Volvo Brand's German Website Accidentally Reveals 2019 XC40 Teaser
Shaded Photo of Rear End Shows XC60 Influence, Compact Size
A German website belonging to Volvo may have accidentally revealed a teaser of the 2019 XC40 compact crossover, which will formally debut later this year.
U.K. publication Autocar captured the grainy image before it was taken down from the website, suggesting it wasn’t intended to be viewable to the public. Autocar published the image to its Twitter account.
Immediately obvious are the XC40’s Volvo-signature D-pillar taillights, a design feature that’s appeared on every Volvo SUV and most Volvo wagons since 1992. The XC40’s taillights take inspiration from the larger XC60, but with concave and convex surfaces, they also look much more three-dimensional than anything else in Volvo’s stable.
Also notable is the rear hatch’s distinctive “nose,” a prominent curve just underneath the rear window that should make the profile look more dynamic. A rear spoiler sits just above the rear window, and the XC40 is wearing large, stylish wheels, indicating it’s likely a top-spec R-Design model.
The XC40 will be the first new Volvo to be built on the company’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), which will also underpin the next-generation S40 sedan and V40 wagon. Expect a 1.5L turbocharged I-3 to serve as the base engine in the XC40. The I-3 is a derivative of the company’s 2.0L turbocharged Drive-E I-4, so expect it to make between 160 and 180 hp.
CMA will also be able to support an electrified powertrain, important given Volvo’s goal to eliminate internal combustion–only propulsion for its vehicles. The top-spec XC40 Twin Engine should feature the I-3 mated to an electric motor, possibly making as much as 250 hp and allowing Volvo to keep up with the similarly powerful BMW X1, Audi Q3, and Mercedes-Benz GLA. The XC40 is also rumored to offer an all-electric variant, marking the first time that Volvo will offer such a thing.
We expect the smallest Volvo to arrive on our shores for the 2019 model year, about a year after it arrives in European and other global showrooms. We should get a good look at the XC40 at the 2017 Paris International Auto Show or Frankfurt International Motor Show. The XC40 was previewed by Volvo’s 40.1 concept from last year.