Go Inside The New Volvo XC60

Cars

September 7, 2017 | BY Michael Wan

The perfect vehicle for young, dynamic owners

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The first generation of the XC60 was Europe's best-selling mid-sized SUV in 2015 and has sold more than 1 million vehicles worldwide. Now, the all-new XC60 is about to become available to Hong Kong after its debut at this year's Geneva Motor Show.

Exterior

Overall, the car is larger than its predecessor and its new design gives it a more athletic and contemporary appearance. The iconic "Thor's Hammer" front T-shaped LED headlights, paired with a new radiator grille design featuring shiny vertical slacks, makes for a bold and dynamic look. 

Interior

Once you sit inside the XC60, it's clear that the car's sleek interior was inspired Scandinavian design. The dashboard features a ribbon of wood that has undergone natural weathering to give it a distinctively rustic effect. The overall design is refreshingly simple, giving drivers and passengers a feeling of serenity and comfort. 

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The 9-inch vertical touchscreen display in the centre panel replaces the need for a cluster of buttons to operate various controls. There is also Apple Carplay and Android Auto to sync your smartphones, and built-in software to access Spotify. If you love listening to music on the road, opt for the Bowers and Wilkins premium sound system with 15 speakers installed.

Performance and handling

The new XC60 uses an in-house built Scalable Product Architecture modular chassis system that strengthens safety while reducing weight. 

The 2L Drive-E 4 cylinder turbocharged engine with 8 speed Geartronic transmission will push out 254 bhp and 350 nm of torque. The car can sprint from 0-100 km/h in a respectable 6.8 seconds.

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Dynamic handling is achieved by its front suspension's autonomic adjustment of tire angles and decrease in wheelbase distance, while the rear suspension has a transverse leaf spring. There is an option for air suspension to further improve aerodynamic performance and ride stability. 

The new generation XC60 also comes with Steering Support, Blind Spot Indication, Steering  Assistance and Oncoming Lane Mitigation. There are also Front Collision Mitigation, Lane Keeping Aid and Run-off road Mitigation features. After all, a Volvo would not be a Volvo without being at the forefront of safety technology.

See also: Volvo XC90 Wins Safest Car Award from Euro NCAP