Volvo’s new small electric SUV, the EX30, is due to be revealed on June 15 – just next month.

Ahead of its official unveiling, patent images surfaced on Cochespias [↗] confirming the compact EV’s proportions.

And, unlike previous teaser-based renders, it looks like the EX30 will move away from Volvo’s typical boxy, upright shape to a sleek cab-rearward aesthetic – like a Mazda CX-30, or Volvo’s own C40 electric car.

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Up front, there are distinct EX90 and Polestar flavours in the new Thor’s hammer LED lighting details, while the EX30 looks to almost entirely ape the Polestar 2’s rear light signature – though with additional LED illumination running up the C-pillars.

We think the EX30 is shaping up to be rather handsome, but what do you think? Wade into the comments section and have your say.

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Our original story, below, remains unchanged

February 22: Volvo EX30 rendered

After a teaser toward the end of the Volvo EX90’s reveal, we asked our render guru Theottle to imagine what a production version could look like.

Taking cues from the EX90’s front end and lighting signature, the as-yet-unnamed (but expected to be called EX30) SUV will likely sit beneath the existing XC40 in size terms.

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Although smaller German SUV rivals such as BMW’s X2 and Audi’s Q2 typically have sloping coupe-style roofs, in the teaser it’s clear Volvo’s next car will adopt a practical wagon-bodied rear end.

Our renders include the clear C-shaped LED tail-lights that have become a feature of Volvo’s current range.

Despite the name of this small SUV not being confirmed, we expect it to arrive on Australian soil some time in 2023 after a full unveiling.

In the meantime, let us know what you think of our EX30 render in the comments section!

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November 10: Volvo EX30 teased at EX90 unveiling

Volvo had a treat in store for fans who watched the full EX90 reveal, with a clip that showed the three-row SUV next to an as-yet unseen compact crossover, likely the EX30.

The EX30 is in Volvo’s electric plan as the model to follow EX90 on the way to a 100 per cent electric lineup by 2026 in Australia, and 2030 globally.

As the camera zooms in and the EX90 drops into shadow, the video flickers and a second, smaller crossover appears, shrouded in darkness.

It’s hard to make out many details, but the smaller LED taillights share a distinct familial resemblance with the EX90.

The SUV is clearly shorter and lower-set than the EX90, suggesting two rows of seating are likely rather than the big Volvo’s three.

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An XC40 replacement?

The EX30 is not likely to directly replace the CMA platformed XC40 and C40, as the XC40 should still have a few years left following its midlife update.

Instead, the EX30 could be a yet more compact SUV than the small XC40 – think size more comparable to Audi Q2, Mercedes-Benz EQA and BMW X2 than the larger Q3, EQB or X1.

Underneath we expect the EX30 to ditch Volvo’s current compact CMA platform – shared with Polestar 2 – and hop onto Geely-developed Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA) underpinnings.

Fellow publication Carscoops published spy photos earlier this year, initially thought to be the coming Polestar 4 small, coupe SUV, but now the silhouette of the spied vehicle looks perhaps more like the teased car at the end of the EX90 reveal.

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Finally, the two cars disappear into darkness and the screen reads simple ‘2023’, indicating that the teased EX30 is likely to be revealed next year. Stay tuned for more information.


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