It was Thomas Ingenlath who presented the world to the all-new Volvo XC60 and it is he who is helping the company move to a new design way. Volvo’s design head has surely changed our perspective of Volvo’s and it all began with the XC90, followed by the S90 and then the V90 Wagon. The design has worked remarkably well with all these cars and it’s now time to bring it out in the all-new 2018 XC60. The XC60 is all set to take on the likes of the BMW X3, Audi Q5, Porsche Macan and Mercedes GLC when it goes on sale later in 2017.
The XC60 is built on Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) which pushes the front wheels farther forward than before, improving the dash-to-axle ratio. It looks excellent in that Bursting Blue colour and trust Volvo to give it those sharp creases and a heavy looking exterior. There is a similarity to the XC90, no doubt but this one is the athletic and chirpier looking younger brother. The cabin also takes motivation from the XC90 and the new XC60 comes with luxe interiors with finishes, and luscious blond nappa leather which remind you of a Bentley. Well considering Robin Page (head of interior design -Volvo) was associated with the company that is expected.
The XC60’s instrument panel comes with a flowing ribbon of textured aluminum or wood veneer. The XC60 borrows most of its automated bits and driver-facing tech from the XC90, including the portrait-oriented center display which gets the company’s Sensus infotainment system. The control knobs are alike to those of its elder brother and they are jewel-like. There is a four zone weather control on offer and a Bowers and Wilkins sound system. As in the 90 Series cars, smartphone integration with Android Auto and Car Play is also available.
“We have a strong heritage in designing dynamic and stylish SUVs that offer the latest in technology. The new XC60 won’t be exception. It’s the perfect car for an active lifestyle, and it represents the next step in our transformation plan,” said Hakan Samuelsson, President and Chief Executive, Volvo Car Group.
The new XC60 gets the T8 Twin Engine petrol plug-in hybrid at the top of the powertrain range, delivering 401 BHP and accelerating from 0-100 Km/h in mere 5.3 seconds. The other powertrains include the diesel D4 engine at 187 BHP and the D5 with Power Pulse technology delivering 231 BHP. There is also the petrol-powered T5 delivering 250 BHP and the T6, which with both superchargers and turbo attached, delivers 315-BHP and 400 Nm of maximum torque.