2018 Volvo XC60: Bigger, safer
Totally remade with an eye towards battling upscale rivals like Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Jaguar F-Pace, the 2018 Volvo XC60 was unveiled in Geneva. Volvo’s best-selling model is now based on the same SPA (Scalable Platform Architecture) underpinning the larger XC90. Beyond providing the Gen II XC60 with a more refined look and feel, the new 5-passenger model has more usable interior space. In keeping with Volvo’s stated goal that no one will be killed or seriously injured in one of its new vehicles by the year 2020, the remade XC60 bolsters its existing suite of driver assists with a trio of new features intended to help prevent collisions.
“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,” noted Henrik Green, Senior Vice President Product & Quality of the Volvo Car Group at the XC60’s unveiling. “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.”
While evolutionary in character, the “athletically sculpted” exterior of the remade XC60 has more edge, from new Thor’s Hammer headlamps to a bolder LED taillamp signature. Longer, lower and wider than before, this SUV also has a more commanding curbside presence from just about any angle. More pronounced changes are found inside the cabin, which has been heavily influenced by the design of the XC90. A more elegant appearance incorporates more wood and leather trim plus revised display and control configurations. The feature set is complemented by things like a CleanZone 4-zone climate control system and the Sensus infotainment setup with the latest Volvo On Call app package plus support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. While final specs are still pending, there’s clearly more room here, particularly in the second row.
A safer tomorrow
Equally important, the new Volvo XC60 will roll onto the scene with a selection of new accident avoidance technologies. The standard City Safety system has been updated to include steering support that engages when it senses that automatic braking alone won’t avoid a potential collision. The optional Blind Spot Information System also has been augmented by a steering-assist feature that can direct the car back into lane and out of harm’s way. But the biggest innovation will be a new Oncoming Lane Mitigation System. Operational between 37-87 mph, it uses steer assist to help mitigate head-on collisions by automatically directing the vehicle back onto its side of the road and out of the path of oncoming traffic. Like the XC90, the new XC 60 will offer large animal detection, road run-off mitigation and the semi-autonomous Pilot Assist as an option.
Here in the U.S., the new Volvo XC60 will be available with the same Drive-E powertrain choices as the XC90. Front- and all-wheel drive T5 versions will come with a 2.0-liter/250-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, the AWD-only T6s get a 316-horse supercharged/turbocharged version of the engine and the AWD plug-in Twin Engine T8 models step output up to 400 total ponies with the help of an electric motor that drives the rear wheels. Production of the 2018 Volvo XC60 will start in April and we expect to have more details about pricing, packaging and EPA figures shortly.
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