11th March, 2017
By ASWAN YAP
This week, Volvo Cars has revealed the long-awaited new XC60 premium SUV at the Geneva Motor Show. The new car replaces Volvo’s highly-successful original XC60, which in the 9 years since its launch became the best-selling premium mid-sized SUV in Europe with nearly a million units sold globally. The XC60 accounts for about 30% of Volvo’s total sales worldwide.
“We have a strong heritage in designing stylish and dynamic SUVs that offer the latest in technology. The new XC60 will be no 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 of the Volvo Car Group.
The new XC60, one of the safest cars ever made, is fully-loaded with new technology. Steer Assist has been added to the ground-breaking City Safety system. The steering support engages when automatic braking alone would not help avoid a potential collision. In such circumstances, the car will provide steering assistance to avoid the obstacle ahead. City Safety helps to avoid collisions with vehicles, pedestrians and large animals. Steering support is active between 50 – 100 km/h.
A new safety system called Oncoming Lane Mitigation uses steer assist to help mitigate head-on collisions, while Volvo’s Blind Spot Indication System (BLIS) now uses Steer Assist functionality to reduce the risk of lane-changing collisions.
Volvo believes that these new features will continue to make the new XC60 one of the safest cars on the road. “We have been working with collision avoidance systems for many years and we can see how effective they are. In Sweden alone, we have seen a decline of around 45% in rear-end frontal crashes, thanks to our collision warning with autobrake system. With the XC60, we are determined to take the next step in reducing avoidable collisions with the addition of steering support and assistance systems,” said Malin Ekholm, Senior Director, Volvo Cars’ Safety Centre.
Pilot Assist, Volvo’s advanced semi-autonomous driver assistance system, which takes care of steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads up to 130 km/h, is available in the new XC60 as an option.
“We have focused on building a car that can deliver pleasure to all of your senses – from a commanding view of the road ahead in a beautifully appointed and calm cabin, to a safe, inspired and confident ride,” said Henrik Green, Senior Vice President Product & Quality at Volvo Car Group.
“We’ve paid particular attention to making life easier for our customers by providing them with the creature comforts and services that take the hassle out of everyday life,” he added.
Depending on the market, the new XC60 will have a wide choice of petrol and diesel powertrains. It will also be available with the T8 Twin Engine petrol plug-in hybrid system which will be the flagship variant. This version will have 407 bhp and a performance capability of 5.3 seconds to go from 0-100 km/h.
“The new XC60 will launch with the diesel D4 engine at 190 bhp and the D5 with PowerPulse technology delivering 235 bhp. We also have the petrol-powered T5 delivering 254 bhp and the T6, which with both turbo and superchargers attached, delivers 320 bhp and 400 Nm of torque,” added Green.
But it is not just under the bonnet that the new XC60 delivers impressive performance. The new CleanZone 4-zone climate system removes harmful pollutants and particles from outside the cabin to deliver Scandinavian-fresh air on the inside.
Volvo Cars’ driver infotainment and connected services offer, Sensus, and the Volvo-On-Call app both receive a graphical update with improved usability. As in the latest 90 Series cars, smartphone integration with CarPlay and Android Auto is also available.
“The XC60 is an SUV not designed to look down on others but to drive. The exterior has an athletic sculpture with a subtle, timeless quality. The interior is a masterful composition of well-resolved architecture, beautiful materials and the very latest technology – all perfectly blended together. The XC60 provides a true Scandinavian experience which will make our customers feel special,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President, Design at Volvo Car Group.
The new XC60 will go into production in next month in Sweden. For the Malaysian market, however, it may take a while to be launched if Volvo Cars Malaysia intends to assemble it locally, as is the case with the current generation. Local assembly requires preparation in terms of sourcing some local parts and having them tested to ensure they meet Volvo’s high standards.