Volvo XC60 R-Design breaks cover

Article by Christian A., on August 25, 2010

To give the Volvo XC60 a bolder appearance is the new R-Design option pack to be presented at the Frankfurt Motor show 2009. The Volvo XC60, which has a solid market share in the premium sport crossover segment, simply attracts attention wherever it goes but wait until you add these R-Design attributes.

Up for grabs are door mirror housings, twin chrome tailpipes, trim mouldings, décor trim in matte silk metal finish, and skid-plates. Wouldn’t you want to get a hold of these five-spoke Cratus aluminum wheels?

Unique for the R-Design models, these wheels are available in the standard 18 inches size or you can opt for the 20-inch wheels. This wider dimension is new to this car model and is only available with the R-Design option pack. An exciting new feature is color-matching the lower section of the car to the rest of the body, instead of the standard matte black execution.

What this does is creates the illusion that car sits closer to the ground, making it appear more dynamic. Even though the chassis to this option pack is stiffer, has stronger damping and more distinct driving properties, ride comfort is still assured. Because the chassis has not been lowered, the XC60 R-design maintains its ground clearance for off-road capability.

The design also leads to a faster steering response due to its more direct steering gear. As a result, the car responds quicker and has more precise communication with the road surface. Metal finish is the dominant theme inside the car. There are aluminum inserts in the steering wheel, door mouldings and the center stack. Made of brushed aluminum, the sports pedals have rubber inserts for precise grip and control.

The elegant dark center stack has a décor with a circular pattern that expands outwards. You’ll notice that this pattern can also be found in the oblique striping of the sculpted, duo-tone seats.

Speaking of seats, they’re available in two color combination. Choose from light beige or dark black. Providing a body hugging and comfortable seating position, the front seats have an advanced seat design with two firmness levels in the backrest and seat cushions.

Press Release

Volvo XC60 R-Design

Volvo has announced details on the latest car in the R-Design stable - the Volvo XC60 R-Design. Showcasing a series of sporty visual features, the R-Design package also adds a specially tuned sports chassis and sharper driving characteristics, enabling customers to enjoy the XC60's practicality together with more dynamic handling and distinctive styling.

The new Volvo XC60 R-Design was unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show and went into production in November 2009.

Dynamic driving characteristics

The new dynamic driving properties of the Volvo XC60 R-Design have been possible with the introduction of a stiffer chassis and stiffer damping. This has been achieved without impacting dramatically on ride comfort allowing passengers to continue to enjoy a comfortable ride on any type of road surface. The chassis has not been lowered ensuring that the Volvo XC60 R-Design maintains its ground clearance for off-road adventures.

The more direct steering gear ratio also significantly improves the driving experience. Owing to faster steering response, the driver benefits from a more nimble feel and more precise communication with the road surface.

Refined sports styling

On the outside, the new car features the typical R-Design attributes already seen on the C30 SportsCoupe, S40 saloon, V50 Sportswagon, V70 premium estate and XC90 SUV R-Design models. Exterior highlights include door mirror housings, trim mouldings and décor trim all in matte silk metal finish, rear skid-plate, side scuff plates and twin chrome tailpipes. The 18" five-spoke Cratus aluminium wheels are only available on the R-Design model and, for the first time, an option of 20-inch alloy wheels can be specified on the XC60.

The lower section of the car is also colour-matched to the rest of the body, instead of the matte black trim found on the standard S, SE and SE Lux models. This creates the impression that the car sits closer to the ground giving it a more dynamic look - even though ground clearance remains unchanged.

Inside the car, a metal finish is the dominant theme, with aluminium inserts in the steering wheel, door mouldings and the centre stack. The sports pedals are made of brushed aluminium, with rubber inserts for precise grip, feel and control. The steering wheel is trimmed with perforated leather and features the engraved R-Design emblem offering the driver a constant reminder of the car's dynamic driving properties.

The dark centre stack features a décor with a circular pattern that expands outwards in a dynamic way. This pattern reoccurs in the striping on the seats. Furthermore, the seats are available with the choice of two colour combinations, either light beige with black accents or black with light beige accents.

To give better cornering support and increased comfort in the front seats, both have been given an advanced sport seat design with two firmness levels in the backrest and seat cushions, thus providing a body hugging yet comfortable seating position.

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