The 2018 World Car of the Year, the Volvo XC60, arrives in the Philippines

July 7, 2018

 It was in 2009 when Volvo first unveiled the XC60. While it may have been an all-new model for the Swedish carmaker, the midsize crossover went on to become one of the brand’s best selling models, accounting for some 30 percent of total sales. Moreover, it introduced a few firsts such as the vaunted City Safety autonomous emergency braking system that has now become quite commonplace in other nameplates throughout the automotive industry.

While those achievements may seem hard to beat, Volvo seems to have outdone itself as the second-generation XC60 that came out last year has recently garnered the coveted World Car of the Year trophy for 2018. Now, the very same offering that was awarded at this year’s New York Auto Show arrives in the Philippines.

Filipinos will now get to experience what it’s like to ride and drive a World Car of the Year awardee. Wrapped in a strong yet sleek profile that boasts Volvo trademark features such as the Thor’s Hammer LED headlights and Iron Mark grille, the new XC60 exudes sophistication from every angle. Inside, it’s typical Volvo simplicity with luxurious touches like the finest leather, a large touchscreen disply with Sensus Connect infotainment system, and CleanZone four-zone climate control system.

The last two are notable in that they keep occupants connected while on the move, along with helping them stay cool and breathe nothing but the purest air, respectively. It’s these little details that show how much Volvo cares for its customers.

The local-spec Volvo XC60 will be powered by a 2.0-liter D4 diesel motor with 190hp and 400Nm of torque. This motor promises smooth punch and stellar fuel economy. And just like its T8 Twin Engine gasoline hybrid sibling that’s available in other markets, this is a clean diesel  that’s friendly to our planet.

And of course, a Volvo isn’t complete without the cutting-edge safety tech. This new iteration flaunts Steer Assist that works in tandem with City Safety, Oncoming Lane Mitigation, and Blind Spot Information System to help keep everyone out of harm’s way. As the name suggests, it uses steering inputs to help avoid mishaps in varying driving conditions.  Moreover, Pilot Assist utilizes steering, braking, and accelerator inputs to help relieve driver stress by employing semi-autonomous driving up to 130kph.  

Get to see and experience the all-new Volvo XC60 at your friendly Volvo dealer.

About the Author

Mr. Gerard Jude Castillo
Gerard has been a self-confessed car nut ever since he was a little boy. As a grown-up, he indulges in his passion by collecting toy cars (which he started since childhood) and reading up on the latest cars out there.  As Associate Editor, he will ensure that you get your fill of the latest cars in the market, as well as a load of automotive features.