The 2017 Volvo XC60 updates one of the strongest-selling cars in Volvo’s showroom, and the one that wowed the market after it introduced Volvo’s city braking function that could automatically avoid, or lessen, a crash into the car in front.
As well, the new City Safety system introduces automated steering that will take control of the wheel when the car senses a crash is about to happen, and take evasive action. The steering tech also extends to the blind spot alert, preventing the XC60 from dropping into the next lane, and avoiding a head-on collision.
“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, Volvo’s senior vice-president of product and quality.
“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.”
The most powerful drivetrain in the XC60 line-up will be the T8 Twin Engine, a plug-in hybrid featuring an electric motor paired with a turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, delivering 305kW and sprinting from 0-100km/h in 5.3 seconds, or about the same time as a high-performance Volkswagen Golf R.
Other engines on offer in Europe are a pair of diesels and a T6 petrol engine that’s both turbo- and supercharged.
The new XC60 is set to go into production in mid-April at the Torslanda Plant in Sweden.