Volvo has officially revealed the XC60 in Barcelona which is expected to be introduced in India later this year. Like the XC90 and the S90, the new XC60 will be underpinned by the SPA (Scalable Product Architecture) platform and will have a similar design language like its elder SUV sibling. These would include the signature 'Thor's Hammer' headlamp cluster with DRLs (Daytime Running Lamps) and LED tail lamps. Powering the new SUV will be two diesel engine options, a more powerful 235 hp engine and a 193 hp unit. Both these engines will be mated to automatic transmissions and have an all-wheel-drive system.
Since safety has been paramount for Volvo, the XC60 will have a number of features which would include Rear Collision Warning, Blind Spot Information, Pilot Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, vehicle and warning systems that would detect pedestrians, a cyclist or a large animal.
In fact, the new offering has the technological prowess to steer you out of safety. The system will warn the driver of an untoward lane change, warn the driver and then automatically steer the car into the right lane. The new XC60 uses more boron steel instead of aluminium which would have been lighter, however, the former material has better rigidity, according to the company.
Volvo India recently announced that they will commence local assembly of their cars this year itself. The XC60, if locally assembled, will have a more competitive price tag versus its German rivals. Once introduced in India, the XC60 will go up against the BMW X3, Audi Q5 and the Mercedes-Benz GLE.