XC40 strongly resembles Volvo family members

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The Volvo XC40 crossover, shown in this spy photo, is expected to debut this fall. Photo credit: CHRIS DOANE AUTOMOTIVE

Volvo’s XC40 baby crossover won’t be all that different from its larger siblings.

Despite heavy camouflage, key elements of Volvo’s latest design language — an enlarged, upright grille, headlights featuring Thor’s hammer and tall taillights — are evident in an XC40 mule spotted by spy photographers in Europe.

The XC40 is expected to round out the automaker’s crossover lineup.

The spy photos of the XC40 look similar to those taken of the next-generation XC60 crossover in December. Those photos show the midsize XC60 taking cues from the flagship XC90.

The XC40 is expected to debut this fall and compete in the fast-growing compact crossover segment.

It is the first of three compact entry Volvo models being developed jointly with Volvo’s Chinese owner, Geely, on a front-wheel-drive platform called the Compact Modular Architecture, or CMA.

In May, Volvo showed two CMA concepts, the 40.1 and 40.2. The spy photos indicate the XC40 will share some slight similarities with the 40.1.

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