It’s the way the XC60 was supposed to be

After nine long years on the market, Volvo is finally ready to usher in the second generation XC60 SUV, and it comes complete with added comfort, a couple of extra safety features, and a fresh interior look that pushes it well into the realm of being able to compete with other premium SUVs once again. The outside of the XC60 has also morphed into a sleeker and much more attractive offering with deep, strategically placed lines, a revised waistline, and an overall more attractive package.

The new exterior look starts off up front with the revised grille that still sports a chrome surround and the traditional Volvo emblem, but now has vertical slats that seem to float within the grille surround. The new headlight units are thinner and link to the grille, but feature a unique LED strip that runs horizontally across the center of the light before getting taller and wider in the outside corners. Appropriately, it’s called the “Thors Hammer” LED strip because it just seems to fit.

The lower portion of the fascia has been reformed to offer a sense of depth. The big changes to the sides include a belt line that swoops upward in the rear, reshaped rear quarter glass, a toned down side profiles, and some new wheels. Finally, sleeker and modern-looking taillights give the rear end a new look, while the lower fascia has been revised to include better placement of the exhaust outlets. All told, it’s an attractive exterior package, but what about the interior?

Inside, things get even juicier as a full update was in order, and boy did Volvo deliver. The seats now feature perforated center sections, while the center console is now taller, and doesn’t have that weird grade that the current model has, allowing for a central armrest up front. As such, the center console and center stack don’t appear to be one whole unit, and that ugly recessed infotainment display has been replaced by a much larger unit that protrudes from the dash just a bit. The whole dash has been redesign and is very pleasing to look at. The upper portion of the dash is wrapped in leather and gets contrasting stitching. The top pad creates a tiny overhang for the whole dash, including the instrument cluster and the new vent layout is much more attractive.

On the technology front, Volvo hasn’t said a whole lot, but considering this is a 2018 model and won’t launch for at least a few more months, that isn’t too surprising. However, the model you see here is sporting what appears to be a fully digital instrument cluster, with two primary gauges – one for speed and one that serves as a tachometer. The infotainment display serves not only as the centerpiece for navigation, communication, and audio pleasure, but also serves as the control for the integrated HVAC system – something that means fewer physical buttons and a cleaner overall appearance inside the cabin.

Volvo claims that the new XC60 is fully-loaded with new technology, but what that really means is that the City Safety system has been upgraded to include “Steer Assist.” This feature goes hand-in-hand with the new Oncoming Lane Mitigation system and will help steer the vehicle clear if oncoming traffic poses an immediate hazard, and the driver doesn’t react. It’s also integrated into the blind spot warning system and will help prevent accidental collisions with vehicles hidden off in your blind spot during lane changes.

On the drivetrain front, Volvo comes correct yet again, with power output increases across the board. At launch, you’ll be able to get the new XC60 with The gasoline powered T5 and T6 engines that now offer 254 horsepower and 320 horsepower, respectively. That’s an increase of 14 horsepower for the T5 and 18 horsepower for the T6. Volvo will also offer a couple of diesel powertrains (not likely to find their way into U.S. models, I’m sure) with the D4 engine offering up 190 horsepower and the D5 offering up 235 horsepower.

Finally, there’s the T8 Twin Engine hybrid that sits at the top of the range and delivers a cool 407 horsepower, which is enough to push the XC60 to the 62-mph mark in 5.3 seconds. Volvo hasn’t released torque figures for most of the engines, or any other performance-related information, but T6 carries on with the same 295 pound-feet of torque, so I suspect torque figures will remain the same for the other drivetrains as well. AWD should be available on certain trim levels as well.

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The Way it Should Be

The New Volvo XC60 Steers Clear of Trouble Automatically While Offering Increased Comfort and a Fresh Look High Resolution Exterior
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The New Volvo XC60 Steers Clear of Trouble Automatically While Offering Increased Comfort and a Fresh Look High Resolution Exterior
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I’ve been getting used to seeing facelifts and new-generation models that are too similar to their outgoing counterparts, but Volvo has managed to find just the right balance of new and old. That new waistline, the look of depth inside and out, the new technology – it’s exactly what the XC60 needed to remain relevant in the ever-growing and overpopulated SUV market.

The New Volvo XC60 Steers Clear of Trouble Automatically While Offering Increased Comfort and a Fresh Look High Resolution Interior
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The New Volvo XC60 Steers Clear of Trouble Automatically While Offering Increased Comfort and a Fresh Look High Resolution Interior
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As a 2018 model, the XC60 should go on sale late in the third quarter of 2017 or early in the last quarter, so if you’re looking for a new SUV you just might want to wait a bit before signing on the dotted line – you’re not going to want to miss the opportunity to consider the new XC60 on your hunt for the perfect, premium family hauler.

Read our full review on the new Volvo XC60 here.

Press Release

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.

The New Volvo XC60 Steers Clear of Trouble Automatically While Offering Increased Comfort and a Fresh Look High Resolution Exterior
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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.”

The New Volvo XC60 Steers Clear of Trouble Automatically While Offering Increased Comfort and a Fresh Look High Resolution Exterior
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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.

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“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.

The New Volvo XC60 Steers Clear of Trouble Automatically While Offering Increased Comfort and a Fresh Look High Resolution Interior
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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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