The Volvo XC60 enters the 2011 model year with no major changes on either the exterior or the interior. What it does get is a new Pedestrian Detection with a full auto brake safety system and a new infotainment system, similar to the one found in the S60.
The new Pedestrian Detection with full auto brake safety system works together to ensure that no pedestrian will get hurt due to unfortunate incident. The system uses radar and camera technology to watch for pedestrians at the front of the car. The system will alert the driver who can then act accordingly by either braking or steering clear of the pedestrian. If the driver is distracted in any way and does not brake or steer away then the auto brake system will stop the vehicle right before the vehicle hits the pedestrian.
The Volvo XC60 will come powered with a choice of a four-cylinder direct-injected 1.6-liter and a 2-liter GTDi engine.
When you have a Volvo V60 that you’re looking to have tuned-up by an aftermarket tuning company, the first place you need to go to is Heico Sportiv. As the authorities in modified Volvos - they recently did one for the S60 luxury sedan - the auto tuning house has provided an array of packages for a number of Volvo models throughout the years. With the new 2011 Volvo V60 wagon, Heico Sportiv isn’t about to let up.
Scheduled to debut at the Essen Motor Show, Heico Sportiv gave the V60 an interior and exterior facelift that has effectively turned the V60 from plain and simple to sexy and aggressive-looking. Who would’ve thought that was possible with Volvos?
Heico Sportiv improved the V60 wagon’s exterior by introducing front spoilers made from flexible polyurethane plastic and mounted on the original bumpers, ensuring that the latest pedestrian protection guidelines are met. The same material can also be found in the rear skirt enfolding the left and right oval end-pipes of the quad outlet exhaust system. If you’re not satisfied with this, the tuning firm is also offering matching carbon or alternative stainless steel inlays and a dual-pipe exhaust variant that’s arranged in a ‘left-right’ arrangement.
The interior of the V60 gets high-grade leather on the car’s dashboard, door trims, and center console that’s complimented by aluminum add-ons on the pedal set, gear shit knob, and the footrest. Finishing off the package for the Volvo V60 is the inclusion of sport springs and a set of 18-20” VOLUTION sport wheels.
The automotive king of safety, Volvo, isn’t too proud of the times when they’re forced to recall cars because of whatever sort of malfunction found in them. Unfortunately, in order to uphold their status as one of the safest brands in the world, the company needs to take care of these issues as fast as they can.
Recently, the company did just that after issuing a recall of 9,746 vehicles over what they claim to be malfunctioning air bags. A number of Volvo models are affected by this problem, including 2010-2011 S80 and XC70 models and 2011 models of the XC60 and V70.
According to the company, the recall was done because of an apparent problem with the driver’s airbag “clock spring wiring connector for the supplemental restraint system” that could cause airbags to deploy incorrectly in the event a crash occurred.
Volvo is looking to begin the recall as soon as it can where the company says that they would install a metal shim on the airbag to fix the problem.
Correct us if we’re wrong, but aren’t Volvos supposed to be considered one of the safest cars on the road?
It sure doesn’t seem like it these days after the Swedish car brand had another embarrassing episode while having another safety demonstration in front of Australian journalists in Europe. Before you start asking what on earth Aussie journalists are doing in Europe, that’s not really the point here.
The point is that a car brand noted for its outstanding safety features has once again been cast into the spotlight for another incident that pretty much undermines what we’ve known from Volvo over the years. Even worse, this isn’t the first time it happened. Back in May, the Volvo was testing out the new S60 and its intelligent emergency brakes when, during another demonstration in front of the media, inexplicably lost its brakes and ended up crashing into the back of a stationary truck.
Volvo will be entering the World Touring Car Championship with a C30 DRIVe model in 2011. The company will participate in all races with one Volvo C30 DRIVe racer driven by Robert Dahlgren. However, the 2011 season will just be an evaluation, as the official entry will be made in 2012.
"We are very happy and proud for this vote of confidence. This will be a challenge for us but we have prepared for this for several years. Our organization is in place and we have already started with preparations" says Christian Dahl, Managing Director for Polestar Racing. "Volvo has a solid touring car racing tradition and we see a potential now for converting this into a global commercial tool from 2012 through WTCC. It is vital the technical and commercial aspects of the series align with our ambitions and this is what Polestar is out to confirm for us in 2011."
Encouraged by the huge success the new S60 has produced, Volvo has decided to expand its line-up with two small models that will target BMW, more precisely the 1-Series and X1.
