We previously reported that production of the next-generation Volvo S60 will start in the fall of 2018 at the carmaker’s manufacturing plant in Charleston, South Carolina. Now, we’re getting our first look at the model thanks to Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson, who posted a photo of a prototype undergoing testing in Lofoten, Norway.

The posting comes just days after Volvo introduced the world to the new V60 wagon, which should share many similarities with the upcoming S60. This includes the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) as well as a range of petrol, diesel and hybrid powertrains. The latter likely includes the T8 Twin Engine and T6 Twin Engine setups.

Visually, the S60 doesn’t diverge very far from the V60, based on what we can see. The front features wraparound headlights with ‘Thor’s hammer’ LED daytime running lights, a wide grille and a familiar bumper design (albeit with a more pronounced lip).

The difference in body styles will be most noticeable at the rear, which Samuelsson conveniently cropped out from his photo. However, renders by Theophilus Chin do give us some idea of what to expect – a baby S90 in essence.

We’ll have to wait for an official reveal to see what’s what, but with production set to start this year, we reckon it shouldn’t be much longer till we see the new S60 in full.

GALLERY: Volvo V60