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Stylish & Dynamic: 2018 Volvo XC60 SUV

Volvo Cars introduced the all new XC60 SUV last year at the Geneva Motor Show. The new car 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. The XC60 today represents around 30 percent of Volvo’s total global sales.

“The XC60 is an SUV not designed to look down on others but to drive. The exterior has an athletic sculpture with a subtle, timeless quality. The interior is a masterful composition of well-resolved architecture, beautiful materials and the very latest technology - all perfectly blended together. The XC60 provides a true Scandinavian experience which will make our customers feel special,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President, Design at Volvo Car Group.

The 2018 XC60 is the first of the all-new 60 series cars and includes elements of the new Volvo design language. All XC60s will come equipped with a class leading level of standard equipment including a panoramic moonroof, leather seats, Thor’s Hammer LED headlamps, and Apple Carplay / Android Auto integrated into the nine-inch center touch screen. Optional features such as soft Nappa Leather seats with ventilation and massage, Bowers & Wilkins Premium Sound and four-corner air suspension bring a new level of luxury to the mid-sized SUV market.

The new XC60, considered one of the safest cars ever made, 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 (BLIS) now uses Steer Assist functionality to reduce the risk of lane-changing collisions.

Offered in Momentum, R-Design and Inscription trim levels, base power is generated by a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine. T6 models are outfitted with a 2.0L four-cylinder supercharged and turbocharged engine. An AW TG-81 SC eight-speed automatic transmission communicates torque to the wheels. All-wheel drive is standard.

Control hardware consists of a double wishbone front suspension, hydraulic shock absorbers and stabilizer bar. The rear suspension consists of an integral axle with transverse composite leaf spring, hydraulic shock absorbers and stabilizer bar. A front/rear air suspension is an available option.

Inside the passenger cabin, the new CleanZone four-zone climate system removes harmful pollutants and particles from outside the cabin to deliver Scandinavian-fresh air on the inside. Volvo Cars’ driver infotainment and connected services offer Sensus, and the Volvo On Call app which both receive a graphical update with improved usability.

Dimensions and specifications
Wheelbase: 112.8; overall length: 184.6; width: 74.9; height: 65.3
All vehicle measurements are in inches.
Engine: 2.0L four-cylinder turbo – 250 hp at 5500 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque at 4800 rpm; 2.0L four-cylinder turbocharged and supercharged – 316 hp at 5700 rpm and 295 lb-ft of torque at 2200-5400 rpm.

Transmission: eight-speed automatic
EPA Fuel Economy: 22 city/28 hwy. (4-cyl turbo); 21 city/27 hwy. (4-cyl turbo/ supercharged).
Cargo capacity: 29.7 cubic feet
Towing capacity: 3500 pounds

Safety features
Dual front airbags, front seat mounted side-impact airbags, driver’s knee airbag, front/rear dual inflatable side curtains, whiplash protection system, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock, electronic brake assistance, electronic brake distribution, hill start assist, hill descent control, lane keeping aid, rear park assist camera, road sign information, Volvo On-Call, LED headlights, daytime running lights, alarm system, Bluetooth hand-free phone system, active high beams, remote central locking system, private locking, oncoming lane mitigation, and rain sensor. Inscription adds LED front fog lights with cornering lights.

Optional safety features include: park assist pilot, front/rear parking assist, blind spot inform system and cross traffic alert, active bending lights, 360 degree surround camera, headlight high pressure cleaning, graphical head up display, navigation system, pilot assist – semi autonomous drive system with adaptive cruise control, keyless entry and drive, hands-free power tailgate and HomeLink garage door opener.

Basic: 4-year/50,000 mile
Roadside Assistance: 4-year/unlimited 24-hour

The base Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2018 Volvo XC60 SUV starts from $41,500 for the Momentum, $44,800 for the R-Design and $45,300 for the Inscription. Destination charges add $995.

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Ken Chester, Jr.

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