By Stephen Elmer Mar 07, 2017
Representing about 30 percent of its total global sales, the XC60 is an important product for Volvo, and the redesign follows in the footsteps of the larger XC90 before it with smooth styling and those signature “Thor’s Hammer” headlights.
The top-trim XC60 T8 model will come with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, delivering 407 horsepower, propelling the SUV to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 5.3 seconds. Two diesel models will be available, although they aren’t likely for the North American market. Instead, the base engine for the U.S. will be the 254-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder T5, while buyers can also choose the more powerful 320-hp T6.
Safety, as with all Volvos, is of top importance, and the XC60 proves it with its new Steer Assist system that will autonomously steer the car to avoid an imminent collision. Pilot Assist, Volvo’s semi-autonomous driving assistant, is also offered, capable of handling steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads at speeds up to 80 mph (130 km/h).
Inside, the XC60 also borrows heavily from the XC90, though it has a new four-zone climate control system that removes harmful pollutants and particles from the air. In the dash you’ll find Volvo‘s Sensus infotainment system which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The new XC60 will begin production in mid-April at the Torslanda Plant in Sweden.