This remains one of Volvo's most important models.
To start 2021, 80 percent of all Volvo vehicles sold in the United States have been SUVs. It's no surprise, then, that models like the XC40 and XC60 are incredibly important for the Swedish automaker. Last year alone, the company sold nearly 200,000 XC60s. In the case of the larger XC60, Volvo has just announced a number of technology upgrades for the 2022 model.
Most importantly, the XC60 now receives an upgraded Android-powered infotainment setup that includes integrated Google apps and services. As if it wasn't a safe enough vehicle before, Volvo has also upgraded the XC60's driver-assistance features and updated the styling.
The new infotainment system boasts what's called a Digital Services package that allows access to features like Google Assistant that can provide hands-free assistance to the driver, as well as improved navigation via Google Maps. Customers will, however, have to sign up for this package.
The Volvo XC40 Recharge was the first vehicle from the company to use this Google system, which will continue rolling out to other Volvos following its implementation in the XC60. On the safety side, the new XC60 has an enhanced active safety system utilizing numerous cameras, sensors, and radars.
Through this system, the XC60 can initiate features like automatic braking, detection of other road users, and the Pilot Assist function that can support the driver as the XC60 reaches highway speeds.
Visually, the XC60 gets an updated grille, a redesigned front bumper, and a fresh selection of colors and wheel options. These upgrades are barely noticeable, but then again, not much change was needed as the XC60 is an especially stylish SUV. The cabin, already one of the most tranquil in the class, gains new materials like leather-free upholstery and a greater scope for personalization.
The 2022 Volvo XC60 will go into production from the end of May this year. For now, pricing hasn't yet been made available.