After 9 years and nearly a million sales globally, Volvo has pulled the covers off the successor to the original XC60 SUV at the Geneva Motor Show.
The new model is described by Volvo as one of the safest cars ever made and is fully-loaded with new technology. Steer Assist has been added to the City Safety system. Oncoming Lane Mitigation has also been added and uses steer assist to help mitigate head-on collisions, while Volvo’s Blind Spot Indication System (BLIS) now uses the 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 80mph, is available in the as an option.
The new XC60 offers Volvo’s T8 Twin Engine petrol plug-in hybrid at the top of the powertrain range, delivering 407 hp and acceleration from 0-62mph in 5.3 seconds. The new XC60 will launch with the diesel D4 engine at 190 hp and the D5 with PowerPulse technology delivering 235 hp. There is also a petrol-powered T5 delivering 254 hp and the T6, which with both turbo and superchargers attached, delivers 320 hp and 400 Nm of torque.
Infotainment and connected services include Sensus wi-fi hotspot and the Volvo On Call app, both updated with improved usability. As in the 90 Series cars, smartphone integration with CarPlay and Android Auto is also available.
“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.
The new XC60 is set to go into production in mid-April at the Torslanda Plant in Sweden.