Volvo’s new crossover vehicle boasts an exciting mix of two car styles
and steps boldly into what is the motoring world’s toughest and
fastest-growing segment. Sporting capable XC muscles, it combines a
strong athletic body with high ground clearance and large wheels, while
the flowing lines create the sporty charisma of a coupe.
“This car is charged with more emotive form and more energy than any
other Volvo. We’re elevating our design DNA to an entirely new level by
literally turning up the visual volume. If you say that you’d recognise
a Volvo from a hundred metres away today, I dare say the XC60 radiates a
clear Volvo presence from at least twice that distance,” says Volvo Cars
Design Director Steve Mattin.
City safety standard on the new Volvo XC60
A variety of intelligent safety systems are another important part of
the new Volvo XC60. The major news is City Safety – a unique system that
can help the driver avoid or reduce the effects of the type of low-speed
impacts that are common in city traffic and traffic tailbacks. If the
car is about to drive into the vehicle in front and the driver does not
react, the car brakes itself.
“We are the first manufacturer in the
world to offer this type of feature as standard. City Safety clearly
shows that the new Volvo XC60 is the safest car Volvo has ever produced.
The car is packed with our accumulated safety know-how and technology,
both when it comes to preventing accidents and protecting all the
occupants in a collision,” says Fredrik Arp.
The XC60 project has its sights set on
a target group that imposes high demands on design, brand integrity and
high-tech content in its choice of lifestyle products.
“One might say that this could be the
C30 owner’s next car. It’s as sporty and exciting, but more capable.
With the Volvo XC60, we are widening our model range to attract even
more customers with an active urban lifestyle,” explains Fredrik Arp.
Engines and volumes
The new XC60 is being launched with a choice of three engines: the
turbocharged T6 which produces 285PS, and two variants of the D5
turbodiesel, producing 185 and 163 horsepower respectively. All- Wheel
Drive (AWD) is fitted as standard.
“During 2009, we will offer a
front-wheel driven 2.4-litre version powered by a Euro 5 diesel engine
producing 163 horsepower and with a CO2 target around 170
g/km,” reveals Fredrik Arp.