After a lengthy teaser campaign and yesterday’s very revealing leaked image, Volvo is finally ready to show off the second-generation XC60. It was well worth the wait as the new premium crossover has carried over everything that’s great about the XC90’s design into a smaller package, which some will say that it actually works better on the new model.
The interior cabin is just as lovely and luxurious as it is in the XC90 and comes with four-zone climate control and support for both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration. It’s a vast improvement over its predecessor and brings a breath of fresh air into the hugely challenging segment.
To our surprise, Volvo is giving the XC60 the T8 Twin Engine setup borrowed from the bigger XC90. Set to perform its duties in the range topping version, the turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter engine works together with an electric motor to generate a combined output of 407 horsepower. It’s going to deliver enough hybrid punch to allow the XC60 run to 62 mph (100 kph) in a swift 5.3 seconds.
Set to go up against the likes of Audi Q5, BMW X3, and the Jaguar F-Pace, Volvo’s new XC60 sits on the same SPA platform as the bigger models from the “90” series. It will be powered by the same array of Drive-E four-cylinder engines, including the 190-hp D4 and 235-hp D5 diesels along with the 254-hp T5. The Geely-owned company will also sell the new crossover in a warm T6 configuration with 320 hp and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton meters) on tap.
As with every Volvo out there, the XC60 is going to be packed with safety kit. At the forefront is the optional semi-autonomous driving system that will work on “well-marked roads” at speeds of up to 80 mph (130 kph). It will be clever enough to take care of the acceleration, braking, and steering. Customers will also be able to order the crossover with extra driver’s aids capable of automatically braking and steering the car in the event of an imminent accident and even when the other object or person is going to be in its blind spot.
Volvo will kick off production of the all-new XC60 in mid-April at its Torslanda Plant in Sweden, so customer deliveries should begin this summer.
Gallery: 2018 Volvo XC60
Volvo Cars reveals new XC60 premium SUV
Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, today revealed the long-awaited new XC60 premium SUV at the Geneva Motor Show.
The new car replaces Volvo’s highly-successful original XC60, which in the nine years since its launch became the bestselling premium mid-sized SUV in Europe with nearly a million units sold globally. The XC60 today represents around 30 per cent of Volvo’s total global sales.
“We have a strong heritage in designing stylish and dynamic SUVs that offer the latest in technology. The new XC60 will be no exception. It’s the perfect car for an active lifestyle, and it represents the next step in our transformation plan,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President and Chief Executive, Volvo Car Group.
New comfort and safety technology
The new XC60, one of the safest cars ever made, is fully-loaded with new technology. Steer Assist has been added to the ground-breaking City Safety system. A new safety system called Oncoming Lane Mitigation uses steer assist to help mitigate head-on collisions, while Volvo’s Blind Spot Indication System (BLIS) now uses Steer Assist functionality to reduce the risk of lane-changing collisions.
“We have focused on building a car that can deliver pleasure to all of your senses – from a commanding view of the road ahead in a beautifully appointed and calm cabin, to a safe, inspired and confident ride,” said Henrik Green, Senior Vice President Product & Quality at Volvo Car Group. “We’ve paid particular attention to making life easier for our customers by providing them with the creature comforts and services that take the hassle out of everyday life.”
Pilot Assist, Volvo’s advanced semi-autonomous driver assistance system, which takes care of steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads up to 130 km/h, is available in the new XC60 as an option.
The new XC60 offers Volvo’s award-winning T8 Twin Engine petrol plug-in hybrid at the top of the powertrain range, delivering 407 hp and acceleration from 0-100 Km in just 5.3 seconds.
“We have a wide range of powertrains. The new XC60 will launch with the diesel D4 engine at 190 hp and the D5 with PowerPulse technology delivering 235 hp. We also have the petrol-powered T5 delivering 254 hp and the T6, which with both turbo and superchargers attached, delivers 320 hp and 400 Nm of torque,” added Henrik Green.
But it is not just under the hood that the new XC60 delivers healthy performance. The new CleanZone four-zone climate system removes harmful pollutants and particles from outside the cabin to deliver Scandinavian-fresh air on the inside.
Volvo Cars’ driver infotainment and connected services offer, Sensus, and the Volvo On Call app both receive a graphical update with improved usability. As in the 90 Series cars, smartphone integration with CarPlay and Android Auto is also available.
“The XC60 is an SUV not designed to look down on others but to drive. The exterior has an athletic sculpture with a subtle, timeless quality. The interior is a masterful composition of well-resolved architecture, beautiful materials and the very latest technology - all perfectly blended together. The XC60 provides a true Scandinavian experience which will make our customers feel special,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President, Design at Volvo Car Group.
Volvo Cars’ new XC60 is set to go into production in mid-April at the Torslanda Plant in Sweden.