Around 30% of Volvo’s global sales are compact crossovers, but after nine years on the market the XC60 was due for a change. Today at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the all-new 2018 Volvo XC60 finally made its world debut.
“The new XC60 is 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.
It certainly looks like a miniature version of the award-winning XC90, doesn’t it?
World-class safety as usual
The new XC60 is hailed as one of the safest automobiles ever made. Steer Assist has been added to the ground-breaking City Safety system. A new safety feature 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.
What’s more, Volvo’s advanced semi-autonomous driver assistance system, Pilot Assist, 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,” added Henrik Green, Senior Vice President Product & Quality at Volvo Car Group.
Power and tech for a rewarding drive
The new 2018 Volvo XC60 comes with a selection of T5 and T6 engines ranging from 254-320 hp. More importantly, the top-line model gets the acclaimed T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid system; it delivers 407 hp and accelerates from 0-100 km/h in just 5.3 seconds.
Inside, the Volvo Sensus driver infotainment system and connected services have received a graphical update for improved usability. Same thing for the Volvo On Call app. Smartphone integration with CarPlay and Android Auto is also available.
When will we see it on the road?
The 2018 Volvo XC60 is set to enter production at the Torslanda Plant in Sweden about a month from now. It will arrive in Canadian showrooms during the fourth quarter of 2017. More specs and pricing details will be announced prior to its on-sale date.