horsepower.

If the V40 is any indication, the crossover will also boast start-stop technology and brake-energy regeneration in either manual or automatic transmission configurations. Expect to see both front and all-wheel drive variants as well.

The machine above was spotted in Flagstaff, Arizona while out for a little hot-weather testing, though we're told the XC40 isn't destined for the U.S. market. That seems a bit odd to us. The small crossover seems to be a perfect fit for Americans who can't get enough stylish crossovers.


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      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks nice, hopefully the offer a fuel efficient model with AWD...a small diesel would be very appropriate. I agree with the other comments about offering a modern wagon instead of another small SUV.
      djvolvo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seems as if Volvo is sitting on a big bag of tricks, ready to unfurl them all on the US market sometime in the near future. Just doesn't compute that this, along with the V40 would BOTH be kept from US buyers. Sounds like temporary marketing gimmick. While a great car, they can't put all of their chips on the S60. Need some fresh options.
        ufgrat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @djvolvo
        I think Volvo is run by people who read about the USA in a book in the 1980's, and haven't changed their views of Americans since then. Volvo is killing the C30 because of slow sales (in theory)... but I encounter people on a weekly basis who have never seen a C30 before, and they almost universally love the way the car looks.
          djvolvo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ufgrat
          Hilarious... and I own a C30! Couldn't agree more. It must be one of the rarest vehicles sold in the US, and certainly with it's "budget" price tag. Still, I think Volvo must be drumming up some demand by being so coy about these new vehicles. There simply has to be some new products destined for the US market.
      Scott West
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wait, what? Proportionally, it looks EXACTLY like the V40. That's what I'm putting my money on: http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2012-volvo-v40-geneva-2012/#photo-4872714/
        icerabbit
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Scott West
        We both had the same idea & reaction. Looks exactly like a V40.
        Snark
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Scott West
        Yeah. It's a mildly lifted V40. Just like the XC70 is a mildly lifted V70.
      Azazel
      • 2 Years Ago
      Volvo means nothing to me until they sell a proper wagon in the US.
        Snark
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Azazel
        Proper is meaningless. They sell several wagons. Are they not the right shape for you?
          pickles
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Snark
          Uh, no, not in the US of A. They sell no good old 2wd wagons. Only jacked-up XC70s. That's it. No 40-series, no 60-series. If you want a station wagon from Volvo, with the inherient virtues of a wagon, including teriffic low-slung handling, reduced weight, increased mpg you have zero choices. They've abandoned that business.
          dee8817
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Snark
          Volvo is known for making practical safe cars, particularly their station wagons. The fact they don't offer them anymore is just sad. Plus the V40/XC40 isn't coming either, which means they Volvo will be missing a market that the Audi A3 stands alone in.
          ufgrat
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Snark
          Both the V50 and the V70 have been discontinued in the USA.
      Bruno Eiras
      • 2 Years Ago
      Isn't that another v40 or "xc40" non-camouflaged directly across the lot on the main picture.
        ufgrat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bruno Eiras
        I think it's a V40. Another car they don't think Americans will buy.
        icerabbit
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bruno Eiras
        I have no idea why you're being voted down? That is a great observation. Hard to notice on a portable screen but on a desktop it is clearly there. I would say that's a V40. And an S60 to the left of it.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        pickles
        • 2 Years Ago
        I don't doubt it, yet if Volvo keeps elimintating models and not adding new ones, they have nothing to sell anyone at any price. The last Swedish auto company is behaving as if they don't plan to hold the torch much longer, sadly.
      Brent
      • 2 Years Ago
      What is a Vovlo?
        Brent
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brent
        Quick fix. People may wonder about my eyesight now.
      TimATL
      • 2 Years Ago
      When did Volvo say they weren't bringing the XC40 to the U.S. market? I hadn't heard that.
      ReturnZero
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've seen several Volvos testing in camo out here in Phoenix before their release.
      Justin Shaw
      • 2 Years Ago
      Revolvoution on the uprising
      Hector Bracamonte
      • 2 Years Ago
      No no no, Volvo. Americans are neither interested, nor will they ever be in efficient small cars or diesels, despite the success of Volkswagen and others in those areas. We Americans are too stupid to treasure them (I AM BEING SARCASTIC). Volvo will never bring these successful cars here.
      vonFarhad
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you look in the right corner of the first picture, you can see the new V40.
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