Volvo starts production of the all-new XC60 in Sweden, India launch nin late 2017

The first model to roll out from Volvo's manufacturing facility in Torslanda, Sweden was a Crystal White T5 Inscription version of the XC60 SUV

By: | Updated: May 4, 2017 2:05 PM
The first new XC60 rolls off the production line in Torslanda, Sweden

Since its launch, the Volvo XC60 has become the best-selling premium mid-sized SUV in Europe. Globally, the SUV has sold a million units till date and comprises of 30 percent of the total sales of all cars from the Volvo stable. However, the company had showcased an all-new Volvo XC60, which has gone through a sea of changes and it was showcased at the recently concluded 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The new Volvo XC60 is the fourth model to be based on Volvo's SPA (Scalable Platform Architecture) platform like the current version of the S90 sold in India.

Powering the Volvo XC60 is the company's T8 Twin Engine petrol plug-in hybrid engine that produces 407 hp of power and claims to reache 100 kmph from standstill in 5.3 seconds. “This is a proud day for everyone at the plant. We have worked hard in recent weeks and months to prepare Torslanda for this latest new Volvo model, and now we are ready to start delivering new XC60s to customers,” said Magnus Nilsson, Vice President of the Volvo Torslanda plant.

In addition to this, a number of features enhance the safety quotient, two noteworthy of them being the Oncoming Lane Mitigation and BLIS or Blind Spot Indication System. While the latter warns the driver of any object or vehicle present in the blind spot not visible through the ORVM (Outside Rear View Mirror) and steers the vehicle automatically if needed, the former uses the same automatic steering functionality to avoid a head-on collision. In addition to these features, the car is also equipped with Pilot Assist, Volvo's semi-autonomous driving system which steers, accelerates and stops the car on marked roads up to 130 kmph.

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The exterior now mimics its elder sibling, the XC90, which is currently on sale in India with Volvo's 'Thor Hammer' LED headlamps. Other features on the luxury SUV include LED tail lamps, high mounted LED stop lamp, retractable headlamp washers and alloy wheels with a contrasting grey and silver colour scheme. Unlike the current generation of the XC60 sold in India, the new model offers the Sensus infotainment system which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In addition to this, the system also operates other parameters like the automatic climate control, which are currently operated by a plethora of buttons. The new XC60 is expected to be introduced in India by early 2018 and once introduced it would compete with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLE.

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