A smaller and sportier model has been added to the Swedish carmaker's range in the form of the 2010 Volvo XC60 which now also includes a new 3.2-liter version in the US in addition to the 3.0-liter T6 turbocharged version which already exists. For the 235hp (175kW) 3.2-liter FWD the price tag is pegged at $32,395 plus a destination fee of $850, with the All-Wheel-Drive model coming with a $34,395 plus the same destination fee.
For the 281hp (209kW) 3.0-liter T6, the price is still the same for the base FWD model which is $37,200 plus the destination fee of $850. The powerplant of the XC60, the new normally ventilated 3.2-liter, is the same unit that can be seen in the S80 flagship sedan shown last year and it is equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission as standard.
It also comes with a remarkable 27mpg highway and 18 mpg city fuel-economy ratings. There are two other versions of the 3.2-liter engine available, one with the ULEV-II (ultra low emissions) or PZEV (partial low emissions) feature.
The XC60 has some admirable standard equipment which includes 17 inch alloy wheels, rear view mirror with automatic dimming, Bluetooth technology, climate control with dual zone, fog lights at the front, HD Radio, an audio system that comes with 8 speakers, and free six-month Sirius subscription.
Volvo claims that the XC60 is the safest model so far since it comes with a skew of the latest safety features like the standard City Safety automatic braking system.
This feature is chiefly targeted at minimizing damage during collisions at speeds of 19mph and under. Further safety features consist of anti-rollover stability, roofing structure made from high strength-boron steel, pre-tensioned safety belts for all seating positions, and an inflatable side curtain for both the front and rear passengers.