2010 Volvo XC60 priced from $42,400

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2010

Volvo fans can expect that in the coming year, the R-Design package to the XC60 will be released. Priced from $42,400, the 2010 Volvo XC60 has sportier driving dynamics and looks.

Actually, a standard Volvo XC60 T6 starts at just over $39,000. Standard equipment includes the top-of-the-line 281-hp turbocharged six-cylinder engine, leather interior, 18-inch wheels, numerous airbags, Bluetooth, and all-wheel-drive.

The XC60 R-Design is available for $3,900 more. Aside from the standard equipment offered on the XC60 T6, the car also has a stiffer chassis with a revised suspension, unique 20-inch five-spoke wheels, color matched body trim, sports seats, and a unique metallic-theme interior. As a result, the XC60 is sportier and gives a more refined driving experience.

Buyers may also opt to fit the car with a climate package ($1000) which includes heated front and rear seats, heated windshield washer nozzles, and rain sensing wipers; the multimedia package ($2700) with a premium audio system, navigation with real time traffic updates, and a rearview camera; and the technology package ($1700) that includes adaptive cruise control, collision warning with automatic braking, driver alert control, and lane departure warning. The 2010 Volvo XC60 R-Design is now available to order at Volvo dealerships nationwide.

Volvo XC60 is sporty car that has a stylish design for both its interior and exterior with versatile functions. This car has been designed for young professionals who work in urban areas and have an active lifestyle. This is why the Volvo XC60 is considered as the first in the new breed of contemporary cross-over concept as it manages to combine the typical city vehicle with that of an XC.

While the design of the XC60 is clearly that of the XC, it includes design elements for which Volvo is known for. The shape for example looks like a mix of a coupe and a passenger car. The stance is familiar as it gives a tough and strong impression especially with the big wheels on its four corners plus the lifted visual platform and the high waistline.

The V-shape is quite clear with the front spoiler, the LED lamps, hoods and all through the rear which has the tail lamps that use the LED technique combined with micro optics. These same tail lamps are able to spread the light in a manner that results in the "Volvo" character.

The roof rails are solid and come in the standard Charcoal with the option to go for Silk Metal. Regardless of which version is chosen, they will be constructed with the car at the company’s factory. The structure in the front has a deformation zone which is made of various grades of steel.

Each of the steel grades has a certain function in the event of a collision. The front structure in fact has been specifically designed to improve protection during frontal collision. The side structure also has different grades of steel in addition to the tubes and members.

All parts of the side structure are able to "move" its body toward its side and thus lower the risk of intruding on the passenger compartment. There is also the Side Impact Protection System that enables the forces to be absorbed and to retain enough room for the car’s passengers.

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