After the usual teaser photos and a snippet about its outstanding new safety tech, the second-generation Volvo XC60 finally sees daylight at the ongoing Geneva Motor Show. The first full model change of the premium compact SUV from the Swedish carmaker looks set not only to conquer the market but to set a few benchmarks as well.
Looking more athletic and sophisticated, the new XC60 features the signature Volvo Iron Mark grille flanked by LED headlamps with the brand’s patented Thor’s Hammer lighting motif. The side is dominated by the strong shoulder line while the rear naturally gets the Volvo pillar-mounted taillights.
Inside, the cabin is familiar Volvo, with textures and material quality that give it a truly special feel. The large infotainment display allows drivers and passengers to monitor various vehicle functions and connect with the vehicle and the outside world. Features like Volvo On Call are also part of the package
At launch the new Volvo XC60 will be available with a slew of engines to suit one’s driving style and various needs. Buyers can choose from either the D4 diesel with 190hp, or the D5 oil burner with PowerPulse technology, rated at 235hp. Those who want gasoline power can opt for either the T5 with 254hp, or the T6 that delivers 320hp and 400Nm. The Volvo XC60 will likewise be available with the 90-Series’ very own T8 Twin Engine gasoline plug-in hybrid. This one produces 407hp and can sprint from rest to the century mark in just 5.3 seconds.
What really makes the new XC60 special is the aforementioned cutting-edge safety technology. City Safety, Blind Spot Monitoring, and the new Oncoming Lane Mitigation all utilize Steer Assist to help avoid collisions with pedestrians, other vehicles, and obstacles on the road. Pilot Assist is also optional and provides stress-free semi-autonomous driving capabilities. The cool piece of kit takes care of acceleration, braking, and steering duties up to speeds of 130kph.
The all-new Volvo XC60 will go on sale in mid-April.