8 March 2017
VOLVO’S all-important new-generation XC60 mid-size premium SUV has emerged at the Geneva motor show overnight ahead of its Australian release in the final quarter of 2017. The Swedish brand’s biggest-selling model in Australia and the segment leader in Europe, the XC60 enters its second generation based on Volvo’s modular Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) – as seen on 90-series vehicles including the larger XC90 – and brings a host of advanced new technology across key areas such as power trains, safety and driver convenience. The new model is bigger in most areas, too, resting on a 2865mm wheelbase (+91mm) and measuring 4688mm long (+44mm) and 1999mm wide (+108mm, excluding mirrors), but not standing quite so tall at 1658mm in overall height (-55mm). Ground clearance is 216mm. Cargo capacity increases 10 litres to 505L and incremental changes to passenger accommodation are apparent across the main measurement indexes, with front and rear legroom improving but headroom at both front and rear reducing slightly. Volvo Car Australia (VCA) has confirmed to GoAuto that the new XC60 will arrive before the end of the year – production gets underway mid-April at the Torslanda plant in Sweden – and that petrol, diesel and plug-in petrol-electric power trains will all be available in this market. Pricing, specification and the launch line-up will be detailed closer to launch, but VCA corporate and public relations director Greg Bosnich said “all of the latest technology will be offered in Australia” and that the new generation offers “significant opportunity in its segment” where XC60 competes against the likes of the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Jaguar F-Pace, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Lexus NX and Mercedes-Benz GLC. Among the new technology on-board is steer assist (active from 50-100km/h), oncoming lane mitigation (which provides automatic steering assistance and can actively guide a driver back into the correct lane) and the latest generation of Volvo’s blind-spot indication system (BLIS). The semi-autonomous driver assistance system known as ‘pilot assist’ will be offered as an option, in Europe at least, and can take a level of control over steering, acceleration and braking “on well-marked roads up to 130km/h”. Other high-end safety systems such as large animal detection and run-off road mitigation will also be available. A new four-zone climate-control system dubbed ‘CleanZone’ makes its way into the XC60, along with Volvo’s latest infotainment and connected services (Sensus, Volvo On Call) and full integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto devices. As expected, the 2.4-litre five-cylinder turbo-diesel engine variants have gone, replaced by all-alloy 2.0-litre four-cylinder units that bring uniformity in terms of displacement and cylinders across the range. Among the petrol engines, the T5 turbo produces 187kW of power at 5500rpm and 350Nm of torque from 1500-4800rpm, the T6 uses both supercharging and turbocharging to up the ante to 235kW at 5700rpm and 400Nm from 2200-5400rpm, while the T8 plug-in hybrid combines the T6’s engine with a 65kW/240Nm electric motor and 10.4kWh lithium-ion battery for a total combined output of 300kW/640Nm. All three engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive system, with the T5 reaching 100km/h from standstill in 6.8 seconds, the T6 requiring 5.9s and the T8 the quickest of the lot at 5.3s. Top speed is 220km/h in the T5 and 230km/h in the other two, while preliminary combined-cycle fuel economy is 7.3L/100km in T5, 7.7L/100km in T6 and just 2.1L/100km in the T8 hybrid. CO2 emissions in the latter are a mere 49g/km, compared to 167g in T5 and 176g in T6, while the T8 also offers a 45km electric-only driving range. The diesels – both twin-turbo units – similarly pair with an eight-speed auto and AWD, the D4 producing 140kW at 4250pm and 400Nm from 1750-2500rpm and the D5 – armed with ‘PowerPulse’ technology – pushing up to 173kW at 4000rpm and 480Nm from 1750-2250rpm. Acceleration from 0-100km/h is 8.4s and 7.2s for the D4 and D5 respectively, top speed is 205/220km/h and fuel economy and emissions come in at 5.2/5.5L/100km and 136/144g per kilometre. Kerb weight ranges from 2081kg to 2349kg depending on the variant, maximum braked towing capacity is 2400kg – a 400kg improvement over the current model – and, for off-road enthusiasts, the approach, breakover and departure angles are, respectively, 23.1, 20.8 and 25.5 degrees. Perhaps referencing the new-generation model’s lower height and modern but not overtly aggressive design, Volvo Car Group senior vice-president of design Thomas Ingenlath said: “The XC60 is an SUV not designed to look down on others but to drive. “The exterior has an athletic sculpture with a subtle, timeless quality. The interior is a masterful composition of well-resolved architecture, beautiful materials and the very latest technology – all perfectly blended together. “The XC60 provides a true Scandinavian experience which will make our customers feel special.”Source: http://www.goauto.com.au/mellor/mellor.nsf/story2/12787A40BDE3E5B4CA2580DD000FFA65#!prettyPhoto
8 March 2017
VOLVO’S all-important new-generation XC60 mid-size premium SUV has emerged at the Geneva motor show overnight ahead...
