Ezz Elarab launches all-new Volvo XC60 in Egypt

COM­PANY AIMS TO SELL 650 VOLVO CARS BY END-2018, SOURCE SAYS

The Daily News Egypt - - Business - By Mo­hamed Al-Rouby

Ezz Elarab Au­to­mo­tive Group, the ex­clu­sive agent for the SwedishVolvo Car Group in Egypt, re­leased the all-new XC60 in the Egyp­tian mar­ket a few days ago.It is a multi-pur­pose sporty car,made en­tirely in Swe­den,and was of­fi­cially pre­sented to the pub­lic at the 2017 Geneva In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show.

Ac­cord­ing to sources at Ezz Elarab, the com­pany aims to in­crease its sales ofVolvo cars by 50% this year to reach 650 units, in con­junc­tion with the launch of the XC60 model in the Egyp­tian mar­ket.

The com­pany also seeks to launch the Volvo XC40 in the sec­ond half of 2019.The XC60 is the younger sis­ter of the XC90.

The new Volvo XC60 is a mid-size SUV cross­over with a uniquely Scan­di­na­vian char­ac­ter.The XC60’s de­sign, based off the XC90, com­bines beauty and strength.

The ex­te­rior up­dates are pri­mar­ily cos­metic, with changes to the grille and front driv­ing lights, loss of black cladding along the lower door­sills,and mi­nor changes to the ex­haust tips and tail­lights.The in­te­rior up­dates in­clude new ma­te­ri­als and dash­board trims, avail­able pad­dle shifter on the T6 model, and in­tro­duc­tion of a sev­eninch touch-screen dis­play.

The XC60 is based on the same scal­able prod­uct ar­chi­tec­ture (SPA) plat­form as the S90,V90,and XC90.As part of Volvo’s move to­ward smaller en­gines, the new model uses only a four-cylin­der en­gine, in var­i­ous con­fig­u­ra­tions and states of tune.

Volvo quotes an of­fi­cial 0-100 km/h time of 6.9 sec­onds—hardly slow— and a com­bined fuel con­sump­tion fig­ure of 5.6 litres per 100 km.The ca­pac­ity of its fuel tank is 60 litres.

Volvo has fo­cused on safety in this model, as it has done in all its cars, and has added a new safety sys­tem called On­com­ing Lane Mit­i­ga­tion, us­ing steer as­sist to help mit­i­gate head-on col­li­sions, while Volvo’s Blind Spot In­di­ca­tion Sys­tem (BLIS) can ac­tively guide the SUV out of harm’s way and back into its lane if it de­tects that it is about to col­lide with another ve­hi­cle when chang­ing lanes.

Volvo’s au­topi­lot also pro­vides as­sis­tance to driv­ers when turn­ing, speed­ing, and us­ing brakes on wellde­fined roads at speeds up to 130 km/h.Volvo is quick to make it clear this is just for as­sis­tance and can in no way be ex­pected to drive the car all on its own.

The XC60 is the high­est-sell­ing car among Volvo’s world-class cars. It is avail­able in Egypt in two cat­e­gories: the Mo­men­tum costs EGP 190,000 and the In­scrip­tion costs EGP 1.39m. A third cat­e­gory is ex­pected to be launched soon.

THE NEW VOLVO XC60 IS A MID-SIZE SUV CROSS­OVER WITH A UNIQUELY SCAN­DI­NA­VIAN CHAR­AC­TER

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