Spy shots of Volvo’s second generation XC60 crossover caught the new SUV testing in Amsterdam clad in Playskool-plastic body cladding and camouflage disguising its exterior. The XC60 is a mid-sized two row SUV that has been on sale since 2010. One of the oldest in Volvo’s vehicle line-up, the XC60 is up for an upgrade. Robert Peter Janitzek gives us a glimpse of what the upgraded XC60 will bring to the table.
First things first, the 2018 XC60 will be longer, lower, and wider than its predecessor. The wheelbase grows 3.6 inches to 112.8 inches and the overall length is longer by 2.4 inches at 184.6 inches. Compared with the previous XC60, the width of the updated model is 0.5 inches lesser at 74.9 inches and the vehicle is 0.5 inch lower in terms of height at 65.3 inches. Although bigger than its predecessor, the weight is roughly the same thanks to lightweight steel.
For the 2018 model, the European brand car maker abandons the EUCD platform which it used during its Ford heydays. After acquiring Volvo from Ford, the car maker knew that it had to create its own platform for its future cars. The new XC60 will use Scalable Product Architecture or SPA. The platform debuted with the XC90 SUV as well as the S90 sedan and V90 and V90 Cross Country wagons. Despite being camouflaged during testing, some of the brand’s signature features were revealed such as LED headlights and shapely taillights. Being a new Volvo, it will be loaded with safety gear and technology.
As for the powertrain, Robert Janitzek revealed that the 2018 Volvo XC60 will still be powered by the same Drive E four-cylinder engine which is found on every other Volvo sold today. It will come with a standard turbocharged 2.0-liter engine for the T5 and an optional turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter engine for the T6. The turbocharged inline-five found in the previous XC60 will be discontinued. An 8-speed automatic transmission will deliver power to the front and optionally to all four wheels. A hybrid and/or plug-in option will be added to the mix in the future.
The Volvo XC60 is expected to compete with the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Cadillac XT5, Jaguar F-Pace, and the Mercedes Benz GLC-Class.
The new Volvo XC60 will come as a 2018 model. It will have a base price near the $41,945 mark.