2018 Volvo XC60 to be launched in India on 12 December, 2017
Volvo is all set to launch the 2018 edition of its XC60 in India on the coming December 12. The SUV takes its design inspiration from its elder sibling XC90 and the S90 luxury sedan. The front fascia is subjugated by a straight down grille along with headlights that carry the company’s unique design language. On the rear, the car gets LED units and again, these highlights the brand’s respected design philosophy. The 2018 Volvo XC60 gets a design that is completely different in comparison to its German rivals.
One can clearly feel the Swedish touch in the philosophy of the car while taking a glance from almost any angle. While its German counterparts like BMW X3, Audi Q5 and Mercedes GLC come with sober and elegant design, the Volvo XC60 has a freshness to it that is a result of the company’s unique approach towards the visuals. In terms of equipment, the XC60 Inscription gets bonuses such as air suspension, a Bowers & Wilkins audio system, Nappa leather upholstery, heads-up display and large 19-inch alloy wheels. Talking point will be Volvo’s range of radar-based safety systems on the XC60, which would make it the second Volvo in India to get these systems after the XC90 Excellence.
Talking of interiors, the 2018 Volvo XC 60 feels plush on the inside. The luxury SUV has a large touchscreen infotainment system and the steering mounted audio controls add to the handiness factor. The India-bound model is expected to come with black and beige colours wrapped in high-quality leather. Like other Volvo models, the XC60 will also offer the latest bells and shrills and will be one of the safest cars in the segment.
The India-spec 2018 Volvo XC60 will get only one engine option. The 2.0-litre D5 diesel engine churns out a maximum power output of 235 hp. This motor is shared with the company’s bigger XC90 SUV. The engine will come mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and the all-wheel-drive system will be standard. Having said that, the Volvo XC60 will have an advantage over its competitors with its closest rival being the 190 hp BMW X3 as its xDrive30d 245 hp trim has already retired. The new 2018 Volvo XC60 is expected to be priced in the Indian car market at close to Rs.50 lakh (ex-showroom) for the standard model. As already mentioned, the car will lock its horns with the AudiQ5, BMW X3, Land Rover Discovery and Mercedes-Benz GLC.