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Sunday Drive: Volvo hits a crossover home run, and people still love sports cars

Jeremy Korzeniewski

Looking back at the week that just was clearly tells us at least three things. First,

crossovers don't have to be boring. Second, people still love sportscars, from the attainable (

Audi TT RS) to the fanciful (Mercedes-AMG GT C). And finally, the traditional German trio of premium luxury brands had better not rest on their laurels, because credible challengers are coming in from every direction.

The biggest reveal of the week, at least judging by the interest of Autoblog readers, was the

Volvo XC40. Not only is the little 'ute a looker, it introduces some innovative new buying/

leasing schemes designed to appeal to an audience accustomed to

trading in and trading up every couple of years. Think of Volvo's flat-fee lease as you would a smartphone contract, and you'll be on the right track.

Genesis looks to have a hit on its hands in the form of the G70 sport sedan. We took a Korean-spec model for a spin and found a lot to like about the upstart contender. We can't wait to sample one here in the United States to see how it stacks up against the

Audi A4,

BMW 3 Series, and

Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

In other news, we're still really excited to see a production

Ford Ranger Raptor. But if you just can't wait for the official reveal – it's okay, neither can we – take a look at the renderings in our post down below.

As always, tune in to Autoblog next week for a front-row seat to all the happenings worth following in the automotive industry.

Volvo XC40

Volvo XC40 revealed | Crossover at the crossroads of style and substance

Volvo XC40

3 ways the Volvo XC40 is a game-changer

Genesis G70

Genesis G70 First Drive | An arrow to the heart of the Germans

Audi TT

2018 Audi TT RS Drivers' Notes | Five pots of turbocharged honey

Mercedes-AMG GT

2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Quick Spin | This is the

AMG GT you want

Ford Ranger Raptor rendering

The Ford Ranger Raptor is real, and this is what it might look like