All-new 2018 Volvo XC60

No surprises…it is just remarkable!

"The XC60 is Volvo's global top seller!"

"The new design philosophy brings the Swedish carmaker back into the luxury mid-sized SUV race."

"Once Ford sold off Volvo to Chinese manufacturer, Geely, in 2010, the whole brand started a new shiny era."

"The current XC60 still represents around 30 percent of Volvo's total global sales."

"The XC90 is bigger, but the XC60 is more significant to our markets," said Issam.

The whole story behind the new philosophy in design, and the way the Swedish car company decided to take over the premium segment again, started two years ago. Back then it was the launch of the XC90 (seven-seater) family hauler. It was followed last year by the S90 and V90. This year during Geneva's motor show, Volvo launched the all-new Volvo XC60.

Volvo took its freshly effective method of design and engineering and applied it to the most popular vehicle in the lineup, the XC60. The new XC60 was shrunken down from its bigger sibling the XC90. Both of them are built on Volvo's Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). Logically, the XC60 is smaller and offers two rows of seating, instead of three rows in the bigger XC90.

"We have a strong heritage in designing stylish and 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," said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive, Volvo Car Group.

New comfort and safety technology
The new XC60, one of the safest cars ever made, is fully loaded with new technology. Steer Assist has been added to the groundbreaking City Safety system. A new safety system called Oncoming Lane Mitigation uses steer assist to help mitigate head-on collisions, while Volvo's Blind Spot Indication System (BLIS) now uses Steer Assist functionality to reduce the risk of lane-changing collisions.

Pilot Assist, Volvo's advanced semi-autonomous driver assistance system, which takes care of steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads up to 130 km/h, is available in the new XC60 as an option.

"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," said Henrik Green, senior vice president Product & 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."

Performance
The new XC60 offers Volvo's award-winning T8 Twin Engine petrol plug-in hybrid at the top of the powertrain range, delivering 407 horsepower and acceleration from zero-to-100 km/h in just 5.3 seconds.

But it is not just under the hood that the new XC60 delivers healthy performance. The new CleanZone four-zone climate system removes harmful pollutants and particles from outside the cabin to deliver Scandinavian-fresh air on the inside.

Volvo Cars' driver infotainment and connected services offer, Sensus, and the Volvo On Call app both receive a graphical update with improved usability. As in the 90 Series cars, smartphone integration with CarPlay and Android Auto is also available.

"We have a wide range of powertrains. The new XC60 will launch with the diesel D4 engine at 190 horsepower and the D5 with PowerPulse technology delivering 235 horsepower. We also have the petrol-powered T5 delivering 254 horsepower and the T6, which with both turbo and superchargers attached, delivers 320 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque," added Henrik Green.

Sculpted feel
"The XC60 is an SUV not designed to look down on others but to drive. The exterior has an athletic sculpture with a subtle, timeless quality. The interior is a masterful composition of well-resolved architecture, beautiful materials and the very latest technology - all perfectly blended together. The XC60 provides a true Scandinavian experience which will make our customers feel special," said Thomas Ingenlath, senior vice president, Design, at Volvo Car Group.

Driving impressions
Although we didn't have the chance to test the T5 model, what we are talking about mainly is the T6 variant, which is the top-of-the-line Inscription trim level. To start with, the T6 is a pretty fast crossover. The eight-speed automatic offers quick and smooth shifts. The optional air suspension soaks up the bumps with ease and lowers the XC60 at highway speeds for more efficiency and better cornering performance.

The second-generation XC60, which will arrive in showrooms during the fourth quarter of 2017 as a 2018 model, is the salvation the Swedish automaker needs, a volume unit to reinforce the goodwill already generated by the successful launches of the highly regarded XC90 crossover as well as the new S90 sedan and V90 wagon. Volvo Cars' new XC60 is set to go into production in mid-April at the Torslanda Plant in Sweden.

Verdict
All in all, I would surely consider it over any SUV in its segment. But, the only matter is the brand image that Volvo hasn't yet reached in our region and surely whether the distributors and dealers are giving the brand its worthiness. I have a special place in my heart for the XC60 as I used to drive one in the past. But let me tell you something, the XC60 is certainly to be considered alongside anything else in the segment. It has the equipment, space, quality and safety to be considered a smart buy, along with the style and character to make it a genuine and authentic SUV.

Rivals: Mercedes GLC, Audi Q5, BMW X3, Porsche Macan, Cadillac XT5, Jaguar F-PACE, Infiniti QX50, Lexus NX/RX
Pros: Exterior design, interior cabin design, safety features, comfortable
Cons: Less buttons and centralizing everything on the screen can be distracting for the driver, autopilot not that accurate
4.5 stars
one word: brilliant

Specs T5
2.0L turbocharged, 4-cylinder, 254 hp @ 5,500 rpm, 350 Nm @ 1,500-4,800 rpm
8-speed auto, AWD
0-100 km/h: 6.8 sec, top speed: 220 km/h, fuel consumption: 7.3 L/100 km
Weight: 1,814-2,115 kg

Specs T6
2.0L supercharged and turbocharged, 4-cylinder, 320 hp @ 5,500 rpm, 400 Nm @ 1,500-4,800 rpm
8-speed auto, AWD
0-100 km/h: 5.9 sec, top speed: 230 km/h, fuel consumption: 7.7 L/100 km
Weight: 1,814-2,115 kg

Specs T8
2.0L supercharged and turbocharged, 4-cylinder, 320 hp, 400 Nm
Lithium Ion-Battery, 87 hp, 240 Nm
Total output from combustion engine and electrical motor: 407 hp, 640 Nm
8-speed auto, AWD
0-100 km/h: 5.3 sec, top speed: 230 km/h, fuel consumption: 2.1 L/100 km
Weight: 1,814-2,115 kg

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