Volvo’s best-selling XC60 entered to its second-generation as the 2018 model and the world premiere was at the Geneva Auto Show. The version which will be sold over the Atlantic pulled the wraps off at the New York Auto Show. The new 2018 Volvo XC60 USA version isn’t, of course, the full surprise as we expected this model as the smaller XC90 version but that make it no less interesting.
With the new platform, redefined dimensions and trio of new powertrains this model promises better dynamics and ride comfort. However, the new styling is also the step forward while we know that Swedish brand builds the reputation on the safety and interior comfort.
2018 Volvo XC60 USA version: Design
The new 2018 Volvo XC60 USA version rides on Volvo’s flexible Scalable Product Architecture as the larger XC90 with which this model shares a lot of its styling. However, with the new platform, the new XC60 has also changed its proportions. The model is both longer and wider but also lower to the ground. The length gains 2.4 inches for the total of 184.6 inches while the wheelbase has stretched by 3.6 inches to 112.8 inches. The width takes 74.9 inches and height is 65.3 inches.
The larger proportions improving model’s interior comfort and also have the positive impact on car’s dynamics but the positive effect is also on the appearance of the model. The new XC60 proportions give it more athletic and graceful shape and flowing body lines also add to that. The styling elements are similar as on other Volvos especially as on the larger XC90. The new version of Volvo’s signature grille looks sleeker and there are, of course, LED headlights with Thor’s Hammer-like accents. The new XC60 also continues with the signature vertical taillights but with the slightly reshaped lower portion.
From the cabin perspective, the new XC60 provides excellent visibility and the extraordinary comfort in the constant for this brand. The leather seats will be super accommodating while extra length and width mean more relaxed head and legroom.
The interior styling is also handsome and balanced with nice trim inserts. The Nappa leather is standard and you can also get the rear wood accents. The latest Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system comes with the portrait-oriented 9-inch display. The multi-functional display also comes in the place of the traditional gauges.
What also is guaranteed with the new Volvo is the safety and the brand also brings new advanced safety systems to the game. The safety list will include adaptive cruise control, cyclist, pedestrian and animal detection, emergency braking, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, emergency braking, etc. However, Volvo also offers the Pilot Assist system. This system, on well-marked roads at speeds up to 80 mph provides control over the acceleration, steering, braking and lane shifting. The new feature is also Oncoming Line Mitigation which should prevent head-on accidents.
2018 Volvo XC60 USA version: Powertrains
Powering the 2018 Volvo XC60 USA version will be three powertrains including the plug-in hybrid version.
The T5 model comes with the direct-injected and turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. The power this four-cylinder unit delivers will be around 250 hp and torque around 258 lb-ft. When this engine comes in the supercharged and turbocharged variant in the T6 model the power will reach 316 hp and torque 295 lb-ft. These engine options will work in the combination with the eight-speed automatic transmission.
The third power option, the T8 version will come with the plug-in powertrain. This system combines the engine from the T6 version which powers the front wheels and an electric motor for the rear wheels’ power. The part of the system is also a 9.2 KW battery. The total output will be close to 400 hp and range that full battery should cover should be around 20 miles.
2018 Volvo XC60 USA version: Arrival, Price
Volvo hasn’t revealed the price and release date specifics for the 2018 Volvo XC60 USA version. The model will, however, be in showrooms by the end of this year. The price should start from $45, 900.