Effectively the production version of the 40.1 concept shown earlier this year albeit slightly toned down, the XC40 replaces the recently launched second generation XC60 as Volvo's smallest SUV offering, and aside from the now familiar styling, also rates as the most customisable model to suit its younger target audience.
The first model to be based on the Swedish automaker's new CMA platform that will eventually underpin its next range of 40-series models, the XC40's interior also mirrors that of the bigger 60 and 90 ranges, with the now obligatory 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster and nine-inch Senus Connect infotainment system taking centre stage.
According to Volvo, the XC40 also takes a radical approach to in-car storage, with "more functional storage spaces in the doors and under the seats", as well as a charging area for your smartphones and a centre console placed waste bin.
As to be expected, safety in the XC40 is comprehensive and includes a 360 degree camera system, Run-off Road Protection and Mitigation, Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving, Cross Traffic Alert with Brake Support and City Safety.
While no complete technical details were revealed, Volvo has stated that the XC40 will be available in D4 turbodiesel and T5 turbo petrol guises initially, with a hybrid and three-cylinder turbo petrol arriving next year.
Production will commence at Volvo's Ghent Plant in Belgium from November with sales in South Africa starting from the second quarter of 2018.