Volvo has never really been a fan of upgrades and launching next-generation models. Perhaps it was because of lack of developmental resources. Regardless, if you were thinking that it is easy to let the XC60 fade out in memory, you are wrong. Initially launched in 2010, Volvo XC60 finally is tackling long overdue updates and rumors are that they are mind-blowing. Excited much? Let us explore what the Swedish brand has to offer.
All-wheel drive is now available in the lineup and the engine has been replaced with a high-performance four-cylinder turbocharged engine.
2017 Volvo XC60 – Expected Engine Details
In the past, Volvo XC60 has seen a variety of different engines. Fuel-thirsty 3.0-liter turbocharged V6, a 2.5-liter turbocharged 5-cylinder, and a 3.2-liter 6-cylinder engine has been under the hood previously. However, the advent of 2017 Volvo XC60 will see that these engines are supplanted by four cylinders grouped in pairs. Volvo calls the engine Drive-E — keep in mind that neither one of the pairs uses electricity, and no, they aren’t robotic either, just in case you were wondering.
If you think that four cylinder engines are not powerful enough, you are in for a surprise. The 8-speed automatic transmission delivers power to the mechanical engine. The Drive E-engines are designed specifically to improve the fuel economy of Volvo XC60 2017 without compromising on the performance. The engines are supposed to function at the peak efficiency at 1500 rpm — this could result in frequent changes in the transmission. However, the transmissions are expected to be really smooth.
The T5 trim level will have a 2.0-liter, 240 hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine that is now available on two different drive trains — forward drive and all-wheel drive. You would have expected the higher-level trim, 2017 Volvo XC60 to be accompanied with a six cylinder engine — but that is certainly not the case. It comes along with a four-cylinder engine only. Instead of a turbocharger, the engine is supplemented with a super-turbocharger which helps to boost the power to an improved 302 hp.
Naturally, the bigger trim has a powerful engine that makes acceleration feel smooth and effortless. According to Volvo, the four-cylinders are equivalent to six and sometimes, even eight cylinder engines. The engine will have both diesel and petrol variants. It is highly probable that the engine will be equivalent to the XC90 T8’s in terms of performance and efficiency and the AWD will make it possible to make 2017 Volvo XC60 a top choice for auto shoppers who love power and acceleration in the upcoming year.
2017 Volvo XC60 – Exterior Redesign
The one thing that will definitely steal your breath away is style. The conventional exterior has undergone multiple beauty transforms. Visually, the aerodynamic appearance, sharper angles, and harmonious styling features make the crossover SUV appealing. The chrome-bordered grille is much more attractive and has really small openings, owing to the modern engine design. The headlights gleam from inside the eye-catching crystal transparent glass box but the indicators are mediocre. However, both lights is LED technology. The accented aluminum wheels and the hood, too, depict a bolder and more confident appearance. The exterior is inspired from the Volvo XC90 (Big Brother) and condensed into the smaller Volvo XC60 2017 model.
2017 Volvo XC60 – Interior
The five-seat SUV interior broadcasts a carefully planned with a lavish and well-crafted out layout. You are bound to feel as if you are sitting inside a luxurious Scandinavian cabin with carpeted floor and detailed leather seats are just in line with the competition — or perhaps just ready to beat it. The walnut inlays do not fall short in styling either. High-quality is what the crossover is aiming for, from plastics to all other materials in between. The panoramic front view and spacious cabins with lots of leg space will definitely have the prospective shopper ogling.
The seats are comfortable but it would have been much better if the company is considerate enough to focus on the lumbar adjustments for heights but they are definitely going to be perfect for long distance commute. Additionally, the package can be upgraded further to heated leather seats if you live in a cold climate. The 2017 Volvo XC60 will have more cargo space than its predecessors.
The infotainment system is a touch screen that will allow the shoppers to access controls with the flick of their fingertips rather than punching buttons and selector knobs. The system will not entirely be intuitive and it will hold some of its old-school charms. The Wi-Fi connectivity is enabled through the 3D based call system, however 2017 Volvo XC60 still is not integrated with the Android apps and Apple CarPlay.
2017 Volvo XC60 – Safety
Volvo and safety had always gone hand in hand. This still does not change even with passing years. Quite naturally, or inherently, the 2017 Volvo XC60 shone like a star at the crash tests. Various safety features are a standard, such as, an automatic emergency braking system that helps to avert low-speed accidents, windshield wipers, rain sensors, head light washers and keyless drive. The full-speed automatic braking system is limited to the technology package.
Technology package features include:
- Adaptive cruise control
- Lane-departure alerts
- Collision warning with walkers
- Autopilot that will be capable of braking, accelerating and steering the car itself
With 2017 Volvo XC60, drivers will be able to get smooth transmission, alluring exterior and stylishly comfortable interior.
2017 Volvo XC60 – Trim Levels, Price, and Release Date:
The Volvo XC60 2017 trim levels and the expected starting prices for each one of them:
- T5 Dynamic has an expected base retail price range of $40,950 (FWD) – $42,950 (AWD)
- T5 Inscription has an expected base retail price range of $40,950 (FWD) – $42,950 (AWD)
- T6 Dynamic has an expected base retail price $46,350
- T6 Inscription has an expected base retail price $46,350
- T6 R-Design has an expected base retail price $51,000
The Volvo XC60 2017 launch date is scheduled for the next year. Its first appearance is expected at the Geneva Motor Convention (2017).