> Wow - for Volvo the XC60 brings alot to the stable. Great looks.
What do you think?
> From CM
> Here's the new Volvo XC60, a kind of honey-I-shrunk-the-XC90
crossover with all the style and flair of its big brother, but without
the girth. Its just been revealed at the 2017 Geneva motor show.
> The XC60 is hugely important for the Swedish carmaker, as the
smaller XC line represents 30% of its sales which might explain why
there are so few styling surprises.
> But just because its staying to the companys present design
script, its far from dowdy and conservative. As promised in the
earlier teaser photos, the XC60 is a great-looking car inside and
> Its dripping with lovely details, which are now Volvos design
signatures such as its Thors Hammer headlamps and chiselled wedge
> THe new XC60 will come with a number of powertrain options, topped
by the T8 version, a potent hybrid version boasting 403bhp for a
0-62mph time of 5.3 seconds.
> Volvo at its best sticking to script
> As well as the headline-grabbing T8, there will be a number of
power outputs from its range of downsized engines to suit more modest
> Although we dont have full specification details yet, Henrik
Green, Senior Vice President Product & Quality confirms that the
range kicks off with a tax-friendly 187bhp D4 version.
> He added that there will be a potentially interesting PowerPulse
version, rated at 231bhp, although the 250bhp petrol powered T5 will
no doubt tug the heartstrings of anyone nostalgic for the 1990s
touring car estates.
> European markets will also get a turbod and supercharged T6
pushing out 315bhp for proper giant-killing punch.
> And the inside story?
> No surprises that the XC60s interior very closely mirrors that of
the XC90, V90 and S90 ranges, with a simplified control layout, and
their epic portrait-format infotainment screen.
> Its splashed with lightly-coloured leather and matching
modernistic wood veneers, while the seats look superbly supportive and
> We dont have full specs yet, but Volvo says that the XC60 comes
with an intriguing new CleanZone four-zone climate system that
promises to pump Scandinavian-fresh no matter how muggy things are
> As well as that, expect Volvos intuitive infotainment and kick-ass
optional Bang & Oluffsen stereo as well as the usual connected
services and Smartphone Integration via Apple CarPlay and Android
> About that design
> It should play well with SUV buyers who dont actually like to be
seen in such vehicles. Its an SUV not designed to look down on
others but to drive, says Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President,
Design at Volvo Car Group.
> 'I hope that in 10 years, people look back on it as being an icon,
in the way they do the 1800S right now,' he added. We dont think he
was joking, either.
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