Expectations for the 2018 Volvo XC60 are high: after all, its predecessor, the original XC60, is one of the automaker’s most popular cars, despite now being nine years old. Throw in the reputation-redefining success of the Volvo XC90, and the stakes for the new midsize premium SUV are high. As you’d hope, then, Volvo has given the new car a distinctly Swedish twist.
Under the hood there’ll be a choice of engines. Entry-level in the gas lineup is the T5 and then the T6, which throws in both turbocharging and supercharging. Top of the petrol tree is the T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid.
Volvo will also have a pair of diesels, too. The D4 while the D5 with PowerPulse steps that up to the plate. It’s unclear whether either will make it to South African shores.
In the cabin, things are looking uniquely Swedish, just as we’ve come to appreciate on the XC90 and S90. Volvo’s big touchscreen Sensus system takes pride of place in the center console, with new graphics for the XC60, and there’s available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Four-zone CleanZone climate control filters outside air before it’s circulated: Volvo says it’s not happy until it’s “Scandinavian-fresh”.
No full performance, fuel economy, or pricing information yet, though that’s sure to follow on in due course. Volvo says the 2018 XC60 will go into production at its Swedish Torslanda Plant in mid-April. No word on when it’ll show up in SA dealerships.
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