2018 Volvo XC60 SUV has been launched in India and is priced aggressively at Rs 55.90 lakh (Ex-Delhi). The latest SUV from the Swedish auto-maker is sold only in one single diesel engine variant in the Inscription trim. The Volvo XC60 Inscription trim is the top-variant and features top-class technology and safety features. Volvo XC60 globally is the best selling product for Volvo Cars and in India it contributes to about 30% of company’s overall sale. Here are top-ten things you should know about the second generation Volvo XC60.
1. The second generation Volvo XC60 SUV sits between the Volvo XC90 and the Volvo XC40 SUVs and globally is the most sold product for the company. The new generation car is based on the Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) which is a modular platform that also underpins the Volvo XC90, S90 and the V90.
2. 2018 Volvo XC60’s wheelbase is 4.2 inch shorter than the Volvo XC90 buy is still 3.6 inch longer than the first-generation Volvo XC60 which has helped Volvo to increase the rear seating space. The XC60 is also longer, wider and shorter than its predecessor.
3. The new XC60’s design carry forwards Volvo’s dynamic design language and the face of the vehicle is very similar to that of Volvo XC90. Volvo XC60 incorporates Thor’s hammer sideways T-shaped LED headlights. The use of SPA platform has allowed the designers at Volvo Cars to diminish the XC90 and making it affordable in the form of XC60.
4. Volvo XC60 doesn’t pretend to be a off-roader or shows any intent to race on a track but the SUV has the ability to off-road and have good power to put a smile to driver’s face. India gets only the diesel engine option of Volvo XC60 in the D5 inscription trim.
5. Volvo XC60 SUV is one of the most technology advanced SUVs and is bundled with many safety features. The dashboard features an interactive instrument cluster along with heads-up display so the notifications for directions or active safety features when comes to play immediately alerts the driver making the drive interactive. The infotainment system supports both Apple Car Play and Google Android Auto
6. The Volvo XC60 gets Bowers & Wilkins music system with 15 speakers. Buyers will also be spoiled by the cushioned massage seats. The interiors lives up to the reputation of a premium car and the dashboard is finished in chrome, wood and some good quality plastic.
7. At the moment, India only gets a single diesel engine option on the XC60 SUV. Volvo XC60 is powered by a 4-Cylinder twin-turbo diesel engine which is a sub-2L engine and sheds a power of 235 hp and 480 Nm of torque. We will only get this one diesel engine for now and may be sometime later Volvo will contemplate bringing in the petrol version.
8. The XC60 gets an active and passive safety features such as six airbags, Emergency brake assist, Hill start assist, Heads up display and Pilot assist. Volvo XC60 comes equipped with radar-based safety feature and is now the fifth Volvo Car to get this enhanced safety features.
9. Despite being a diesel, Volvo XC60 drives like a petrol SUV, the drive is extremely smooth and refined with very low engine noise inside the cabin. Additional use of an air-pressurizing tank in the engine worked in the favour of reducing the turbo lag, but it still isn’t a total solution. The XC60 uses suspension from 90 series cars it is nice and stiff.
Volvo XC60 SUV will get a petrol engine later in the year and soon the company will also start the local assembly from its Bengaluru plant. 2018 Volvo XC40 SUV the youngest in the XC series of SUV is slated for India launch in the second half of 2018.