While Volvo initially planned to unveil the XC40 on September 21, the carmaker’s operations in Hungary accidentally jumped the gun and released a video trailer revealing the car in full. So here it is, the all-new XC40 before you’re supposed to see it, the brand’s smallest XC model to date.

At first glance, the SUV appears to be a mirror image of the 40.1 concept that previewed it last year, and features nearly all the cues found on the show car. This includes the shoulder line that rises towards the end of the rear doors, with a black roof to create a two-tone look, LED headlights with the signature ‘Thor’s hammer’ DRLs and C-shaped tail lamps that extend all the way to the roof-mounted spoiler.

Some revisions have been made on the path to production, as the flushed door handles have been replaced with more conventional ones, the side mirrors aren’t fancy cameras anymore, and the tiny Swedish flag near the bonnet is gone. The vehicle seen here is wearing the R-Design styling package, as shown by the front grille design and embossing on the rearmost pillar.

Moving inside, Volvo’ design language used on the XC60 and XC90 has been adapted for the compact SUV, and features a large touchscreen that is linked to the Sensus infotainment system. The layout of the dashboard is identical to what we’ve seen in earlier spyshots, although the centre console is different on the production version.

Here, the gear lever and cupholders are placed side-by-side, rather than being isolated as seen in a previous test mule. The former is also of different shape and size, placed ahead of the electronic parking brake.

As far as tech is concern, a dual-zone climate control system, digital instrument cluster (a la XC90) and inductive charging for supported smartphones are just some of the features we see here. Volvo says the XC40 was “developed around the challenges of modern city life,” and will offer plenty of suitable and functional storage spaces, although we aren’t shown that here.

The XC40 will be the first car built on Volvo’s new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), and will likely be powered by various Drive-E 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. Based on a rear shot of the SUV, a T5 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid powertrain looks to be a definite. The powertrain features a 1.5 litre three-cylinder Drive-E engine, an electric motor, tunnel-mounted battery and a new seven-speed wet dual-clutch automatic transmission.

However, we’ll still have to wait for the XC40 to celebrate its global premiere before we can nail down all the details. For now, what do you think of the new XC model?


GALLERY: Volvo 40.1 concept