The production of the new Volvo XC60 has begun in Sweden. The first model, produced at the Torslanda plant was a T5 Inscription AWD with Crystal White painting, equipped with a 250 hp 2.0-liter turbo-four engine. There are two more engines for the 2018 XC60, including a supercharged and turbocharged plug-in 400 hp hybrid or 316 hp 2.0-liter one. Buyers will also be able to choose diesel models that will become available soon.
The new crossover was first shown during Geneva International Motor Show 2017, a month before the production started. The manufacturer noted that everyone involved in the production has come a long way and done a lot of work to prepare for this day, and they are proud of having done their job in such a short time.
The brand-new XC60 is meant to replace the older model, which first rolled off the production line almost ten years ago. The previous model has gained certain popularity, making up to 30 percent of Volvo’s total worldwide sales and becoming the best seller among mode-sized crossovers in Europe.
The exterior of the second-generation crossover changed a lot. Volvo XC60 shares some similarities with XC90. Like Volvo’s 90 series (Volvo XC90/S90/V90), XC60 built on the shortened Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) modular chassis system. SPA made its debut in 2014 with Volvo claiming that it provides numerous improvements regarding driver’s protection in case of an accident.
Earlier, Volvo demonstrated how safe the new crossover is with a crash test. The results have shown that XC60 remained almost scatheless even after flipping over.
The crossover’s petrol-powered plug-in hybrid T8 Twin Engine is capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in decent 5.3 seconds.
Also, by developing SPA, Volvo has provided thousands of new jobs in such areas, as research, production, and development, just to name a few.
The list of XC60 features
The new Volvo XC60 has got a few advanced security systems, including the Oncoming Lane Mitigation system that prevents the car from entering the oncoming lane. In addition, the crossover received a semi-autonomous Pilot Assist system, which takes on the functions of acceleration, steering, and braking on roads with clearly visible markings at speeds up to 130 km/h. The last feature is optional. Besides, the SUV comes with additional equipment for ensuring a driver’s safety, including such assistance systems, as City Safety system, and Blind Spot Information System, and Steer Assist. And the last but not least, XC60 also got a CleanZone climate system for removing harmful particles from the cabin.
To sum it up
Overall, the new SUV’s innovative design and the number of features, including those ensuring a driver’s and passengers’ safety, makes the car compatible with its other models, presented on market. It’s an ideal solution, no matter whether you take your bride on a honeymoon or drive your kids to school. The new Volvo XC60 is already available in European countries, such as Sweden, Germany, and the UK.