Our second highlight of the Geneva Motorshow is the all-new Volvo XC60. Building on the great reviews of the new 90-series (S90/V90/XC90) the XC60 will bring similar design and build quality to the 60-series, with the new S60 and V60 due for unveiling in 2H2017.
While unmistakably a little brother to the XC90, the new XC60 remains also traits of its predecessor, like the strong bodywork and the high tailgate. Released pictures show a different front for regular and R-Design models, with the latter having larger air intakes and a ‘dotted’ front grille (seen in the picture above).
Built on the same SPA-platform as the 90-series, the car’s dimensions look very mature for a premium D-segment SUV. When compared to the new Q5, the XC60 seems quite a bit larger. It has to been to what extent that also translates to decent space for back passengers (a weak point of current 60-series) and a large boot (a favourite among Volvo fans).
Seen at the blue model in the pictures below, the R-Design can be fitted with additional plastic accents on the front and rear, apart from a diffuser. The latest rendition of the Thors Hammer headlights differ a bit in the sense they now protrude the rest of the light units and connect with the grille, in a similar way the BMW 3-series does.
We’re also particularly satisfied with the interior. It bears large resemblance to the 90-series, like the use of modern wood, high quality leather, digital instrument clusters, and a large vertical entertainment system. But at the same time it takes things a step further, with the wood trim line flowing under the large screen, enclosing the metal air vents, giving the car a much more modern and sharpish look (when compared to the plump XC90), in line with earlier concept cars from Volvo (like the Concept Estate). The optional R-Design steering wheel also looks stronger, which is good (the standard wheel has something weak / soft over it, in our opinion).
Engine wise, there is less news. All the engines currently available on the 90-series will make it to the XC60. These are the T5 and T6 petrol variants, D4 and D5 diesel, and T8 plugin-hybrid. Cheaper options like a T4 petrol and D3 diesel are expected later this year. We at AutoExperience also hope a more affordable plugin-hybrid will make it to the line-up, since the T8 top model is out of range for a lot of consumers, and government tax credits for hybrid cars in more European countries being abolished. Prices are expected to start around 50 grand (in Euro) for T5 and D4 models.