Swedish automaker Volvo’s second generation XC60 has been in the news for quite some time. The manufacturer is all set to launch the midsize luxury SUV on December 12’2017. However, there had been the speculations in the market regarding the2017 XC60 launch in December this year but the automaker had not made any official announcement regarding the launch date. The second-generation Volvo XC60 was first introduced this year at the Geneva Motor Show, while its production began in Sweden in April.
The new XC60 is the second model from the Swedish car maker to be based on the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform that currently underpins the company's flagship SUV, Volvo XC90. Talking about the looks, the upcoming SUV carries forward a lot of styling ques from its elder sibling XC90. The highlights at the exterior include the stylish LED Thor's Hammer headlamps, a sports front bumper with large air intakes and airdam, the signature multi-slat grille, sporty alloys and vertically stacked LED taillamps.
At the interior, the 2017 XC60 gets the signature Volvo styling such as the light-colored interior, superior fit and finish, premium leather upholstery, and a huge vertical 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system that offers easy access to in-car tech, trip information, music (courtesy Bowers and Wilkins), connectivity (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto - check). Apart from these, the luxury SUV also offers a number of new technologies including three advanced driver-assistance features. While it gets features like Steer Assist functionality to City Safety, Oncoming Lane Mitigation, and the optional Blind Spot Information systems, on the other hand Pilot Assist, Volvo's advanced semi-autonomous driver-assistance system has also been offered as option.
Mechanically, the next-gen Volvo XC60 internationally comes in two petrol models, two diesel models, and one plug-in hybrid option. While the petrol version includes the 250 bhp T5 petrol and the 315 bhp T6 petrol engines, the diesel versions include the 187 bhp D4 and the 231 bhp D5 with PowerPulse technology diesel engines. Apart from these, Volvo also offers the 401 bhp T8 Twin Engine petrol plug-in hybrid in the international markets. However, the Indian version is likely to come with only the top-end D5 engine variant 2-litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine, initially. According to the manufacturer, they might introduce a petrol engine later as well but the chances of introducing the hybrid engine in the near future seems quite low for the Indian market.
The new Volvo XC60 is likely to be priced between Rs 50-55 lakh as the outgoing model. However, unlike the first-gen model, the second-gen SUV is expected to be assembled at Volvo’s Banglore-based facility, like the elder sibling XC90. Also, likely be offered in just one top-spec trim level – Inscription, when launched, the 2017 Volvo XC60 is likely to take against the likes of Mercedes-Benz GLE, Audi Q5, BMW X3, the Jaguar F-Pace and the recently introduced Lexus NX 300h in the country. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for the launch updates of next-gen Volvo XC60.