One of the best-selling mid-size Volvo SUVs has already been presented in Geneva. It is a 2018 Volvo XC60 which is now going to hit US market at the 2017 New York Auto Show. This model represents the second generation of XC60 and will bring refreshed style, more safety and more power.
XC60 is a compact luxury crossover which will be available in six different trim levels. It will ride on a new platform. So, it will be longer, wider and lower. Its length will increase for 2.4 inches, width for 0.5 inch and it will be lower for 0.5 inch. Although, it will be bigger now, because of the use of lightweight steel, it will have the similar weight as its forerunner. Its main rivals will be BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, Lexus RX 350 and Audi Q5.
2018 Volvo XC60 Engine and transmission
Under the hood of 2018 Volvo XC60 will be placed three engine options. The base engine is a 2.0-liter four cylinder. The costumers will have an option to choose between a turbocharged version of this engine which will be able to make 250 horses and 258 lb-ft of torque. The second is turbocharged and supercharged engine with the output of 312 hp and 295 pound-feet of torque. And the last is the same, base engine combined with an electric motor which will be capable of producing 400 horsepower. This one will be able to hit 60 mph in 5.3 seconds.
It will be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and the power will be sent to fronts wheels. All-wheel drive configuration will be available as an option too.
Design of exterior and interior
Like we have already said, new Volvo will no longer ride on the EUCD platform. 2018 Volvo XC60 will be underpinned with a new SPA modular platform which is already used in XC90 model. This platform ensures better agility and handling. Speaking of the exterior, it has finally gotten much-needed refresh. The front fascia will get revised black grille with chrome accents. Also, LED headlamps will be now standard. The whole body will be sleek and will look more aggressive. It will ride on 19-inch alloy wheels. However, higher trim levels will feature 20- and 21-inch alloy wheels.
The interior of 2018 Volvo XC60 is going to be nicely designed and very well equipped too. The cabin is able to place five passengers and it is very comfortable. All the models will come standard with two-zone climate control, leather upholstery and heated front seats. The dashboard will get a 9-inch touchscreen with infotainment system. It will also feature Bluetooth connectivity, a Bowers & Wilkins premium audio system, navigation and a panoramic sunroof.
Furthermore, as for the safety, new XC60 will be available with plenty of safety and driver assistance features. Some of them are lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking and so on.
Release date and price
2018 Volvo XC60 will go on sale sometime later this year, probably in the fall. As far as the price is concerned, it is expected to start at around $37,200. However, higher trim levels will reach the price of $42,000 and more.