Volvo reveals the all-new XC60

An upgrade to a more modern look
by Andrew Guerrero | Mar 9, 2017

While the nine-year-old Volvo XC60 is still a strong seller that makes up roughly 30% of Volvo’s global sales, it looks dated when you put it next to the the all-new XC90. The good news is it won’t stay that way for long.

Just revealed at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, the all-new XC60 heralds the next wave of Volvo models. As expected, it inherits the same upmarket design language of the XC90. This includes a more traditional-looking rear profile. Up front, the all-new XC60 wears a variation of Volvo’s new and more upright corporate grille, flanked by slim angular headlights that feature the signature 'Thor’s Hammer' LEDs.

Positioned as a younger and smaller five-seater SUV, the XC60 gains more sculpted sides and prominent haunches that give it a more athletic appearance. Bucking the current SUV trend, Volvo’s latest crossover is devoid of excessive black cladding. At the back, it has L-shaped taillights which extend into the pillars, reminiscent of the ones on the new V90 wagon. Inside it has a horizontal dashboard, adorned with simple but nice details and accents, similar to the one that graces the flagship 90-series models.

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In traditional Volvo fashion, the all-new XC60’s safety tech doesn’t disappoint. Its lengthy list of features includes oncoming lane mitigation, blind spot indication system with steer assist functionality, and the optional semi-autonomous driver assistance system.

On the entertainment front, there’s the Sensus Connect infotainment system. Like most new cars, it comes available with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The new XC60 will be offered with a variety of engines. At the top is the hybrid 407hp Twin Engine gasoline-plug-in T8, which can propel the SUV to 100kph in only 5.3 seconds. The conventional gasoline powerplants include the 254hp turbocharged T5, and the 320hp turbocharged and supercharged T6. Completing the range is a pair of oil-burners: the 190hp D4, and the 235hp D5 with PowerPulse technology.

Volvo’s message to the other Luxury carmakers is clear: They better watch out, because its best-selling, segment-topping model just got better.

The all-new XC60 will go into production in mid-April this year at Volvo’s Torslanda Plant in Sweden. Expect it to hit global showrooms in the following months.

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