Volvo’s current XC60 has been around for eight years, so obviously it’s in dire need of a replacement to match the coolness of its bigger brother, the second-gen XC90. A prototype of the new SPA-based XC60 has been caught on camera in Amsterdam by our spy photographers and as you can see the crossover was wearing some weird camouflage to hide its real design. The appearance will likely have a lot in common with the aforementioned XC90 which means it should turn out to be one stylish crossover.

Riding on the same platform as Volvo’s hit trio XC90, S90, V90, the overhauled XC60 will adopt an array of turbocharged four-cylinder engines that will include a 254-hp 2.0-liter gasoline unit which powers this T5 prototype. A plug-in hybrid derivative is also on the menu and we are expecting a spicy Polestar version to be offered for those in need of more punch.

As it’s the case with its larger brother, the next iteration of the XC60 will not have engines with more than four cylinders. Volvo’s decision to downsize is expected to have an impact on sales as some people will decide to go with the Germans and get a high-riding model equipped with an engine that has six cylinders.

Later during the XC60’s life, a T5 Twin Engine version will be added to the range and will combine a turbocharged 1.5-liter, three-cylinder gasoline engine with an electric motor for a combined output of approximately 250 horsepower (186 kW). The new hardware will debut on the next-gen 40-series models and Volvo announced recently the 60-series models will likely get the hybrid setup as well.

It’s too soon to say when the second-generation XC60 will be launched, but our money is on the second half of 2017.

Gallery: 2018 Volvo XC60 spy photos

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