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.