We finally have our first look at the interior of the upcoming Volvo XC40, thanks to our spy photographers who managed to snap photos of a test mule undergoing testing.

At first glance, it is clear the XC40’s cabin shares more in common with the new XC60 rather than the bigger XC90. This is most obvious by the shape of the air-con vents, which run parallel to the portrait-format touchscreen for the Sensus infotainment system on the centre stack.

The XC40 here could be fitted with the R-Design package, judging by the design of the steering wheel, where the bottom spoke is split into two. Other familiar items include the additional switchgear located below said touchscreen and the shape of the instrument binnacle.

However, the centre console design of the XC40 is worlds apart from the XC60. As you can see, the stowage spaces here are split into two separate areas, with the gear lever nestled between them.

Therefore, the engine start dial (as seen on the XC60) has been relocated, together with the drive mode selector. Even the shape of the gear lever differs heavily. As for the rear, there’s a relatively upright-looking bench row, and there also appears to be foldable tray tables fitted on the backside of the front seats.

On the exterior, the XC40 test mule looks nearly identical to prototypes from earlier spyshots, with many cues taken from the 40.1 concept shown to us in May 2016. The SUV will be built on Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), and will likely receive the existing Drive-E petrol and diesel engines.

A T5 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid model should join the fray as well, with a 1.5 litre three-cylinder engine at its core. The 180 hp Drive-E mill is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, with assistance from a 55 kW electric motor. The motor is powered by a 9.7 kWh lithium-ion traction battery fitted in the centre tunnel.