After nine years of squeezing everything from current generation XC60, it’s time for the all-new model. The XC60 accounts 30% of global sales of the Volvo lineup. And by the looks of 2018 Volvo XC60, we have a winner. While thinking about Volvo, you might recall it as being sturdy, boxy, somewhat ugly looking. But new model was presented not by mechanical or safety engineer but no other than Thomas Ingenlath, VP of Design. Design and Volvo didn’t go together well, but that was a long time ago. This beauty will take head on the likes of Porsche Macan, BMW X3, Audi Q5, Cadillac XT5, new Range Rover Velar, and so on.
2018 Volvo XC60 – SPA
Before we get to design we must say that new XC60 is built on new SPA (Scalable Product Architecture). It is also bigger, it’s longer, wider, but also lower. The wheelbase grows by 3.6 inches for a total of 112.8 inches. Overall length is increased to 184.6 inches (2.4 inches more), width is increased for less than 0.5 inches for a total of 74.9. But the new model is also lower for 0.5 inches resulting in 65.3-inch height. With bigger dimensions, you may think that 2018 Volvo XC60 is also heavier, but it’s not. Thanks to the new platform and use of lightweight steel, it remains roughly the same weight.
2018 Volvo XC60 – Design
You may also think that new model is just smaller XC90. “The all-new 2018 XC60 is not a scaled-down XC90. We were quite sure we wanted a different look and not babushka design” said Thomas Ingenlath. And he was right. The new model has front wheels pushed farther by the SPA, therefore making hood longer and more horizontal. The front end follows the XC90 and S90 design with Thor’s Hammer LED headlights and grille. The front overhang is trimmed while the whole body is emphasized with sharp creases making it look beefier. All in all, just by looking at it, we think that after this, German designers aren’t sleeping peacefully.
2018 Volvo XC60 – Interior
What can be said about new Volvo interior that isn’t already been told? Since 2018 Volvo XC60 follows the interior design from its siblings, we can’t find any flaws. Volvo introduced two trims, R-Design, and the top offer Inscription. While R-Design is rich enough, the one that really caught observer’s eyes is the highest trim available. Materials, finishing, and attention to details make it one of the best looking interiors. Which really isn’t coincidence since the interior designer is Robin Page who previously worked for Bentley. Seats are covered with Nappa leather and every piece of the interior has a soft touch. The main piece of equipment is the XC90-like center touchscreen that holds Volvo Sensus infotainment system. Control knobs and gear shift are jewel-like. There is four-zone climate control available, as well as Bower & Wilkins sound system with speaker grilles perforated with satin aluminum.
2018 Volvo XC60 – Engine Lineup
While we were hoping on some more volume powertrains for this SUV, we kind of knew that the 2018 Volvo XC60 will follow steps of its siblings. The new model will be offered with same 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine, and the same one but with supercharger also added. Later, the plug-in hybrid will also be available. While output numbers aren’t available we expect roughly the same as on XC90, with 250, 316, and 400 horsepower. Nevertheless, which engine type the buyer chooses, all come with an eight-speed automatic transmission. AWD will be available, while FWD is standard. Although it’s doing well, performance and driving characteristics aren’t Volvo’s main focus. But we’re glad that Volvo continues to put the effort in their main focus, the safety.
2018 Volvo XC60 – Safety
Now, think of any today’s available active systems that most manufacturers rarely offer them as standard. Volvo offers most of them as standard. This means City Safety will be the standard which for 2018 Volvo XC60 is further enhanced with optional self-steering capability. Which means that the car will alert you, apply brakes and even steer away if it detects collision with another car, pedestrian, cyclist, large animals and so on. There is also new safety system called Oncoming Lane Mitigation uses steer assist to help avoid head-on collisions, while Volvo’s Blind Spot Indication System (BLIS) also uses Steer Assist to reduce the risk of lane-changing collisions. One rare feature that comes as an option is semi-autonomous Pilot Assist which takes care of steering, acceleration, and breaking.
2018 Volvo XC60 – Release Date
The new XC60 will be available this fall. And while we’re waiting for pricing options have a look at how new model went through crash testing at Volvo Safety Centre at Gothenburg, Sweden.