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New Volvo XC60 inspired by XC90 features

By raccars Published


The new Volvo XC60 has just been spotted testing in its native Sweden and is expected to arrive on the market next year. The mid-sized SUV was spied wearing a heavy disguise but the details that were on show indicate that it has taken styling cues from its XC90 sibling.

The current Volvo XC60 was launched in 2008, meaning that it is now amongst the oldest cars on the road. It still manages to be one of the brand’s best-selling models, however.

Volvo design language on show

The XC60 looks set to feature key elements of the new Volvo design language and, despite the efforts to disguise the test car, the brand’s distinctive ‘Thor’s hammer’ lights can clearly be seen. A visible dominant nose grill also suggests the styling direction that the next XC60 will take as it spearheads the company’s revitalised 60-series, another step in the range-wide reinvention of Volvo.

Engine options

It is very likely that the all-new XC60 will feature Volvo’s 2.0 petrol and diesel units with the higher-spec models. Volvo’s aggressive engine downsizing will probably mean that these engines will be the most powerful in the range. If this is the case then the 2.5 D5 unit found in the current XC60 is likely to be discontinued.

The new XC60 is set to feature the new Volvo three-cylinder T5 hybrid system, although this has not yet been confirmed. It is due to appear for the first time with the Volvo XC40 during the latter stages of next year and should then be used in the XC60.

Inside the XC60 there are many shared features with the 90-series. These include the large, central infotainment system which is flanked by substantial air vents. There is a digital display behind the car’s steering wheel instead of traditional dials.

The XC60 is likely to make its debut at next year’s Geneva Motor Show and then go on sale before the new Volvo XC40 makes its appearance in the second half of 2017. It is likely to become a rival for the new BMW X3, which should arrive around the same time as the current car was launched in 2010. Other key competitors will include the new Q5 from Audi.

A new era for Volvo

In other news, Volvo has taken a step closer to making a return to the stock market after becoming Chinese owned. It has raised five billion Swedish crowns (around £43.5 million) from Swedish institutional investors, meaning that a future flotation on the stock market could be on the cards.

Geely-owned Volvo said in a statement that it was ‘another step towards’ the brand’s ambition to be a listed company. A Geely spokesperson, however, said there was no change to a previous statement which indicated that there were no plans in the immediate future for an offer of Volvo shares.

Volvo is one of Sweden’s largest companies, both in terms of the number of cars sold and the people it employs. It experienced a very difficult period during the financial crisis of 2008, however, and the then-owner Ford was forced to sell off the company at the discounted price of $1.8 billion.

Since then, however, new investment in factories and models has brought it back on track and the company now aims to expand its market in China, the US and Europe, where it wants to increase its market share by 100 per cent.

Volvo sold a total of 473,528 cars between January and November this year, largely as a result of demand for its XC90 SUV, and its operational earnings went up by 300 per cent during the first half of 2016.

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