Stylish Swedish SUV gets se­ri­ous

GENEVA MO­TOR SHOW

Business Day - Motor News - - MOTOR NEWS - Michael Tay­lor

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.

MORE SPACE

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.

CON­FI­DENT RIDE

“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.

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