The first model is a sedan that will be smaller than the current S40, which will be going out of production in the next two years due to the similarity in sizes between the S40 and the redesigned S60. A smaller crossover is also said to be in the works because Volvo thinks "there will be more X1 counterparts in the luxury segment, " said Doug Speck, CEO of Volvo Cars of North America. The future crossover will also help fill in the gaps as Volvo continues the extinction of station wagons in the U.S.
As for the larger models, the S80 sedan and the XC90 crossover will get their own platforms when the vehicles are redesigned in the next two years. "We need to do something about each of those new products," Speck said. "The large S80 sedan segment is very big in China, and that range of sedan is even more critical for all the luxury brands than it has been five years ago."
Apparently no one wants to share the spotlight during the Paris Auto Show because many automakers have decided to spill the beans about the vehicles they will be debuting just a week before the actual event. Volvo is no different as they have just revealed details on an R-Design package for both their S60 and V60 models. Both models will go on sale in the autumn of 2010, with the US market only getting the S60 R-Design.
The R-Design models will be distinguished by a redesigned front with a grille painted in glossy piano black, color-matched body components, details in matte special finish, and a hexagonal pattern that is repeated both front and rear. The sedan will also get twin exhaust tailpipes and unique five-spoke 18-inch Diamond cut wheels. Both models will be painted in Passion Red. The interior will get sports seats, special leather/textile upholstery, special steering wheel, gear selector, sports pedals, and floor-mats.
As for the technical details, the R-Design models will get a strut brace under the bonnet, monotube dampers, the shortened (by 15mm) front and rear springs, and a new Corner Traction Control system.
Under the hood Volvo will place a range of petrol and diesel engines, starting with an economical DRIVe version producing 115 HP and going up to a high-performance turbo version with 304 HP.
After Heico Sportiv unveiled the official details on their new tuning kit for the S60 sedan, Volvo has followed right behind with their own special edition that they have developed in collaboration with that same tuner. Together they have produced the S60 T6 Design that will be built in a limited 100 units and priced at €63,968 (around $81,000 at the current exchange rates).
This special edition will come painted in Black Sapphire metallic, and distinguished by 19-inch Diamond cut alloys with Pirelli tyres, a two-part front spoiler, and a rear diffuser bumper made of superlight plastic and carbon fiber. The interior will get an aluminum trimmed gear knob and pedals along with a limited edition plate which identifies the specific production number of the car.
Under the hood the engine has been tuned to deliver 330 Hp and 460 NM of torque. The 0 to 60 mph sprint is now made in 5.8 seconds, while top speed is still electronically limited to 155 mph.
Frankly, the two kits are similar so the customer’s best bet would be to just compare prices and go with the cheapest. Hey, it pays to be frugal.
At the end of July, Heico Sportiv announced plans to create a tuning kit for the new Volvo S60. Those plans have come to fruition as the tuner has revealed the official details on this package. The tuner has updated both the car’s aerodynamics and output with the package becoming available September 5, 2010.
The exterior package includes a new front spoiler mounted on the original bumper, a PUR-R-RIM rear skirt in diffuser, and left and right oval end-pipes of the quad outlet exhaust system. The package is finished with 18-20" sport wheels.
In order to upgrade the engine’s output, the tuner is offering ECU upgrades for both D3/D5 diesel engines. For the 2.0 T engine, the tuner managed to squeeze an extra 47 HP, while the T6 has been upgraded to an impressive 330 HP. The result is a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph.
Volvo wants to hit the big time and new owner Geely isn’t wasting any time letting people know it. Earlier this week, the Chinese automaker completed its purchase of Volvo from Ford and already the brand is making headlines. The new chairman, Li Shufu, has announced that he wants Volvo to produce a car that will compete with the BMW 7-Series and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. He mentioned that Volvo already has cars to compete with most of the other segments, but they lack a true luxury sedan.
According to the Financial Times, Volvo was unable to develop such a car under Ford’s mighty grasp. The company was worried about a massive Volvo stealing sales from Jaguar, which was also owned by Ford at the time. Now, Geely has the reigns and it seems like they are steering Volvo in the bigger car direction. Unfortunately, it’s just a rumor for now because there has been no official word claiming the production of a bigger luxury sedan from Volvo.
Li will have to convince the new board that this is a smart move for the company, but it sounds like it should go through.