Stylish Swedish SUV gets serious
GENEVA MOTOR SHOW
The second generation of Volvo’s mid-sized XC60 SUV will hunt down a squadron of German premium crossovers and Jaguar’s booming F-Pace when it arrives here in the second quarter of 2018. Revealed at the Geneva motor show, the XC60 will arrive with expectations that it will follow the sales boom driven by the XC90 SUV and S90 sedan.
It should be able to benefit from the larger machines’ stunning interiors and stable chassis because it will be built off the same SPA large-car architecture, making it longer, lower and wider, but no heavier.
At 4,690mm, it’s 62mm longer than the outgoing car, while its wheelbase has been stretched by another 91mm (to 2,865mm), giving it significantly more rear legroom than the outgoing XC60, which was launched in 2008.
The new architecture gives it more interior space in all seats, with the width up by 12mm to 1,902mm, while it is 14mm lower at 1,658mm, even though it has added some ground clearance, so there is a slight reduction in headroom.
It keeps the cab-back design profile, even though the engine variants are limited to an array of relatively short 2.0l, fourcylinder turbocharged and/or supercharged motors replacing the five-cylinder 2.4 engine.
The strongest of them, the T8 plug-in hybrid variant, will push the mid-sizer to 100km/h in 5.3 seconds and the range will be fleshed out with petrol and diesel engines and acrossthe-board eight-speed automatic transmissions.
None of them are especially light, starting with the T5 at 2,081kg and ending at the 2,349kg T8, though they try to mitigate that by bumping up the maximum braked towing capacity by 400kg to 2,400kg.
Volvo sold 534,322 cars globally in 2016 and the outgoing XC60 chipped in with a contribution of 161,092 of those, yet Volvo expects the new version to achieve even more.
Built in its Torslanda, Sweden plant the XC60 will step up with safety and semi-autonomous driving features along with taking some of the luxury features from its big platform brothers.
There will be a blind-spot indication system, lane-departure mitigation to steer a drifting car back into its lane and Pilot Assist, which will take over the brake, throttle and steering work at speeds up to 130km/h.
Its camera and radar detection systems also combine for a large animal detection system and there’s also a system to prevent the SUV from running off the road.
“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,” says Henrik Green, senior vice-president product and 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.”
Some of those comforts include a four-zone climatecontrol system, connectivity for Apple and Android devices and full leather on all seats.
“We have a strong heritage in designing stylish, 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,” says Volvo Car president Håkan Samuelsson.
WE’VE PAID ATTENTION TO MAKING LIFE EASIER FOR OUR CUSTOMERS
Above: Like the outgoing model, the cab sits far back. Expect plenty of Scandinavian luxury and elegance, left.
The new Volvo XC60 is expected in this country in the second quarter of 2018.