Volvo teases new XC60 27 | 02 | 2017

    THE ALL-NEW VOLVO XC60, due to enter Scottish showrooms in the Spring — and which will go head-to-head with the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 — has been teased ahead of its public debut at next month’s Geneva Motor Show.

    In one picture the new XC60’s nose and headlights can be seen, which suggests the mid-sized SUV will inherit the look of its larger sibling, the XC90; that means ‘Thor hammer’ day running lights and a large, rectangular grille will be incorporated into the newcomer.

    The second image, which shows the XC60 discreetly hidden under a near-transparent cover, shows the model will get an angled rear tailgate with vertical lights along the C-pillars, much like the XC90.

    It’s therefore likely the XC60 cabin will share many features lifted from the interior of its larger sibling. That means the probability of a Volvo’s stylish and easy-to-operate central infotainment system flanked by large air vents, and a digital dash display behind the steering wheel, rather than traditional dials.


    As for engines, there will be two 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesels at launch – a 187bhp D4 and a more punchy 232bhp D5.

    These will be followed a faster T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid which will deliver similar performance and efficiency to the XC90 T8. That means total power of around 400bhp and claimed economy of more than 130mpg. (Related: Roadtest — Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine)

    As you would expect of any Volvo, safety will be paramount in the new XC60. Expect, as part of the Swedish brand’s IntelliSafe systems, the new model to be fitted with forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control and autopilot; the latter allows the car to steer, accelerate and brake itself at speeds of up to 80mph.

    Soon after the launch of the XC60, Volvo will also introduce its all-new S60 saloon and V60 estate. These, in turn, will be followed by a new, even smaller XC40 SUV towards the end of 2017, with an all-new V40 hatchback entering the range in 2018.

    Related: Volvo V90 Cross Country hits Scottish showrooms

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    Jim McGill


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