- Nine years on, the new Volvo XC60
- ‘Strong heritage, dynamic new SUV’
- ‘Calming cabin, safe and confident ride’
GENEVA, Switzerland – Volvo Cars has revealed the “long-awaited” and all-new XC60 premium SUV at the 2017 Geneva auto show.
The car, Volvo says, replaces the brand’s original XC60 introduced nine years earlier and proved itself by becoming the best-selling premium mid-sized SUV in Europe with almost a million sales globally.
Those cars still represent about 30% of Volvo’s global sales.
The new model is provisionally expected in South Africa in the second quarter of 2017 when specs and prices will be confirmed.
Håkan Samuelsson, Volvo Car Group’s president and chief executive, told The Corner in a media release: “We have a strong heritage in designing stylish and dynamic SUV’s that carry the latest in technology.
“The all-new XC60 is no exception. It’s the perfect car for an active lifestyle, the next step in our transformation.”
The new car rides on the same “architecture” as the latest 90 and Volvo described the car as “one of the safest cars yet made, fully-loaded with new technology” – one of which helps to prevent head-on, lane-crossing, collisions.
Henrik Green, senior vice-president for product quality at Volvo Car Group, added another view: “We’ve focused on building a car that can deliver pleasure to all your senses from a commanding view of the road in a beautifully appointed and calming cabin to a safe, inspired and confident ride.”
But then he would, hey? He adds: “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 semi-autonomous driving system which takes care of steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads up to 130km/h (i.e. cruise control with lane-following, as used already by a number of brands) will be an option with the new XC60.
Engines will include a 300kW T8 Twin Engine petrol/plug-in hybrid at the top of its range. The rest of the engine line-up includes the same petrol and diesel Drive-E engines as found in the XC90.
“We have a wide range of powertrains,” adds Henrik Green. “The all-new XC60 will launch with the D4 diesel engine with 140kW and the D5 with PowerPulse technology delivering 173kW.
“We also have the petrol-powered T5 delivering 186kW and the T6, with turbo- and supercharger, capable of 235kW and 400Nm.”
The cabin has a 23cm vertical touchscreen and smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available.
Thomas Ingenlath, senior vice-president for design at Volvo Car Group, chimes in: “The XC60 is an SUV designed to be driven, not to look down on others. The interior is a composition of beautiful materials and the latest technology – it’s a true Scandinavian experience to make our customers feel special.”