The most-awaited next-gen 2017 Volvo XC60 is scheduled to launch on December 12, 2017, in India. Earlier this year, the car was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show and the production began in April in Sweden.
The Swedish car manufacturer is most likely to launch the SUV in the fully-loaded ‘Inscription’ trim with an array of technical and safety goodies on offer. The second generation Volvo XC60 is built on the company’s latest Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, which also underpins the Volvo XC90. It is expected to be assembled in the company’s hub in Bengaluru.
The 2017 Volvo XC60 borrows its styling cues from its elder sibling, XC90. The exterior design of the car features a stylish Thor’s Hammer-like headlamps integrated with LEDs, a sporty front bumper and the company’s signature multi-slat front grille, which makes the front fascia of the car look aggressive. The side profile of the car is perfectly designed with creases and curves aesthetically placed. The car runs on the sporty alloy wheels, while the rear profile of the car receives new LED tail-lights, which is vertically stacked.
The interior of the car looks exceptionally classy with light colour shades and a fit and finish cabin. The seats add to the premiumness of the cabin with good quality leather upholstery. Moreover, the dashboard equips a 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that uses the latest interface with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The car gets three driver-assistance features - Steer Assist, Oncoming Lane Mitigation and Blind Spot Information systems.
Globally, the new Volvo XC60 is most likely to be offered in two petrol variants, two diesel variants and one plug-in hybrid option as well. The diesel versions include a D4 engine and a D5 engine. Among which, the top-end trim of 2.0-litre D5 engine is most likely to be considered for India, which produces a maximum power output of 231 bhp. In the petrol variant, a T5 and T6 engine options are there, which are expected to come to India later. Volvo is also offering a T8 plug-in-hybrid, which develops a maximum power output of 401 bhp and is not likely to be considered for India.
The starting price of the Volvo XC60 is expected to be at Rs. 55 lakh (ex-showroom) and will continue to rival the likes of Mercedes-Benz GLE, Audi Q5, BMW X3 and the Jaguar F-Pace.