Volvo will soon be rolling out a new, smaller crossover in the form of the XC40 after our spies were able to spot a prototype model being tested in the snow.

Our insiders were able to take photos of the XC40 prototype while the drivers were refuelling the cars. Let's just say that the drivers were less than happy when they find out that the vehicle was being photographed. Nonetheless, our spies were able snap every aspect of the XC40's exterior.

Spied: Up close and personal with the new Volvo XC40

Even with the heavy camo, it is clear that the new XC40 prototype now conforms to the brand's new design language. The front fascia appears to have a new grill, along with what looks to be the T-shaped daytime running lights dubbed as Thor's Hammer.

The rear, on the other hand, gets a pair of new vertical taillights and a tailgate-mounted spoiler. Like all crossovers from Volvo, the XC40 also gets the slight kink on the third row window.

Side profile of the Volvo XC40 prototype

Also worth noting on the XC40 prototype is that it bears some resemblance with the 40 series concepts that was revealed last May 2016. Designed to preview Volvo's upcoming line of small cars, it is underpinned by Volvo's new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) which will be used on their upcoming comact sedan and crossover models.

Volvo has already confirmed that the new XC40 will be powered by new downsized turbocharged engines. One of the powertrains that might be available is a 1.5-liter gasoline turbo inline-three. There could also be a four-cylinder turbo-diesel in the works.

Rear quarter of the Volvo XC40

Aside from the XC40, the new S40 and V40 could also be underpinned by the new CMA platform.

Our insiders expect that the Volvo XC40 could make its global debut at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show while first deliveries or sales might begin by the end of the year.