- It’s on the way – new Volvo top model
- More tech from masters of modern
- Global deliveries from May 2017
TORSLANDA, Sweden – Production of Volvo Cars’ new XC60 mid-size SUV hs begun here (April 26 2017)(at the company’s Torslanda plant in Sweden, the first customer-bound car, a Crystal White T5 AWD Inscription, was completed just before lunch.
The new car replaces Volvo’s highly successful original XC60, which in the nine years since its launch became the best-selling premium mid-sized SUV in Europe. Nearly a million were sold globally and the model represents around 30% of Volvo’s total global sales.
Magnus Nilsson, vice-president of the Torslanda plant, told The Corner in a media release: “This is a proud day for everybody at the plant. We’ve worked hard to prepare for this the newest (Apl 2017) Volvo model – now we’re ready to start deliveries.”
The new XC60 is claimed to be one of the safest cars yet made and “loaded with new technology” including “oncoming lane mitigation” which, it is hoped, will reduce the impact of a head-on crash.
TOP MODEL A HYBRID
Semi-autonomous driver-assistance, an extra-cost option, will handle steering, acceleration and braking on a well-marked road at up to 130km/h.
A top-of-the-range hybrid will be in the catalogue, a T8 Twin Engine petrol/plug-in capable of 305kW and 0-100km/h in 5.3sec.
Volvo Cars’ Sensus driver infotainment and connected services will, the automaker says, can include Volvo’s On Call app both, smartphone integration with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Volvo reckons the XC60 will make 2017 another year of record sales.