The new XC90 and the S90 have already established themselves as viable alternatives to German rivals in their respective segments. And we’ve already seen spy shots of the mid-size XC60 crossover undergoing developmental testing. This week, we have the first photos of the even smaller XC40 being tested in snow.

Previewed last year by the 40.1 concept car, the entry level CUV will be built on the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform developed jointly by Volvo and its parent company Geely. Promising flexibility in terms of future connectivity and autonomous driving tech needs, the architecture will also see application in the upcoming crossover from Geely’s Lynk & Co spin-off.

From the photos, it appears to have stuck to the styling previewed by the concept. So expect the production model to have slightly stylised versions of the Thor’s Hammer headlights and the signature taillights, and the overall profile is likely to be more angular than that of the XC90’s. A V40 hatchback version and S40 saloon are sure to follow.