Volvo has finally launched the new generation of its popular mid-size SUV, the Volvo XC60 in India. Showcased for the first time at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the car has now been launched in the country in the fully-loaded Inscription trim.
The car seems to be a premium one and an evolved version of its predecessor with more high-tech features on offer. It has grown powerful from the earlier version and promises to offer a great driving experience to its buyers.
The mid-range 60 series of Volvo is quite popular and accounts for around 30 percent of the company’s global sales. Let’s dive into everything one needs to know before buying the car.
The new Volvo XC60 is built on the company’s latest Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform that presently underpins the elder sibling, Volvo XC90. The second-gen model is slightly wider, longer and shorter than its predecessor, which makes it a perfectly-sized car for city rides.
The next-gen SUV now gets a sportier stance with reduced height and raised ground clearance. At the front, the car gets new headlights with DRLs, large signature grille and a sculpted bonnet. The side profile of the car looks classy with curves at the right places and also gets ORVMs with integrated turn indicators. Moreover, the sporty alloy wheels add sportiness to the premium look of the car. The SUV is offered in four different colour schemes – Havana Brown, Crystal White Pearl, Black Max and Pine Grey.
The cabin of the car looks luxurious and packs premium notches along with superior technical features. The space inside is quite comfortable for the occupants, thanks to the large wheelbase. The SUV is offered in three interior trims – Blond, Amber and Maron Brown.
The leather-wrapped seats are comfortable enough and come with height adjustable feature. Moreover, the headrest and central armrest also add to the comfort. The car possesses a first-in-class feature i.e. the front seats get cooled or heated with a message function. It also gets a 9.0-inch centre-mounted Sensus touchscreen infotainment system in a tweaked form for better usability. It comes compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The steering of the car supports voice commands for your convenience.
Braking and safety
The popular mid-size XC60 SUV from the Swedish carmaker is packed with safety features to provide a safe riding experience for the occupants. In terms of braking, the car gets disc brakes assisted by ABS (anti-lock braking system) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution). Furthermore, the car receives airbag for passengers as well as for the driver. Other safety features include reverse parking sensor, steer assist, automatic emergency braking, traction control, engine immobilizer, child safety lock, brake assist, hill assist and blind spot information system.
The Indian-spec SUV has been offered with a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, D5 diesel engine that can produce a maximum power output of 233 bhp at 4,000 revolutions per minute against a peak torque of 480 Nm between 1,750 to 2,250 revolutions per minute. For transmission purpose, the engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox along with an all-wheel drive (AWD) system. The Volvo XC60 is offered in diesel, petrol and plug-in hybrid variants globally. Apart from the oil burner, India is expected to get the plug-in hybrid variant too in coming years.
Volvo claims to reach a speed of 100 kmph from standstill position in a mere 7.2 seconds and offers a top speed of 230 kmph. The car offers five different driving mode options – Comfort, Dynamic, Off-Road, Eco and Individual.
The Volvo XC60 shares the same engine of its elder sibling, XC90, which returns an ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 17.2 kmpl. However, the car is expected to deliver a mileage of 13.80 kmpl in city conditions.
Priced at Rs 55.90 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Volvo XC60 continues to rival the likes of Mercedes-Benz GLC, Audi Q5, BMW X5 and the Jaguar F-Pace. It is an absolute pleasure to own a car of such a calibre, driveability, comforts, safety along with the premium appeal to it. It is no less than its elder sibling, Volvo XC90 in terms of performance. You can know more about the specs and prices of the Volvo XC90 in India on Autoportal.com.