Volvo’s master plan comes to fruition, in the shape of the Volvo XC60
Geneva: Volvo once more pioneers safety with the ground breaking Volvo XC60, and is ready to take the fight to BMW’s X3 and Audi’s Q5.
Having been a to a few Volvo launches of late the attitude of Volvo has always been, “This one’s good, but wait till you see the next one!” First it was the ground-breaking XC90, then S90 and in the now the game changing XC60, which according to pundits could be Volvo’s biggest seller in its current range.
Sleek, attractive and pretty much a scale model of the XC90 (which really isn’t a bad thing) XC60 promises to take the fight directly to Audi’s Q5 and BMW’s X3.
XC60 comes with Volvo’s new “Steering Support” which intervenes when braking alone will not avoid an inevitable collision. The System works between 50 and 100km/h and is a first for any car manufacturer. Volvo’s Pilot Assist will be an optional extra on XC60.
The all-new XC60 offers Volvo’s award-winning T8 Twin Engine petrol plug-in hybrid at the top of its powertrain range, delivering a total combined output of 300 kW and acceleration from 0-100 km/h in just 5.3 seconds. The rest of the engine line-up also includes the same petrol and diesel Drive-E engines as found in the XC90.
“We have a wide range of powertrains,” says Henrik Green, Senior Vice President of Product & Quality at Volvo Car Group “The all-new XC60 will launch with the D4 diesel engine with 140 kW and the D5 with PowerPulse technology delivering 173 kW. We also have the petrol-powered T5 delivering 186 kW and the T6, which with turbo- and supercharging, delivers 235 kW and 400 Nm of torque.”
Arrival of the all-new Volvo XC60 in South Africa is preliminary confirmed for the second quarter of 2018, with engine availability, specification, pricing and model mix to be confirmed and communicated closer to the time of launch.