• 2011 Volvo XC60

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.

Press release after the jump.

Press release

As of the end of November 2010, the Volvo XC60 can be specified with the new Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake safety system. At the same time, the XC60 gets the new infotainment system that has been introduced in the Volvo S60 and V60. All the information is presented in a five or seven inch colour screen integrated into the upper part of the centre console.

The new four-cylinder direct-injection 1.6- and 2-litre GTDi engines are now beginning to make their entry throughout the entire Volvo Cars’ model range.

Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake, which was introduced in the new Volvo S60 and V60, is now also available in the Volvo XC60. This is a support function that helps the driver detect potentially dangerous situations and can actively help avoid the nightmare scenario of colliding with a pedestrian. Pedestrian collisions occur on a daily basis in the increasingly intensive traffic environment. For instance, 16 percent of all those killed in traffic in Sweden are pedestrians. The corresponding figure for the USA is 11 percent, Germany is at 13 percent and in China the figure is as high as up to 25 percent.

First a warning, then full braking power

2011 Volvo XC60 High Resolution Interior
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Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake uses radar and camera technology to watch out for pedestrians in front of the car. The main purpose of the initial warning is to alert the driver so he or she can brake or steer out of the way. If the driver does not respond to the warning, the car automatically brakes with full force moments before the collision becomes unavoidable. With automatic braking, collisions can in certain circumstances be avoided at speeds of up to 35 km/h.

It is estimated that if all cars were fitted with Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake the number of pedestrians killed would be able to be reduced by more than 20 percent. The corresponding figure for serious injuries is almost 30 percent. In three cases out of ten, the collision may be able to be entirely avoided. The estimates are based on pedestrians being hit by the front of the car.

Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake doesn’t function in situations when the camera’s capacity is affected, for instance in the dark and in poor weather. It is always the driver that is responsible for driving safely.

Can also avoid rear-end impacts

2011 Volvo XC60 Interior
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The collision warning system is also programmed to react if the vehicle in front is at a standstill or is moving in the same direction as one’s own car. In certain situations, a collision may be avoided if the speed difference between the two vehicles is below 35 km/h. The technology is active in all speeds.

In the comfort stakes, the Volvo XC60 with automatic transmission is now available with the latest version of Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), which automatically helps maintain a pre-set gap to the vehicle in front. New is that this works also when driving in slow-moving traffic, all the way down to standstill. The car accelerates automatically when the traffic gets moving again.

A camera in the grille with a 180 degree field of vision is one new feature in the XC60’s accessories range. This camera is a significant asset in road junctions with limited visibility and also when parking. The view from the camera is presented in a screen integrated into the centre console.

Same infotainment system as the S60 and V60

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The Volvo XC60 is also being upgraded with an entirely new infotainment system where information from the audio system, navigation unit, mobile phone and other functions is presented in a five-inch or seven-inch colour screen in the upper part of the centre console. This screen is positioned high up in the driver’s field of vision to make it easy to keep his or her eyes safely on the road.
All the functions can be operated via buttons built into the steering wheel or controls positioned immediately below the colour screen. In addition, there is a separate remote control.

At the same time, the XC60 gets the same type of centre stack and the same range of audio units as recently introduced in the Volvo S60 and V60.

The most advanced audio unit, Premium Sound, has a Class D digital 5x130W amplifier with circuits from Swedish experts Anaview, Dolby Digital in combination with Dolby Pro Logic II Surround, the latest MultEQ from Audyssey Laboratories and 12 loudspeakers.
In addition to Premium Sound, which comes with a seven-inch screen, there are three other audio systems to choose between.

Two-litre GTDi engines in several models

The new four-cylinder direct-injected 1.6-litre and 2-litre GTDi engines are now becoming available in a wide range of Volvo models. The new GTDi (Gasoline Turbocharged Direct Injection) T5 engine has a displacement of two litres and produces no less than 240 hp. Torque is a healthy 320 Nm. The T5 engine in combination with Volvo’s automatic six-speed Powershift transmission becomes available in the Volvo S80, V70, XC60, S60 and V60 models. Powershift works in principle like two parallel manual gearboxes with separate clutches, resulting in lightning-swift and fuel-saving gear changes.

The T5 is also available with a six-speed manual gearbox in the Volvo S80, V70, S60 and V60.
"We have succeeded in making a four-cylinder engine that is as powerful as a 2.5-litre five-cylinder unit - but much more energy-efficient. This is a welcome development both for the environment and for those customers who want high performance and good driveability. One of the most important explanations behind the result is our patented new turbo system which has been tailor-made for smaller, more energy-efficient engines," says Paul Welander, acting Senior Vice President Product Development at Volvo Cars.

