An apparent slip-up by the German Volvo Cars website led to a peak of the 2018 Volvo XC40. The photo was taken down quickly, according to Autocar, which suggests it was almost certainly an official Volvo photo.

It’s hard to glean much from a single photo of the vehicle’s rear-end, but it certainly has the visual cues of the new Volvo XC60 and XC90. Chances are it’ll look like an electric concept that was released in 2016.

Here’s the pic lightened a bit:


See a similarity?

Photo: Volvo


Volvo announced at the time that the XC40 will be based on the automaker’s Compact Modular Architecture, which it hopes will offer a “youthful” sense to the car.

Whether that youthful energy remains once a more-complete shot of the XC40 emerges, we’ll have to wait and see.