2018 Volvo XC60

Luxury automakers joined the “crossover rush” a bit late than
other brands.  They took time to realize that the
“crossover” was a storm that could not be ignored or taken
lightly. One such automaker was Volvo. However, credit to its
designers, after the automaker debuted the XC60 eight years
ago, the model has managed to curve a successful niche for
itself in the highly competitive SUV segment. This is courtesy
of its attractive exterior design and good interior packaging.
However, since its initial debut it has only undergone a single
upgrade back in 2013. After a long wait, finally, the automaker
is planning a more comprehensive overhaul for the 2018 model
year. Our spy photographers have already caught the
second-generation Volvo XC60 making testing runs wrapped in
playschool-like plastic body cladding. The new 2018 Volvo XC60
will use the automaker’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA).
Read along for more information:

2018 Volvo XC60 render Image

2018 Volvo XC60 Exterior

Due to the heavy camouflage, we can tell little about the
model’s exterior styling. According to rumors and from the
camouflage photos in our possession, it is clear that the XC60
front end is based on that of the XC90. As such, the model will
likely have a shiny chrome grille flanked by “Thor’s hammer”
headlights. Its bumper, however looks placed lower and looks
more aggressive. The flanks will likely resemble the XC90.

The rear is what will largely distinguish the XC60 from the
XC90. The XC60 has a sloping roofline (more of a coupe) that
makes it look sportier than its big brother does. The rear will
also feature an angled rear window, another hint for a
coupe-like design.

2018 Volvo XC60 Spy Photo

2018 Volvo XC60 Interior

Due to the heavy camouflage, it was impossible to make out what
the cabin of the testing mule looks like. However, the cabin
will be revised to   improve its credentials in a
market with the likes of BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC. 
Credible information indicates that the XC60 will adopt the
XC90 styling. The cabin will be very luxurious with features
such as a 9.0-inch infotainment display screen that features an
intuitive user interface and detailed graphics.

Expect the SUV to feature premium leather upholstery with a
premium wood trim. The model will be well equipped with all the
latest technologies in the industry. Among the likely features,
include a 12.3-inch digital display, surround-view camera and a
Bowers & Wilkins sound system. Passengers will enjoy
awesome natural lighting from the model’s slide-open panoramic
roof.

2018 Volvo XC60 Interior Render Image

We will update you with more information once we capture the
model without much camouflage or when the automaker discloses
more about the model’s cabin styling.

Engine Specs and performance

It is still months away before the on sale release of the Volvo
XC60. Although Volvo has not officially released details of the
drive-trains that will power the model, we have credible
reports on the same. For the base T5, the automaker will likely
feature the current 2.0 L, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that
produces 240 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.

Higher trims will be powered by a supercharged version of the
4-cylinder engine. This iteration will be capable of producing
over 300 horses as well as over 300 lb-ft of torque. Only these
engines will be offered in the US market.  Other markets
will also get a diesel mill. It is however not clear if Volvo
will offer a less powerful iteration of the hybrid mill used on
the XC90.  On the XC90, the engine produces 400 hp.

 

Price and release date

The Volvo XC60 will be showcased in the upcoming Geneva Auto
show in March. We will be able to tell you more about the
vehicle after the show. As for the price, expect the SUV to be
slightly more expensive than the outgoing version. I think a
price of around $41,000 for the base model is a good guess.
Sales will commence towards the end of the year.

Competition

The 2018 Volvo XC60 will compete with an array of other capable
premium SUVs such as the BMW X3, Audi Q5,
Jaguar
F-Pace, Cadillac
XT5 and
Mercedes-Benz GLC-class.