One of the most anticipated unveilings from the recent Geneva Motor Show is Volvo’s new foray into the ever-crowded compact crossover segment. Its new XC60 rides on the larger XC90’s respected Scalable Product Architecture, albeit with a more compact footprint.
Volvo has plenty of competition to contend with, as the XC60 will go head-to-head with the likes of the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Jaguar F-Pace, Mercedes GLC, and Porsche Macan, to name a just a few. But what’s clear is that at the very least the XC60 boasts the premium looks that will help it stand out from this venerable crowd.
With its uncanny resemblance to the handsome and award-winning XC90, the compact XC60 will undoubtedly find plenty of buyers. Although it borrows many styling cues from its larger brother, the design is leaner, sleeker, and all within a package that is likely to be more affordable.
Powering the XC60 will be some of the same options available in the XC90. These include a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, a turbo- and supercharged 2.0-liter T6, and a plug-in-hybrid T8 that will round out the very top of the XC60 range.
While Volvo continues to stand for safety, the brand has recently demonstrated that it can be a symbol of style and technology as well. And the brand’s newest crossover continues this trend. Nestled within the well-appointed Scandinavian interior of the XC60 is the same vertically oriented Sensus infotainment system found within the XC90. The tablet-like system is also surrounded by high-quality accents including a rich wood trim.
To support its safety credentials, the new XC60 boasts a host of innovative tech, including a new Steer Assist function, Oncoming Lane Mitigation, and Pilot Assist, Volvo’s semi-autonomous system. When the vehicle is traveling at speeds under 80 miles per hour (and on well-marked roads), Pilot Assist can handle all of the steering, acceleration and braking tasks.
With its unique blend of style, technology, and safety, the new Volvo XC60 promises to be a formidable compact luxury crossover. And with many of the same features of the larger XC90, it will surely give counterparts from Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and the like, a run for their money.