First 2018 Volvo XC60 Rolls Off Assembly Line

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Spring brings more than just new flowers. It also kicks off production of Volvo’s all-new 2018 XC60.

The redesigned model takes the reigns from the first-generation XC60 arriving back in 2008. While it had a refresh in 2013, it’s remained mostly the same. Which makes sense considering that it continues to be a Volvo top seller. It makes up 30 percent of global Volvo sales. But nine years is a long time so we’re happy to see Volvo bringing the XC60 up to speed.

“This is a proud day for everyone at the plant. We have worked hard in recent weeks and months to prepare Torslanda for this latest new Volvo model, and now we are ready to start delivering new XC60s to customers,” said Magnus Nilsson, vice president of the Torslanda plant.

Volvo’s concentrated a lot on style lately with its new models, so fittingly, the first XC60 off the line this week is a T5 Inscription model in Crystal White. It also sports all-wheel drive. The XC60 is also the fourth to use Volvo’s SPA architecture. It’s also the base of the bigger and fancier XC90.

The XC60 also takes design cues from the XC90. Gone are the old big lights of yesteryear. Now it rocks streamlining headlights and more body lines. The XC60’s signature distinctive narrowing above the belt line in the rear remains.

The next-gen is about more than fashion, though. Volvo dubs it “one of the safest cars ever made.” It carries a full arsenal of safety features. New Steer Assist now works with City Safety, Oncoming Lane Mitigation, and Blind Spot Indication. On top of Steer Assist, you can add Pilot Assist. Basically, Volvo’s version of semi-auto driving. It handles steering, acceleration, and braking. These systems mean a computer in the car calculates what is happening around the vehicle. If the car senses a possible collision, its safety systems step in.

If you want it all, you can have it all. It offers a great earth friendly option with the ‘award-winning’ T8 plug-in hybrid engine. This hybrid rates 400-horsepower.

Of course, bringing it up to date includes in-car connectivity features, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and the new Volvo Sensus system with an On Call app.

Volvo says the 2018 XC60 will start selling globally before this end of this year. We can expect it this fall in the States.

Photo Credit: Volvo


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