For many years, we have known Volvo as a company with a laser-like focus on safety. Users with a strong need of being safe on the road were choosing this carmaker almost in every single occasion. The problem here is that Volvo seemed to forget about aesthetics, making most of their designs highly boring and disappointing.
Right now, users demand attractive designs, something that Volvo finally understood. During the last few years, the Sweden company decided to update their styling and give a boost to how its cars look without sacrificing a thing in terms of safety.
The 2018 XC60 is the next step for Volvo in this terrain. This recently announced model, during the 2017 Geneva Auto Show, displays the will of the company to become a modern carmaker and leave stereotypes behind.
Even without knowing too many details about what we are going to get with the 2018 XC60, the goal is clear: dominate a market filled with great alternatives when it comes to the luxury crossovers and SUVs, like the Macan from Porsche and the hardcore GLC43 from Mercedes-AMG.
Let’s get into the details.
Powerplant and Specs
There is little information about the mechanical details of the 2018 XC60. Nevertheless, we think that the most important aspect is known: the engines. Three different setups will be available for this model, all of them Drive-E 2.0-liter 4-cylinder presentations.
The first one is a turbocharged engine that will generate up to 250 horsepower. Next, we have a supercharged setup, enjoying 316 horsepower. Finally, the most powerful and greener option we have is the plug-in hybrid, which produces up to 400 horsepower. To complete the setup, Volvo is adding an 8-speed automatic transmission along with FWD and AWD options, the former being available months after the launch.
Performance numbers haven’t been discussed yet, but experts think that the fastest configuration will be around five seconds in zero to 60 mph (100 km/h) terms. On the other side, the 2018 XC60 plans to be the perfect example of how good is the new Scalable Product Architecture in terms of handling.
Looks and Luxury
Being XC90’s little brother, the 2018 XC60 clearly follows the same design pattern. Nevertheless, Volvo is quickly evolving into something more exciting and the proof of that is present in this fresh model.
Both in and out, Volvo is giving us a glimpse into the future, betting on an edgy design without being unpleasant at all. Inside, everything is a representation of luxury and lavishness. From aluminum to wood veneer, the dashboard features great detailing, including jewel-like shifters and control knobs.
We get the Sensus infotainment system developed by Volvo and many other amenities as standard. Abundant safety technologies also come as standard, something we can expect from this carmaker.
City Safety, one of the main suites of safety features, includes a groundbreaking self-steering capability. The vehicle can scan the surroundings in the search of objects that may represent a threat.
The Bottom Line
The 2018 Volvo XC60 seems to be the future for a carmaker that was known for being boring. Is this going to change anytime soon? Right now, all forecasts aim that way.
The base price is expected to be around US$42,000.