What Is It?
The 2018 Volvo XC60 is Sweden’s freshest premium compact crossover. This is an all-new generation that builds on the advances and successes of the larger XC90 SUV. Migrating styling cues, technology and safety features from the XC90, Volvo has pushed this second generation of XC60 into the forefront. It’s even built on a scaled-down version of the XC90’s platform.
Looks are subjective, admittedly, but it could be argued that Volvo is on something of a stylistic roll these days, especially with its 90-series vehicles. This XC60 bears a strong family resemblance. One glance at the headlights is all it takes.
It isn’t a bad thing that similarities go even deeper. We’ve all heard of semi-autonomous features like City Safety and Pilot Assist when looking into the XC90. They’re now available in the 2018 XC60. These systems, along with blind spot assistance, will detect other vehicles, pedestrians and large animals, and provide some extra steering to help avoid a collision. Like the XC90, the XC60 also gets a Run-off Road Mitigation function which helps protect occupants from spinal injuries by holding them firmly in their energy-absorbing seats if the vehicle leaves the pavement suddenly and unexpectedly.
The new XC60 is longer, wider and lower than its predecessor. Despite that last description, Volvo still claims class-leading ground clearance. Convenience features include quad-zone automatic climate control, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. The range also includes a T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid version.
To be announced. The 2018 Volvo XC60 starts at around $42,000.
When Can You Get It?
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The XC90, although it’s a tempting package, might be considered too big. And so the XC60 could be just the right size. Perhaps more affordable as well.
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