2018 Volvo XC60 comes with upgraded powertrain and new exterior design

Article by Christian A., on March 15, 2017

Fans have been kept on their toes ever since the lengthy teaser campaign, more so when the very revealing image of the second-generation Volvo XC60 was leaked. Finally, the wait is over, as details for the premium crossover have been revealed.

For starters, the 2018 Volvo XC60 carried over the great qualities of the XC90’s design, creating a smaller package which some believe works pretty well on the new model. The interior cabin of the XC60 is as opulent as its predecessor and is installed with a four-zone climate control. It also supports both Android and Apple CarPlay integration. The improvements on the XC60 are quite a breath of fresh air considering the challenges it will face in its segment.

What’s pretty surprising about the XC60 is that it is fitted with the same T8 Twin Engine setup as that of the bigger SC90 that will carry out the performance that it deserves. An electric motor works in conjunction with the turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter engine to produce a total output of 407 horsepower enough for the XC60 hybrid to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 kph) in a matter of 5.3 seconds.

The XC60 is on the same SPA platform as that of the “90” series – bigger models to be exact – and will soon be pitted against the Audi Q5, BMW X3, and the Jaguar F-Pace. An array of Drive-E four cylinder engines, including the 190-hp D4, 235-hp D5 and 254-hp T5, will power the XC60. Also, a warm T6 configuration with 320 hp and 295 lb.-ft. (400 Nm) of torque will also be made available for the new crossover.

Just like any other Volvo, the XC60 is also packed with a safety kit. Among these is an optional semi-autonomous driving system that is said to reach speeds of up to 80 mph (130 kph) on “well-marked roads”, taking care of acceleration, braking and steering. Also, for new drivers who are not that confident with their driving skills, the XC60 can also be ordered with extra driver’s aids that will automatically apply the brakes and automatically steer the car away from any impending accident even when the object or person is on its blind spot.

The all-new Volvo XC60 is set for production by mid-April in Volvo’s Torslanda Plant in Sweden and is expected to grace the market by summer of this year.

Press Release

Volvo Cars reveals new XC60 premium SUV

Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, today revealed the long-awaited new XC60 premium SUV at the Geneva Motor Show.

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.

“We have a strong heritage in designing stylish and dynamic SUVs that offer the latest in technology. The new XC60 will be no exception. It’s the perfect car for an active lifestyle, and it represents the next step in our transformation plan,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President and Chief Executive, Volvo Car Group.

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.

“We have focused on building a car that can deliver pleasure to all of your senses – from a commanding view of the road ahead in a beautifully appointed and calm cabin, to a safe, inspired and confident ride,” said Henrik Green, Senior Vice President Product & Quality at Volvo Car Group. “We’ve paid particular attention to making life easier for our customers by providing them with the creature comforts and services that take the hassle out of everyday life.”

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.

Performance

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.

“We have a wide range of powertrains. The new XC60 will launch with the diesel D4 engine at 190 hp and the D5 with PowerPulse technology delivering 235 hp. We also have the petrol-powered T5 delivering 254 hp and the T6, which with both turbo and superchargers attached, delivers 320 hp and 400 Nm of torque,” added Henrik Green.

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.

Sculpted feel

“The XC60 is an SUV not designed to look down on others but to drive. The exterior has an athletic sculpture with a subtle, timeless quality. The interior is a masterful composition of well-resolved architecture, beautiful materials and the very latest technology - all perfectly blended together. The XC60 provides a true Scandinavian experience which will make our customers feel special,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President, Design at Volvo Car Group.

Volvo Cars’ new XC60 is set to go into production in mid-April at the Torslanda Plant in Sweden.

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