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A prototype for the upcoming Volvo XC40 has been caught completely undisguised once again. This time by an eagle eyed flickr user who has kindly shared them with the world through his account.

The XC40 is based on the V40 and features a few updates to give the model a slightly more rugged offroad style. This includes an increased ride height as well as additional plastic body cladding and aluminum accents. We can also see from the pictures that the front bumper has benefitted from a visit to the design house and it will also incorporate re-styled foglights.

Powertrain options are likely to remain unchanged from its standard sibling. This means we can expect to see a variety of petrol engines with power outputs ranging from 150 PS (110 kW / 148 hp) to 254 PS (186 kW / 250 hp) while diesel units will range from 115 PS (84 kW / 113 hp) and 177 PS (130 kW / 174 hp).

The Volvo XC40 will come in front-wheel-drive as standard, but an all-wheel-drive system will optionally be available.

Expect to see the XC40 unveiled for the first time at the Paris Motor Show in September.


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