2018 Volvo XC60 marks the first major redesign of the crossover since its introduction about nine years ago. The XC60 is Volvo’s mid-size two-row SUV, slotting in below the range-topping XC90 and above the upcoming XC40 compact. The 2018 Volvo XC60 was unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, looking much like a baby XC90 with attractive styling. It is Volvo’s second-generation XC60 crossover that among the oldest Volvos in the range and is due for an update.
2018 Volvo XC60 Exterior and Interior Design
While evolutionary in character, the exterior of the remade XC60 has more edge. Though it shares its platform with the larger XC90, the automaker wanted to give its volume model more distinct styling. The broad grille seen of other new Volvo’s remains as do pointed headlights with the ‘Thor’s hammer’ sideways-T lighting signature. Lower and wider than before, this SUV also has a more commanding curbside presence from just about any angle. At the back, V90-inspired brakelights flank a more steeply raked rear windscreen than the boxier XC90. This means the aesthetic is fairly minimal with the car’s body dominated by pleasing silhouettes and shapes rather than deluged under lots of fine details.
The cabin of the XC60 looks are even more familiar, however, with a much more luxurious cabin borrowing many elements from larger Volvos. Front and back seats get an extra dose of padding, ventilated leather upholstery to go with the leather-wrapped dashboard and real wood trim. A big, vertical touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability takes center stage on the XC60’s dashboard. Volvo is updating/upgrading their safety innovations. The 2018 Volvo XC60 has Pilot Assist which is a semi-autonomous system that can assist with steering, braking and accelerating or take these functions over when needed.
2018 Volvo XC60 Release Date and Price
The redesigned XC60 is due in showrooms by the end of the year, as a 2018 model. We expect the XC60 come with a base price near the $41,945 asked for today’s version.
2018 Volvo XC60 Powertrain and Performance
Volvo has taken a large amount of the guesswork out of determining its future models powertrain secrets. That means motivation should come from a selection of four-cylinder engines aided, depending on the model, by turbocharging, supercharging and a plug-in hybrid drivetrain. 2018 Volvo XC60 will be made available with a selection 2.0 liter turbo engines, as well as the T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid powertrain. Final outputs are up in the air, but expect at least 240 horsepower for the T5 and more than 300 hp for the T6. While, the AWD plug-in Twin Engine T8 models step output up to 400 total ponies with the help of an electric motor that drives the rear wheels. Regardless of powerplant, all variants 2018 Volvo XC60 are mated to an eight-speed automatic tranny.