Two new 1.6-litre GTDi engines

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Two versions of a new 1.6-litre GTDi engine are also being introduced: the T4 with 180 horsepower and the T3 which produces 150 horsepower. Torque in both versions is 240 Nm, and both engines offer excellent pulling power throughout the speed range. The torque curve is relatively gentle, which promotes a particularly comfortable driving experience.

The T4 engine is available with Powershift or a six-speed manual gearbox in the Volvo S80, V70, S60 and V60. In the Volvo S60 and V60 with manual gearbox there is also a start/stop function which switches off the engine when the car is at a standstill with the clutch pedal released and the gear lever in neutral. The engine starts up as soon as the driver presses the clutch pedal. In the Volvo S60 and V60, the T3 engine is only available in combination with a manual gearbox and start/stop function.

In the S60 and V60 both transmission variants have a DRIVe button in the instrument panel to switch the fuel-saving functions off and on: Powershift comes with a new function that disengages drive when the driver lets the car coast with the accelerator fully released. This reduces rolling resistance and helps cut fuel consumption. In cars with the manual gearbox, it is the start/stop function that is controlled by the DRIVe button.

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  (453) posted on 02.17.2012

I like the design of the dashboard, specially the GPS. It is so helpful. Same goes with the comfortable interior, it makes me want to drive this car.

  (553) posted on 02.9.2012

The exterior seems not that surprising, since I’ve seen it on the other produced models of car manufacturers. I love how alert this car was like giving warning if a collision was possible. The infotainment system was superb.

  (488) posted on 02.6.2012

This Volvo XC60 is oozing with angst and appeal. It looks really great on its red
glossy finished! The interior is as exactly as I wanted. smiley

  (599) posted on 12.29.2011

The new four-cylinder direct-injection 1.6- and 2-liter GTDi engines are now beginning to make their entry throughout the entire Volvo Cars’ model range.

  (498) posted on 12.19.2011

The new four-cylinder direct-injection 1.6- and 2-liter GTDi engines are now beginning to make their entry throughout the entire Volvo Cars’ model range.

  (197) posted on 12.13.2011

Is it already on the market? I really want to see this on a person, well I love the fact that this one is so practical to use in my everyday transportation, and I notice that it is truly oozing with an appeal!

  (714) posted on 11.17.2011

Its mileage is absolutely looking so elegant on this versatile vehicle! smiley Well, this XC60 is truly the best choice for a luxury SUV, and the interior of it is really very impressive.

  (474) posted on 11.14.2011

I wonder if what is really the engine specification of this Volvo XC60? Anyway, just like them, I am also so fond with its versatility, and I’m glad that it can offer lots of safety features.

  (374) posted on 11.9.2011

I love the versatility of this SUV! I’m also glad that they didn’t forget to add also some safety features on this one, which I really love the most about this Volvo XC60. smiley

  (530) posted on 10.28.2011

Well, it is absolutely a versatile car that everyone would love to have. smiley For an SUV car, this one is a very satisfying car and honest it already meets my expectations for a car.

  (434) posted on 10.10.2011

I think its a good news that they programmed some collision warning system on this XC60, and the other infotainment that it had been very impressive for this kind of car. As for the exterior looks of it, I must say that it’s quite a good-looking one.

  (296) posted on 10.5.2011

The Volvo XC60 is really a versatile car. I simply love and impressed with this car for it had lots of features that are so useful and entertaining enough for a car. I must say that it is the SUV car that had the most luxurious interior. smiley

  (449) posted on 10.3.2011

Impressive SUV! I can’t expect it to be such a versatile car for the exterior seems so ordinary and simple. The safety features that it had been what I also love the most here! I would really love to have this.

  (776) posted on 09.26.2011

Though it didn’t have big changes, I appreciate the style and concept that remain. What’s beneficial here is that its system became more developed than before.

  (592) posted on 09.22.2011

The dashboard seems so awesome, and the handling of this Volvo XC60 looks very nice. Well, this car is so versatile that’s what I love the most in this car.

  (501) posted on 09.20.2011

The glossy body paint gives the classy and sophisticated look of this car. I simply love this one, for the fact that it offers a lot of safety features and I noticed that it had a very awesome dashboard and nice handling.

  (306) posted on 09.6.2011

I love the shiny body color of this XC60, seems so classy and sophisticated car. No one, can resist the beauty that it had and most especially its interior infotainment system. I would also love to have this one.

  (466) posted on 07.26.2011

It sounds great, for having its own radar to alert the driver. I think that is the only one that XC60 had that can beat the other, anyway I love the color. It gives an aggressive look of this car.

  (558) posted on 07.20.2011

This car is really amazing. Some wanted to have a unique and pretty car they just don’t mind if it can bring them or not the safety and comfortable that they need. I don’t mind if this car looks so simple and ordinary for me on the outside, what matters most is the safeness.

  (314) posted on 07.19.2011

definitely agree that the systems added are good. It looks simple outside but if you take a look on its systems, this car show modernism in some manner.

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