The Volvo XC60 has big shoes to fill

One of the stars of the recent Geneva Motor Show was the new — and long-awaited — Volvo XC60.

The Volvo XC60 has big shoes to fill

The company’s new premium SUV replaces Volvo’s highly-successful original XC60 which, in the nine years since its launch became the bestselling premium mid-sized SUV in Europe with nearly a million units sold globally. It represents around 30% of Volvo’s total annual global sales.

Volvo says the new XC60 is one of the safest cars ever made and is fully-loaded with new technology. Steer Assist has been added to the ground-breaking City Safety system.

A new safety system called Oncoming Lane Mitigation uses steer assist to help mitigate head-on collisions, while Volvo’s Blind Spot Indication System uses Steer Assist functionality to reduce the risk of lane-changing collisions.

“We have focused on building a car that can deliver pleasure to all of your senses — from a commanding view of the road ahead in a beautifully appointed and calm cabin, to a safe, inspired and confident ride,” said Henrik Green, senior vice-president for product and quality at Volvo Car Group.

“We’ve paid particular attention to making life easier for our customers by providing them with the creature comforts and services that take the hassle out of everyday life.”

Pilot Assist, Volvo’s advanced semi-autonomous driver assistance system, which takes care of steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads up to 130kph, will be available in the new XC60 as an option.

On the engine front, the new range will offer Volvo’s award-winning T8 Twin Engine petrol plug-in hybrid at the top of the powertrain range, delivering 407 bhp and acceleration from 0-100kph in just 5.3 seconds.

“We have a wide range of powertrains,” added Mr Green. “The new XC60 will launch with the diesel D4 engine at 190 bhp and the D5 with PowerPulse technology delivering 235 bhp. We also have the petrol-powered T5 delivering 254 bhp and the T6, which with both turbo and superchargers attached, delivers 320 bhp and 400 Nm of torque.”

The new XC60 is set to go into production in mid-April at the Torslanda pant in Sweden and the first deliveries are expected in Ireland in time for the 172 registration and we are told that the entry level model will cost from €53,950.

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