This fully-camouflaged vehicle is the next-gen Volvo XC90 SUV, caught testing on a frozen Swedish lake by our European spies CarPix. It’s the real thing, not a mere working concept, underneath all those covers, seen here for the very first time. By any standards, this is massive.

It’s hard to tell yet how the second-generation premium SUV will look like when it goes on sale next year, but add two extra doors to the recent Volvo Concept XC Coupe and you’ll get the rough idea. Volvo has long gotten rid of its boxy image, but now it’s gunning for sexy.

The new seven-seat family soft-roader will be the first model to fully utilise Volvo’s brand new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) modular base, which will help make it around 150 kg lighter than the twelve year-old original XC90. As you would expect of a Volvo, it will have a long list of new active and passive safety technologies.

Volvo’s own Drive-E engines – part of the Volvo Engine Architecture (VEA) family – will power it. Already in use in the latest S60, the new range includes a 302 hp/400 Nm 2.0 litre direct-injection petrol engine with both a turbo and a supercharger, connected to an eight-speed automatic. Hybrid variants are likely too.