After the XC90 comes its smaller brother, the Volvo XC60. Seen here in heavy camouflage and cladding, the most distinct tell-tale clues are its “Thor’s Hammer” full-LED headlights, as well as the tall tail lights that are characteristic of Volvo’s SUVs and wagons.

The XC60 here gains a more slanted overall stance as well, even down to the details – the Thor’s Hammer lamps are styled to suit, to go with the more sloping rear screen and D-pillars compared to those on the XC90. Up in front, the test mule shows vertical slats on its grille, similar to those on the latest XC90, S90 and V90. We’ve also included a render of the upcoming XC60 below – it’s a handsome thing, don’t you think?

The XC60 can be expected to run on Volvo’s latest Drive-E range of engines, among which will be be a plug-in hybrid powertrain – the mule seen here features an electric charge port door on the left side of the car. The company has exhibited such an example in the shell of the pre-facelift XC60, which previewed the PHEV powertrain of the XC90 T8 Twin Engine.

While that 2012 concept’s 280 hp/380 Nm turbo inline-four petrol and 70 hp/200 Nm electric motor produced a combined 350 hp, the more powerful 407 hp/640 Nm powertrain from the XC90 could well find its way into the new XC60 when it reaches the market.