The new Volvo XC60 has all the arguments of style, sophistication and technology to keep the status of bestseller won by the first generation, which was amazing thanks to the fact that it generated larger sales as time went by.
Volvo XC60 is one of the most unusual success stories in the automotive industry. Its sales have continuously increased over the nine years of its career, instead of decreasing or even stagnate, as with most cars.
This development resembles the film character, Benjamin Button, which, as time went on got rejuvenated instead of getting old. Its bestseller status is all the more commendable since it had a very long career. Its sales began in the latter part of 2008, and by the end of that year Volvo received 6,954 orders for its first compact SUV.
Then, in 2016 the first generation XC60 set a new record: 161,092 units sold. So, it is no wonder that this SUV generates about 30 percent of Volvo’s annual sales and has won over almost 1 million customers, making it the most popular premium compact SUV in Europe.
Now, Volvo presents serious technological and aesthetic arguments, so that the second generation XC60 will follow the same successful path. The production of the new model will begin in mid-April this year and will take place at its plant in Torslanda, Sweden.
As usual, Volvo has equipped the new XC60 with a very advanced level of safety and driving assistance systems that even allow semi-autonomous running.
For example, the assistance and the automatic steering correction are now very advanced. This now completes the City Safety system, which dictates automatic braking to avoid a collision or reduce its strength. City Safety detects potential collision with a vehicle, a pedestrian or a large animal and initiates braking. But if this is not enough to avoid the impact, then, the steering assistance function intervenes at speeds between 50 and 100 km / h to help the driver maneuver the car to avoid the obstacle.
At speeds between 60 and 140 km / h, the driver is assisted by the Oncoming Lane Mitigation system. It is activated when the driver brings the car on the opposite direction lane, and detects a potential collision with a vehicle coming from the opposite direction. In this scenario the Oncoming Lane Mitigation system intervenes and brings the XC60's direction back to the correct direction of travel.
The detection system of a vehicle found in the blind spot works with automatic steering correction, which also turns the car back into the lane.
Furthermore, the Volvo XC60, offers a wide range of motorization. The top of the range is the plug-in hybrid propulsion with the T8 Twin gasoline engine. It delivers 407 horsepower and enables a sprint from 0 to 100 km / h in 5.3 seconds. The second gasoline engine in descending order of power, is a T6 which develops 320 horsepower and 400 Nm torque, both the turbine and compressor being supercharged.
A T5 gasoline engine with 254 hp is also available. The diesel alternatives are the D5 Pulse Power with 235 hp, and the 190 hp D4.