A mule for the 2017 Volvo XC40 has been spied undergoing testing.

A mule for the 2017 Volvo XC40 has been spied undergoing testing.

Caught wearing a modified V40 body, the prototype has extended wheel arches, an increased ride height and large alloy wheels.  While it looks nothing like the production model, the mule likely provides a few hints at the general size and stance of the company's entry-level crossover.

Since the model is still in the early stages of development, little is known.  However, Volvo has already confirmed it will ride on their new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA).  The automaker also has revealed models based on the CMA platform will share a number of components - including engines, infotainment systems and climate control systems - with models riding on the larger SPA platform.

Power will be provided by an assortment of three- and four-cylinder engines.  There could also be a new variant with the recently announced T5 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid system but nothing is official as of yet.

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