Volvo Cars recently 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 best-selling 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 at Volvo Car Group.
Volvo boasts that the new XC60 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 and 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 130km/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 407hp and acceleration from 0-100km/h in just 5.3 seconds.
“We have a wide range of powertrains. The new XC60 will be launched 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.
The new CleanZone four-zone climate control 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 Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is also available.
Volvo Cars’ new XC60 is set to go into production in mid-April in Sweden.