Volvo has officially taken the wraps off the second-generation XC60 crossover. Thankfully, the real-deal 2018 XC60 turns out to be as predictable as we’d hoped. It’s a handsome little crossover that borrows many of its traits from the excellent 90 Series Volvo products.
At first glance it appears that Volvo has done a good job at converging the look of the first-generation XC60 with the new design language of the XC90. The result yields a crossover that looks vert Volvo, but isn’t a total mini-me of the XC90 (not that that would be a bad thing…). The XC60’s familiar shape is still intact, but new design traits such as the Thor’s Hammer LED daytime running lamps are borrowed from the 90 Series cars.
Inside is a similar story with the XC60. The interior design is very much in line with Volvo’s other latest products, with light colors and woods that converge upon a huge touchscreen display. The touchscreen is featuring an updated version of Volvo’s infotainment system, as well as optional four-zone climate control with particle air filters.
Volvo is also using the XC60 to launch a couple new safety features. The company is adding steering assist to its Volvo City Safety system. Basically, instead of just auto-braking during a potential collision, the XC60 will also be able to steer itself away from the hazard as well. Steering assist has also been added to the logic of Volvo’s lane-keeping and blind-spot monitoring systems.
All safety systems will function with Volvo’s Pilot Assist, which is Volvo’s semi-autonomous functionality. For the XC60, Pilot Assist has also been updated to accelerate, decelerate and steer the vehicle when conditions merit clear lane markings.
Being based on Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), it comes as no surprise that the XC60 is sharing its powertrains with the 90 series cars. This means a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four with about 250 horsepower that flows through an 8-speed automatic transmission. Eventually a T8 version of the XC60 is expected with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that will push upwards of 400 horsepower.
The XC60 will begin production in Sweden later this month, but won’t arrive in the U.S. until later this year. Once it does arrive, it will compete with the likes of the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC. Expect all-wheel-drive only at launch, but a front-wheel-drive variant is expected later.