The introduction of the second generation of the Volvo XC60 in Geneva, a high growth in sales to accelerate the company with the new car-set size SUV sector will be pitched against the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Jaguar F-Pace, and Mercedes-Benz GLC in the booming mid -.
Volvo sales rose in the last three years, with the growth led by the popularity of the XC90, S90 and V90. The combined sales of the 90-series models grew 125% last year, compared with the year 2015.
However, the outgoing XC60, which was launched in 2008, the potential appeal of the new model suggested by a new sales-record in 2016, accounting for 161,092 units of the Volvo 534,332 total sales.
The new Volvo XC60 sits on Volvo’s SPA-large car platform, the basis for all of the firm’s 60 and 90 models, including the new S60 sedan and the V60 estate, which is expected early next year. The move to the new platform, Volvo has allowed the new SUV is longer, lower and wider than its predecessor, without the extra weight.
It is 4690mm in length (up to 62mm on the current car), has a 2865mm wheelbase (up to 91mm), 1902mm wide (up to 12mm) and 1658mm high (up to 14mm). At the same time, practicality has been increased, the designed with more space on offer, especially in the second-row seat and a larger ground clearance, while the design of a dynamic, ‘cab-back” look.
The Volvo XC60 will go on sale this week in Geneva show reveal, with deliveries expected from September. At the Start, is it with the bot familiar topping 187bhp D4 and 232bhp D5 2.0 Diesel, plus the 251bhp T5 2.0 petrol and 401bhp T8 petrol-electric hybrid unit. Some of the key figures has been revealed, via the T8-s 0-62mph time of 5.3 sec.
All launch models will gear with four-wheel-drive and eight-speed automatic. Manual and front-wheel-drive models come later, as well as new petrol and diesel engines and possibly even a economy-focused three-cylinder petrol-electric hybrid.
In an effort to improve the dynamic set-up, and the noise-and vibration-insulation, the XC60 wishbone front suspension and a rear multi-link arrangement has a double. Height-adjustable air suspension will be offered as an option, offers an additional 60mm of travel up and down.
Inside, the XC60 is heavily inspired by the XC90’s award-winning cabin, with all versions getting the same Central digital control screen and all, but for entry-level dynamic models with a 12.3-in digital instrument display. The infotainment controls have also been updated to provide greater clarity and ease of use; these changes will also be applied to the XC90 later this year, and can be subsequently updated on cars that are so equipped.
The cabin also has a large, molded Central dash hood, which are available in various versions made of metal or wood finish, and some clever storage solutions, including laptop storage under the rear seats.
This is a Volvo, there is also a suite of safety and self-driving equipment, standard and optional. Standard kit includes automatic braking if the car senses a possible collision up to 37mph, and the steering assistance when the car detects either a head-on collision or an impending accident. Optional systems that keep the car in its lane a safe distance to other vehicles up to 80 mph, the traffic monitor, as they come from crosses and brakes the car, if necessary, or detects an impending rear-end collision and pre-tensioning safety belts in preparation are also available.
Volvo’s senior vice president of design Thomas Ingenlath said, “We have a completely new interior for the Volvo XC60, on the basis of drift-wood, suggests forward motion and is part of the integrated design of the interior.
“What makes Volvo’s new interior, so outstanding, the mix of the architecture, the shows, Scandavinan skills in his heart. The XC60 is not a SUV, to look down on others.
“It is not energetic and well trained, this is a bodybuilder is an athlete. The Volvo XC60 extended the horizontal lights in a baseline. Finally, the rear axle is locked with a solid metal belt, this is the Golden piece that gives a soothing feel to the back.”
The prices for the Volvo XC60 rise is likely to be comparable with those of premium competitors, starting at about £30,000, but Volvo, a rim hopes to win, by a larger amount of standard kit, including a number of active safety devices. Sporty R-Design models are expected to be in UK sales dominate the braid in front of the dynamics and the inscription -.
Q+A Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President of Design, Volvo
How does the new Volvo XC60 will fit with the standard set of the XC90?
“The XC90 sits much higher and for some people feels too big. The XC60 is tapered in the cabin that it focuses more on the people, and the cabin less spacious. The XC60 is a SUV, has to leave with no claims, you looking down on other road users; you don’t sit in it, in front of everyone. It is a personal car that you can drive without the feeling you’re a sheet in one big piece.”
The new Volvo XC60 does not look like it has the same kind of leap, as the old XC90 of the current. Would you agree with that?
“Yes. But it must not have been the XC60 is always improved, in the course of their lifetime, and sold more units every year, it was for sale. The customers were satisfied with what we offer, so there was no need for a revolution. It was about what we could add, from materials to space to weight. Everything to improve is a concept that will win.”
How has the customer clinics for the Volvo XC60?
“I don’t even remember how, I think, because the feedback was good. Customer clinics can be hard. For the XC90, we had some hard times. The best bit about it was the Board stayed strong and held on to what he believed in. This time I didn’t remember some of them.”
You have some new materials in the interior, such as new wood surfaces and leather. Why?
“Some of the materials, wood is a great step forward. It is a driftwood option is a real worn, faded wood, is full of character. We have used these materials sparingly, but in all the right places, such as on the dashboard, where it is always visible. You can’t a car like this in wood – build a budget. But we have the best materials in all the right places. It is very Volvo. It is very demanding. The maroon-brown leather is also stunning; how technology moves on, we can do some really exciting things.”
Leather is still the de-facto premium material?
“Leather is a self-fulfilling prophecy, but I, we can use the break. It is the premium choice, as we said, this is the case. Once-a-high-gloss-wood was the only material that the customers wanted but matt now the finish is acceptable. It is a question of alternative materials of acceptable quality, and then go on to win the acceptance of customers. Our forests are really something special; I like that there are some very high quality wool on the market; it could be interesting. I’m also fascinated, like sportswear, and to become the top-end fashion. There is a Prada sportswear area, with modern fabrics and art, you can be materials with durable and breathable materials, grained, with modern structures. It’s a different route.”
This means that other Volvo follow the path created by the XC90?
“No. Every other car we now take a dramatic jump. The customer base for the XC60, was great, and we don’t want to change what you love. But for every other new Volvo in the 40 or 60 range, we have planned, there are a lot of of the revolution.”
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