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Volvo XC60 – Rugged with an urban twist

 

Volvo’s best-selling model, the XC60, is a sleek and capable SUV with a sharp urban edge. The redesigned front features a new hood shape that emphasises the new Volvo XC60’s wide, confident stance.

 

Accentuated road presence

Volvo’s best-selling model, the XC60, now has a more urban twist. The redesigned front features a new hood shape that emphasises its wide, confident stance.

 

“We’ve taken away any black trim so the new Volvo XC60 is now all one body colour. The new headlamps look powerful and determined, and the horizontal lines on the grille with its chrome bars further emphasise the car’s width,” says Fedde Talsma.

 

The new Volvo XC60 XC60 is available with 20-inch wheels, but keep the same tyre profile height and ride comfort as with 19-inch wheels.

 

Interior

The new Volvo XC60 also benefits from interior changes. These include new wood inlays, a new headliner, textile B-pillars and silk metal frames around the air vents and light controls.

 

The refined Volvo XC60 has a commanding driving position supported by generous ground clearance and a class-leading chassis. The new Volvo XC60 is designed to feel every bit as nimble and agile as a standard road car.

 

The XC60 buyer can also specify a new sport seat that retains Volvo’s renowned comfort and makes a perfect addition to the in-command feel of a true driver’s car. It has great side support all the way from the thighs to the shoulders, keeping the driver firmly in position when cornering fast.

 

Three-section rear seat

The new Volvo XC60’s three-split (40/20/40) rear seat and backrest offer two separate seats with an armrest in the middle, or three seats with safety belts for each occupant. The seat cushions are fixed and the backrest(s) can be individually folded.

 

The optional power tailgate can be opened automatically in three ways – via the remote control; a button in the light panel; or by opening the tailgate with the handle.

 

Emphasised attention to detail

There are many examples of the attention to detail in the new Volvo XC60. The previously visible washer nozzles have been relocated out of sight under the bonnet.

 

The radar cover has been painted gloss black, which practically makes it disappear in the grille. The chrome frame around the grille has been removed and the new, bigger ironmark badge enhances the new cars’ self-confident look.

 

The new integrated tailpipes, which can be specified with some engine variants, are the physical and visual link to the technically advanced engines. But it’s not just about beautiful design: the designers have had to cope with the fact that at operating temperature, the tailpipes have to remain perfectly in place despite the exhaust system expanding in length by up to 25mm. This is another example of true Scandinavian precision engineering.

 

Superb driving dynamics

The refined new Volvo XC60 offers a commanding driving position supported by generous ground clearance and a class-leading chassis. The XC60 is designed to feel every bit as nimble and agile as a standard height road car.

 

Corner Traction Control is standard in the new Volvo XC60. This torque vectoring system helps the driver avoid understeer by applying just the right amount of brake force to the inner wheels while powering the outer wheels when accelerating out of a corner.

 

With All Wheel Drive, the new Volvo XC60 becomes an extremely capable vehicle on any road, in any kind of weather.

 

Hill Descent Control further boosts this capability by automatically controlling the car’s speed when driving down steep slopes.

 

Powerful T6 version

The T6 petrol engine has a displacement of 3.0 litres and pumps out 224kW and no less than 440 Nm of torque. Fuel consumption is 10.7 l/100 km (EU Combined). The engine’s power is delivered to the wheels via Volvo’s second-generation six-speed automatic Geartronic transmission.

 

Direct-injected T5

The XC60 is also available with the 2-litre GTDi (Gasoline Turbocharged Direct Injection) T5 producing 177kW and torque of 320 Nm.

 

Refined diesel Engines

The five-cylinder D5 turbo diesel, has 158kW and 440 Nm of torque. The D5 with All Wheel Drive and automatic gearbox has fuel consumption of 6.4 l/100 km (CO2 emissions of 169 g/km).

 

The automatic D4 (120kW) versions of the new Volvo XC60 now comes with fuel consumption at 6.0 l/100 km (159 g/km). The figures with the manual gearbox are 5.3 l/100 km (139 g/km).

 

New features and enhancements across the new Volvo XC60 range

 

New Paddle shifters

The three-spoke steering wheels can now be equipped with paddle shifters for cars specified with automatic transmission. The paddle shifters give the enthusiastic driver an additional edge, particularly when powering round twisty roads.

 

New Adaptive Digital Display

Volvo’s Adaptive Digital Display, which debuted in the all-new Volvo V40, is now available across the Volvo 60s range. This active TFT (Thin Film Transistor) crystal display takes the interaction between car and driver to a new dimension, always displaying the most important information in any given situation.

 

The driver can choose between three graphic themes:

The Elegance theme is the base mode with a traditional and calm aura.

