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Volvo XC40 strikes out in a new design direction

Volvo unveils its new premium compact SUV, showing off standard design cues, but also taking its look in a new direction.

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The XC40 comes out as Volvo's newest and smallest SUV. It follows the XC90 and XC60.

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Many design elements comes from Volvo's other recent models, such as the XC90 and S90.

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The grille shows separation from the headlight casings, unlike the XC90 and XC60.

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The XC40 will be sold as the T5 and T4, designating engine size, although Volvo has not released specifications yet.

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"Hammer of Thor" headlights were introduced first on the XC90, and have become a standard Volvo design treatment.

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Where the XC40 really differs from its siblings is the wide rear pillar.

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The XC40 has 8.3 inches of ground clearance, which should help it negotiate snowy driveways.

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Large wheels give it an aggressive appearance.

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Click or swipe through for a bunch more pics of the new Volvo XC40, including its Harman Kardon speakers.

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