This is one sleek, stylish and very safe SUV.
With so many seminal supercars being revealed at this week’s Geneva Motor Show, it’s easy to overlook some of the new SUVs being shown off. Take the new Volvo XC60, for example. It may not dazzle you with its blistering performance figures, but the tech inside this sleek and stylish SUV deserves your attention. Volvo is renowned for its cutting-edge car safety technology, and the XC60 continues the trend. The new Volvo XC60 has a lot to live up to, though.
The last model was on sale for nine years, and went on to become the bestselling premium mid-sized SUVs in Europe, with nearly one million units sold worldwide. “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 Hakan Samuelsson, President and Chief Executive, Volvo Car Group. Volvo is so confident about its the new safety technology in the new XC60 that it’s billing the tech-laden SUV as “one of the safest cars ever made.”
It's a bold claim, perhaps, but the Steer Assist added to the City Safety system is undeniably clever, taking over the steering if it detects a potential hazard when braking alone isn’t enough to avoid an accident. Oncoming Lane Mitigation is another new safety system introduced in the XC60 which uses the Steer Assist to guide you back into the correct lane to prevent head-on collisions. Volvo’s Blind Spot Indication System works in a similar way by monitoring your lane position and using the Steer Assist to reduce the risk of collisions. "We have focused on building a car that can deliver pleasure to all of your senses" said Henrik Green, Senior Vice President Product & Quality at Volvo Car Group.
"From a commanding view of the road ahead in a beautifully appointed and calm cabin, to a safe, inspired and confident ride. 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,” he added. Volvo’s advanced semi-autonomous driver assistance system, known as Pilot Assist, can also be fitted to the XC60 as an optional extra. With Pilot Assist activated, the autonomous technology will take over steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads up to 80 mph.
At the top of the XC60 range is Volvo’s award-winning T8 Twin Engine gasoline plug-in hybrid which delivers 407 horsepower and accelerates from 0-60 mph in just 5.3 seconds. Other powertrain options include a diesel D4 engine with 190-hp and a D5 with PowerPulse technology delivering 235-hp. A gasoline-powered T5 model delivers 254-hp, while the T6 available with both turbo and superchargers delivers 320-hp and 295 lb-ft. Volvo is also touting its CleanZone four-zone climate system, which removes harmful pollutants and particles “to deliver Scandinavian-fresh air on the inside.”
As with Volvo’s 90 series cars, smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is also available in the XC60, along with a Sensus system and the Volvo On Call app, both of which have received graphical updates to improve usability. Production of the new XC60 is due to start at the Torslanda Plant in Sweden in mid-April.