 

The Eco theme features a green background illumination, with an environmentally inspired look. An Eco meter is displayed on the left. The current and accumulated fuel consumption figures are displayed – and the driver is rewarded with a green E light when eco-driving is optimal.

 

The Performance theme has red background illumination, creating a sporty atmosphere. In the centre, a rev counter scale replaces the speedometer displayed in the Elegance and Eco versions. Vehicle speed is shown digitally in the centre of the display. The right display includes a power meter – a gauge that informs the driver how much power is available and how much power is being used at any given time.

 

New Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection technology

New advanced software, including more rapid vision processing, has now made it possible to extend Volvo Cars’ present detection and auto brake technology to cover certain cyclist situations as well.

 

The new Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with full auto brake is equipped with an advanced sensor system that scans the area ahead. If a cyclist heading in the same direction as the car suddenly swerves out in front of the car and a collision is imminent, there is an instant warning and full braking power is applied.

 

The technology also detects if a pedestrian steps out into the road in front of the car. If the driver does not respond in time, the car can warn the driver and automatically activate the brakes.

 

New Driver Alert Control – detecting and warning tired drivers

Driver Alert Control is designed to detect and warn tired drivers. The system can also cover other situations where the driver is distracted.

 

Driver Alert Control consists of a camera, a number of sensors and a control unit. The camera continuously measures the distance between the car and the road lane markings. The sensors register the car’s movements. The control unit stores the information and calculates whether the driver risks losing control of the vehicle.

 

If the risk is assessed as high, the driver is alerted via an audible signal. A text message appears in the car’s information display, displaying a coffee cup symbol to advise him or her to take a break.

 

“As the leader in automotive safety, we have reduced the risk of being involved in an accident or being injured in one of our latest car models by around 50 percent since the year 2000. By continuously introducing new preventive and protective systems, we keep moving towards our safety vision that nobody should die or suffer serious injuries in a new Volvo car by the year 2020,” says Thomas Broberg, Senior Safety Advisor at Volvo Car Group.

 

 

New Active High Beam with ground-breaking technology

The new Active High Beam Control makes journeys in the dark safer and more comfortable.

The technology eliminates the need to switch between low and high beam. Instead, Active High Beam Control makes it possible to keep the headlights on full beam continuously.

 

When another car approaches from the opposite direction, the system helps to prevent dazzling the oncoming driver by shading out only as much of the beam as necessary. This is done by an ingenious projector module mechanism integrated into the headlamp.

The same benefit applies to drivers in preceding cars.

 

New Dedicated Daytime Running Lights (DDRL)

The new DDRL’s are located in the front bumper cover of all derivatives across the new Volvo 60s range. This feature consists of an LED-equipped light bar and a control module that automatically adjusts the brightness.

 

When DDRL is not active, the brightness is reduced to just 3%, thus acting as a front position lamp.

 

New Cornering Lights for better visibility

Another innovative option for driving in the dark is the low-speed Cornering Light feature. As an extension of the current Active Bending Light system, it lights up the area the driver is steering towards for safer manoeuvring. This system automatically activates the side cornering lights when reversing and can be very handy when reversing out of narrow driveways or to help illuminate the curb or other hidden objects.

 

New Cross Traffic Alert – covering your back

Cross Traffic Alert uses the radar sensors at the rear end of the car to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from either side when reversing out of a parking space. This is especially helpful in tight and crowded areas where the side view might be limited due to infrastructure, vegetation or other parked cars.

 

The function warns of traffic up to 30 metres from the car. Smaller objects like bicycles and pedestrians may also be detected, but not always and only at a shorter distance. The alert, which remains active as long as the target is present in the zone, is delivered to the driver as an audible signal and a warning in the centre screen.

 

New Road Sign Information – an extra “eye” on the traffic environment

Road Sign Information supports the driver by displaying road signs in the instrument display. This feature can also be combined with the Speed Alert function, which provides the driver with a visual warning in the speedometer if the speed limit is exceeded.

 

New Auto-dim exterior mirrors

Using chromatic glass, the mirrors automatically dim to avoid glare from other traffic, just like the inner rear-view mirror.

 

New, comfortable sport seat

Supportive yet comfortable seats that ensure a fresh and relaxed arrival after the longest of journeys have been a Volvo trademark for decades. Buyers can now specify a new sport seat that retains this traditional comfort and makes a perfect addition to the in-command feel of a true driver’s car. It has great side support all the way from the thighs to the shoulders, and keeps the driver firmly in position when cornering fast.

 

New Personalised keys

The car keys across the Volvo 60s range can now be personalised even further. Each vehicle comes with two keys – each with a slightly different design to easily distinguish between the two. The two keys can each be programmed with its own instructions for seating and side mirror positions, as well as preferred Digital display theme. In other words, the vehicle will set itself to the key with which it is opened.