Next-gen Volvo XC60 mid-size SUV teased ahead of Geneva debut
VOLVO has released a number of teaser images on social media of its upcoming second-generation XC60 mid-size SUV, giving some hints to the design of the vehicle which will be revealed in full at the Geneva show next week. The trio of images reveal the grille with the headlights illuminated, a close-up of the front headlights and a profile shot of the car draped in a semi-transparent cloth. The now familiar ‘Thor’s Hammer’ LED design headlights from the XC90 large SUV and related S and V90 will trickle down to the mid-size XC60. On the XC60, the headlights are simpler, and feature a more rounded style than the XC90. The size of the XC60 is expected to grow somewhat, given that it will be built on Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, shared by the 90-series vehicles. One photo shows the profile of the car which appears to retain the long, vertical tail-lights from the outgoing model and current XC90, a signature design element of Volvo SUVs. The lights are illuminated by LED strips, and show a sloping tailgate that gives the XC60 a more SUV coupe-style profile. Powertrain choices are yet to be announced, however it is expected that Volvo will drop the current 2.4-litre five-cylinder turbo-diesel engine in favour of uniform 2.0-litre four-cylinder engines across the board, as is the case in the XC90 and S/V90. The XC90 is offered with a D5 twin-turbo-diesel making 147kW/470Nm, a T6 super- and turbo-charged petrol unit good for 235kW/400Nm, and a range-topping turbo-petrol hybrid T8 variant that teams the T6 engine with an electric motor with an output of 65kW/240Nm. The new XC60 is a critical model for Volvo Australia, as it has been the best-selling model in its local line-up every year since it was launched Down Under in 2011. Last year Volvo sold 2134 XC60s, ahead of the XC90 with 1486 sales and the V40 which found 1129 homes. The XC60 still sits near the bottom of the pack in the premium mid-size SUV segment, leading the Jaguar F-Pace, BMW X4 and Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe in 2016 but behind segment leaders such as the Mercedes-Benz GLC, Land Rover Discovery Sport and BMW X3. The XC60 will be revealed in full on March 7 at the Geneva show.Source: http://www.goauto.com.au
Next-gen Volvo XC60 mid-size SUV teased ahead of Geneva debut
VOLVO has released a number of teaser images on social media of its upcoming second-generation XC60 mid-size SUV, giving some hints to the design of the vehicle which will be revealed in full at the Geneva show next week. The trio of...
4 November 2016
VOLVO has revealed a top-of-the-line version of its flagship large luxury S90 sedan for the Chinese market only, days after announcing it will shift global production of the S90 from Europe to its Daqing plant in northern China. Called the S90 Excellence and set to make its debut at this month’s Guangzhou motor show, the new model is aimed at chauffeur-driven customers thanks to the removal of the front passenger seat in favour of what the Chinese-owned Swedish brand is calling the ‘Lounge Console’. First shown as a concept at last year’s Shanghai show, the Lounge Console serves a number of purposes for the occupant sitting in the rear passenger side seat, including doubling as a work station thanks to a fold-out entertainment system with a display screen that can be used for work if needed. The Lounge Console also features a storage space and adjustable footrest, while the rear centre console comes with a fold-out tray table, heated and cooled cupholder, built-in refrigeration compartment, two handmade crystal glasses from Swedish glassmaker Orrefors and a touchscreen control interface. Other features include a panoramic sunroof, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and an air filtration system as a part of its air conditioning. The S90 Excellence will be powered by Volvo’s top-spec T8 plug-in hybrid petrol drivetrain, which uses a twin-charged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine teamed to a 69kW electric motor for a combined output of a healthy 304kW/640Nm. Safety equipment includes Large Animal Detection, which is part of Volvo’s City Safety system, and Pilot Assist, a semi-autonomous driving system that works up to 130km/h. The production of the S90 in China is a part of Volvo’s strategy to shift the bulk of the company’s manufacturing to China, with the mid-sized S60 and related vehicles set to be built in western China at its Chengdu plant, as well as 40-Series small vehicles at a new factory being built at Luquiao, 350km south of Shanghai. Volvo Car Group president and CEO Hakan Samuelsson said that Chinese manufacturing is the future for Volvo. “China will play an increasingly important part in our global manufacturing ambitions,” he said. “Our factories here will deliver world-class products for export across the globe in coming years, contributing to our objective of selling up to 800,000 cars a year by 2020.” Volvo Car Australia managing director Kevin McCann said that he would be open to importing Chinese-built Volvos in the future, as they will be built to global Volvo Car Manufacturing System (VCMS) standards. “If there was ever a model that was built in a Chinese factory that suited our market, we wouldn’t baulk at the idea that it is built in China because we know that our global standards are the same,” he said. The S90 Excellence will be available for sale in China in 2017, following the start of Chinese production of the S90 in November.Source: http://www.goauto.com.au/mellor/mellor.nsf/story2/ADC0B6CAD7808545CA2580610014D9F6#!prettyPhoto
4 November 2016
VOLVO has revealed a top-of-the-line version of its flagship large luxury S90 sedan for the Chinese market only, days after announcing it will shift global production of the...