It was easy for the 2018 Volvo XC60 to get lost in all the glitz and the glamour of the countless supercars and exclusives that were revealed at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show. But considering the newest XC60 offers not just its sleek and stylish exterior and high-tech features, but also the cutting-edge in car safety technology, it was simply impossible to ignore.
It is no secret why the previous model of the XC60 had a deep nine-year run and the bragging rights of a bestselling premium mid-sized SUVs in Europe. The stylish and dynamic design coupled with the latest advancements in safety technology was the combination that led to a worldwide sales figure of over one million. The 2018 Volvo XC60 will need to uphold its predecessor’s legacy, and being called “one of the safest cars ever made” by the President and Chief Executive of Volvo Car Group is certainly a set in the right direction.
Features like the new Steer Assist, which will be included to the City Safety system and takes over the steering if it detects a potential hazard and the braking would not be enough to prevent an accident, are what support these bold claims. So is the Oncoming Lane Mitigation that guides the vehicle back into the right lane through the Steer Assist in order to avoid head-on collisions, as well as the Blind Spot Indication System that tracks your lane position to minimalize the risk of an accident.
Further advancements were made to the Pilot Assist, the semi-autonomous driver assistance system. This feature will be available as an option for the new model. When activated, the Pilot Assist takes over the steering, braking and the acceleration on all marked roads with a top speed set at 80 miles per hour. Furthermore, the CleanZone four-zone climate system is another cool feature that will reportedly clear away all hazardous pollutants and particles from the new XC60.
The design of the new 2018 Volvo XC60 relies heavily on its much larger XC90 counterpart, especially in the back with its vertical taillights. There are, however, some awesome new features like the “Thor’s Hammer” headlights, and updated design lines. The interior design is classically Volvo with minimalistic dashboard layout. On the dash and throughout the cabin, there seems to be no shortage of screens, from the gauge cluster to the Sensus Connect infotainment screen, everything is on display. Furthermore, there is the Orrefors crystal incrusted shifter borrowed from the Volvo XC90.
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Engine and Powertrain
Under the hood is the lauded T8 Twin Engine gasoline plug-in hybrid that is capable of delivering up to 407 horsepower, and takes the XC60 from zero to 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds. In addition to the T8, there will be a diesel D4 engine with an output of 190 horsepower and a D5 with PowerPulse technology and 235 horsepower. Pure gasoline options will be the 254-hp T5 and the considerably more powerful T6 available with both turbo and superchargers that is capable of an output of 320-hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.
2018 Volvo XC60 Release Date and Price
There is no official release date or price information just yet, but the new 2018 Volvo XC60 is expected to go on sale by the end of the year. As for the pricing, about $40.000 is our estimate for the starting amount, while the range topping model could go for as high as $55.000.
2018 Volvo XC60 at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show:
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