It’s pretty clear at this point. Volvo wants to be known for more than its safety. The latest case in point is the second-generation 2018 Volvo XC60, unveiled this week in Geneva.
The XC60 is a huge seller for Volvo, representing about 30 percent of Volvo’s total global sales. That’s even without a major remodel in nine years. But now Volvo’s giving the XC60 the attention it needed in the growing field of midsize crossover battles. It’s made the XC60 more stylish.
Think of it as a smaller XC90. The new redesign is the latest product of the Scandinavian brand’s new design direction. It also follows in the footsteps of the S90 Sedan and V90 Wagon.
Volvo calls the XC60 one of the safest cars ever made. As you’d expect, it’s loaded with a lot of safety technology Volvo is known for, including an optional new Oncoming Lane Mitigation system. It’s a semi-autonomous feature that allows a car to take control of steering to help mitigate head-on collisions. You can check out more of the safety features in our post here.
In terms of design, it’s built on Volvo’s new Scalable Product Architecture like the all-new 90 Series vehicles. (The old platform was from the days when Ford owned Volvo.) The new architecture stretches the XC60 out a bit both in the front and the rear. It has a sporty look but rides high enough to keep it from hatchback status.
Inside, Volvo has outdone itself on luxury. Textured aluminum, silver-gray driftwood wood veneer, and Nappa leather are just a few of the material highlights on the top trims. Volvo still keeps its minimalistic approach. That is to say, the dash doesn’t bombard you with sensory overload. The main touchscreen takes up a fairly large amount of space in front. Like Audi, Volvo is offering a system that touted to keep the air inside the cabin cleaner.
Like its big brother the XC90, the XC60 will offer three Drive-E four-cylinder powertrains paired to an eight-speed automatic. The XC60 will hit the road with all-wheel drive, but front-wheel could come later.
The XC60 is part of a very competitive midsize SUV field that includes the remodeled Audi Q5 and BMW X3, along with the Mercedes-Benz GLC and Porsche Macan.
The SUV goes into production in mid-April in Sweden.
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