 

New Hill Start Assist

All manual derivatives across the new Volvo 60s range are now equipped with Hill Start Assist as standard. This simply makes it easier to pull off on inclines and ensures a smoother drive.

 

 

Enhanced Bluetooth with music streaming

The Bluetooth connection has been upgraded to allow not only hands-free phone conversations but also music streaming from your preferred Bluetooth-enabled portable music player. Volvo is actually the only brand to offer Bluetooth music streaming throughout the entire vehicle range. Integrated navigation with voice commands is available as an option.

 

 

Enhanced Ambient Lighting

The interior ambient lighting has been enhanced across the Volvo 60s range to provide a more elegant and luxurious feel. In the new Volvo S60, V60 and XC60 the ambient lighting, which is situated in the steering wheel, centre stack, door panel and cup holder areas now has a clean, white glow adding to the interior’s unique Scandinavian style.

 

 

Enhanced Blind Spot Information System – for better visibility

Volvo’s enhanced Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), which is radar-based, can now also monitor and alert the driver to rapidly approaching vehicles up to 70 m behind the car.

 

 

Enhanced City Safety – now active up to 50 km/h

Volvo’s award-winning City Safety system is now active at speeds up to 50 km/h (previously 30 km/h). City Safety keeps an eye on traffic in front with the help of a laser sensor that is integrated into the top of the windscreen at the height of the rear-view mirror.

 

The car automatically brakes if the driver fails to react in time when the vehicle in front slows down or stops – or if the car is approaching a stationary vehicle too fast.

 

 

Adaptive Cruise Control & Distance Alert – keeping the distance

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) promotes comfortable driving by using radar to automatically maintain a set time gap to the car in front.

 

The driver sets the desired maximum speed and chooses a time interval to the vehicle in front. When the radar sensor detects a slower vehicle, the car’s speed is automatically adapted to match the vehicle in front.

 

The Queue Assist function on cars with an automatic gearbox maintains the set gap all the way down to standstill, making this comfort-enhancing system extremely useful in slow-moving queues with repeated starting and stopping.

 

 

Distance Alert is a feature that helps the driver keep a safe distance to the vehicle in front. He or she chooses between five different time gaps via buttons on the steering wheel. The selected gap is shown in the speedometer display. A light in the heads-up display informs the driver if the gap to the car in front becomes too short.

 

 

World-class audio experience

The most advanced audio unit has a class D digital 5x130W amplifier, Dolby Digital in combination with Dolby Pro Logic II Surround, the latest MultEQ from Audyssey Laboratories and 12 loudspeakers.

 

The market-leading MultEQ technology from Audyssey Laboratories eliminates the distortion that might otherwise be caused by the passenger compartment’s particular acoustic properties. The result is crisper and clearer sound for everyone in the car.

 

Premium Sound can play DVDs, CDs and USBs with music in MP3, AAC or WMA format as well as AVI and Video Div-X. The system also includes Bluetooth capability (A2DP).

 

In addition to the top-of-the-line Premium Sound Multimedia three other audio systems are available:

  • Performance, 6-speaker system
  • High Performance, 8-speaker system
  • High Performance Multimedia, 8-speaker system

 

For hooking up other equipment such as a portable MP3 player, iPod (from Generation 3), iPod Touch or iPhone, all the audio systems now feature an AUX (Performance) or USB connection as standard. From the High Performance Multimedia level, USB also supports Video Div-X.

 

 

 

Optional Sensus Connected Touch – connectivity on a new level

Sensus Connected Touch is now available as an aftermarket option across the Volvo 60s range.

 

Sensus enables connectivity and Internet in the car and turns the 7-inch display into a state-of-the-art infrared, beam-scanned touch screen that can be used even when wearing gloves – a world first in cars and handy in winter! Connection is made either via a car-mounted 3G/4G dongle or the driver’s mobile phone.

 

With Sensus Connected Touch, the user has access to full Internet browsing (except when driving), Internet streaming of music, Internet radio (TuneIn and Orange Live Radio) with thousands of channels from all over the world, on-line (Google) Map and Search, Embedded Connected 3D navigation, weather information, a number of native and web applications, App Store for new functions and updates as well as a Volvo service locator.

 

It is also possible to share a WiFi network with everyone in the car.

 

And it’s all designed to be exceptionally user-friendly – you can find the track you want just by saying its name. The voice-activated system works on all music sources connected to the Volvo Sensus Connected Touch.

 

TripInfo is another great feature that can read out Wikipedia information about interesting points en-route via the audio system.

 

 

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