Volvo revealed today the first official images and informations about the all-new XC60 that will make its world debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show. Sales of the car will start in Europe during the second half of , while sales in North America will get under way in early The new XC60 is being launched with a choice of three engines: the turbocharged T6 which produces hp, and two variants of the D5 turbodiesel, producing and hp respectively. In Volvo will add a new 2. The big news is City Safety - a unique feature that can help the driver avoid or reduce the effects of the type of low-speed impacts that are common in city traffic and traffic tailbacks. If the car is about to drive into the vehicle in front and the driver does not react, the car brakes itself.
Australians are gorging on a feast of quality SUVs. The all-wheel drive wagon menu has never been tastier, more varied, or more satisfying. It's a lot to consider and a lot more to digest. So, to get to the bottom at the top, the XC60 is one of the very best. It's not as flashy as the Murano, or as sporty as the CX-7, and it cannot really go off-road or beat the Tiguan for value. But nothing in the SUV lineup can top the class in every subject, so the Volvo translates solid scores in every single area into a class- leading result. And, as you expect, it has Volvo safety.
This is because a the test route, in the flowing scrub-laden hills east of Perth, comprises ball-bearing gravel, and b the XC60 is not an off-road vehicle. For the uninitiated, ball-bearing gravel is slippery. Oil has less anti-friction qualities and it's rumoured future gearboxes may use Perth gravel to improve cog smoothness. And it didn't take much. Just that slip to the left and the front fell into a gully where winter rains once washed.
You hit the brakes and stop short, only to look in your mirror and realise the driver behind isn't even looking and a hard impact is a certainty. But not if the vehicle in your mirror is a Volvo XC Even if the driver is distracted and fails to react, the XC60 is always on the lookout, and will apply the brakes for the distracted driver, minimising or eliminating the impact altogether. Volvo call this system City-Safety and the XC60 is the first vehicle in the world to be offered with such a feature.