Volvo recently took the covers off the long-awaited 2017 XC60 at the ongoing Geneva Motor Show. The new car replaces the existing XC60 which has been around for nine years. The XC60, in fact, is among the most popular mid-size crossovers in Europe with nearly a million units sold globally.
Since it’s a Volvo, it makes sense to highlight all its safety features first. The new XC60 gets Steer Assist which has been added to the City Safety system.
A safety system called Oncoming Lane Mitigation uses steer assist to help mitigate head-on collisions, while the Blind Spot Indication System reduces the risk of lane-changing collisions.
Pilot Assist, which is Volvo's semi-autonomous driver assistance system, takes care of steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads up to 130kmph. It is offered as an optional extra.
The new XC60 gets the familiar T8 Twin Engine petrol plug-in hybrid setup at the top of the powertrain range, delivering 407bhp and acceleration from 0-100 Km in 5.3 seconds.
Other engines include 190bhp and 235bhp diesel units. There’s also the petrol powered T5 (254bhp) and the turbo plus supercharged T6 motor delivering 320bhp and 400 Nm of torque.
As in the XC90 and the S90, Volvo is offering smartphone integration with CarPlay and Android Auto for the new XC60.
The new XC60 is set to go into production in mid-April 2017 in Sweden. It will be sold in several global markets including India wherein it’s expected to come with both diesel options.