Volvo starts production of XC60 at its Torslanda assembly site in Sweden

Article by Christian A., on April 30, 2017

The next generation Volvo XC60 will be soon on its way to dealerships and customers as the Swedish carmaker has already commenced production of the mid-sized sports utility vehicle at its Torslanda facility in Sweden. In fact, the very first customer-bound Volvo XC60 has already rolled off the production line. This particular XC60 is a petrol-powered T5 Inscription AWD model wrapped in Crystal White exterior finish.

Magnus Nilsson, vice president of the Torslanda facility, remarked that they spent several months to thoroughly prepare the assembly site for the new 2018 Volvo XC60, adding that they are now ready to commence deliveries to customers.

Underpinned by Volvo’s self-developed Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), the new Volvo XC60 builds on the success of the first-generation model. It is the fourth model underpinned by this platform, which also underpins the 90 series. With almost a million examples already sold globally in the nine years since its launch in 2008, the first-gen XC60 was considered as the No. 1 premium mid-sized SUV in Europe, in terms of sales. In fact, the XC60 accounts for around 30 percent of the carmaker’s global volume. The second-gen XC60 is going up against the likes of Audi Q5, BMW X3 and the Jaguar F-Pace.

In total, five powertrains are available for the new XC60: two petrol engines, two diesel units and one hybrid (petrol engine + electric motors). Each of these engines -- including the one in the hybrid powertrain – is an in-line four-cylinder aluminum mill with a displacement of 1,969 cc.

The T5 petrol engine is a turbocharged unit that delivers 187 kW (254 PS) of max output at 5,500 rpm and 350 Nm of peak torque available between 1,500 rpm and 4,800 rpm. The T6, meanwhile, is a turbocharged and supercharged engine that develops 235 kW (320 PS) of max output at 5,700 rpm and 400 Nm of peak torque available between 2,200 rpm and 5,400 rpm. This is the same engine that is employed in the T8 hybrid drive, which also features an electric motor that generates 65 kW (87 PS) of output and 240 Nm of instant torque. This means that the T8 hybrid drive provides 300 kW (407 PS) of output and 640 Nm of torque.

Meanwhile, D4 is a twin-turbo diesel engine that delivers 140 kW (190 PS) of max output at 4,250 rpm and 400 Nm of peak torque between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm. The D5 generates 173 kW (235 PS) of output at 4,000 rpm and 480 Nm of torque at between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm.

The new Volvo XC60 features three new advanced driver assistance systems – all of which are designed to deliver automatic steering assistance or support as required in order to help avoid possible collisions. These systems are the City Safety suite, Oncoming Lane Mitigation, and the optional Blind Spot Information System.

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The first new Volvo XC60 rolls off the production line in Torslanda, Sweden

Production of Volvo Cars’ new XC60 mid-size SUV started today at the company’s Torslanda plant in Sweden. The first customer-bound car, a T5 Inscription AWD in Crystal White, rolled off the production line just before lunch time.

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.

“This is a proud day for everyone at the plant,” said Magnus Nilsson, vice president of the Torslanda plant. “We have worked hard in recent weeks and months to prepare Torslanda for this latest new Volvo model, and now we are ready to start delivering new XC60s to customers.”

The XC60 is the fourth model based on Volvo’s in-house developed SPA vehicle architecture, following the introduction of the top-of-the-line 90 series in recent years. The SPA-related investments in Sweden have had positive effects on employment at the company, as thousands of new jobs have been added in production, research & development and other areas.

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.

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.

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.

With the new XC60 now on the market and gradually becoming available for order on markets across the globe, Volvo is set for another record year of sales in 2017.

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