Volvo is continuing its “Snapchat-based” teasing approach for its upcoming XC40 concept with three new images posted on its social media page. Set to be unveiled on May 18, the new teasers provide a lot more information on what to expect from Volvo’s smallest crossover.

While previously we had a view of the crossover’s front, now we get to see a small portion of its rear. From the image, we see a steeply raked rear window, with XC90-like long LED tail lamps that culminate in a C-shaped design at the bottom. You’ll also spot a tailgate-mounted spoiler. The Snapchat image is captioned, “showing a new side of Swedish car design,” and from this angle at least, has a whiff of Ford Focus to it, don’t you think?

We’re also treated to a collage of images highlighting various details on the concept including the front and rear fog lamp enclosures, side mirrors and the frontal shot from the previous set of teasers (with the Thor’s Hammer LED headlamps). Keep in mind that this is still a concept and some of these design cues may not make it to production.

However, one thing that will indeed be found on the production XC40 is the adoption of a plug-in hybrid powertrain. An overhead shot reveals the same CMA platform, which Volvo detailed back in October last year for use on all 40-series Volvos. This includes the XC40, which will likely adopt Volvo’s new T5 Twin Engine hybrid powertrain.

The powertrain, revealed a few days after the platform, is made up of a 1.5 litre three-cylinder Drive-E petrol engine (180 hp) with a 55 kW electric motor, linked to a lithium-ion battery pack. Combined output is around 250 PS and nearly 400 Nm. A new seven-speed wet dual-clutch automatic transmission was also shown to us at the time, for use in CMA-based models. For a more detailed breakdown of both items, check out our earlier report, here.

Aside from the XC40 concept, Volvo will reveal a concept previewing the next-generation V40 at its company HQ in Gothenburg as well. The latter is not expected to be launched until 2017, and won’t likely be rushed out, considering the current V40 recently received a facelift.


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