The reveal happened at the Geneva auto show, where the media got its first look at a compact crossover sporting cues like the “Thor’s Hammer” daytime running light design that has come to define other recent Volvos, like that larger crossover and the S90 and V90 sedan and wagon models.
Volvo’s current styling language translates well to this entry-level crossover model, which all at once makes the car look smaller and more upscale. Inside, you’ll find the same digital gauge cluster and plus-sized infotainment display used in the brand’s 90-series models.
It’s a welcome update to an aging model that nonetheless had been Volvo’s best seller in many overseas markets, though the newer XC90 had stolen its thunder in Canada. We expect this new compact to overtake its big brother here, however, given the ongoing popularity of small SUVs in North America.
Also shared with its linemates are the XC60’s new powertrains. The range starts with a T6 Drive-E four-cylinder with roughly 300 hp and a T8 plug-in hybrid gas-electric combo that Volvo says lends this utility with 407 hp and a 5.3-second acceleration sprint to 100 km/h—figures that make the XC60 among the quickest in its class.
Another powertrain expected to make it to North America is a 254-hp T5, but we’d label the D4 diesel to be sold overseas as unlikely to be offered here.
As is Volvo’s way, the new XC60 is a showcase of high-tech safety features, including a trio of active collision avoidance items we’ve already told you about. They include steering that will automatically pull the car out of harm’s way if a head-on crash is imminent and will move the car back into its lane if an inattentive driver starts to wander.
Another part of the XC60 package is Volvo’s Sensus connectivity functionality, which lets you link the car to your smartphone via an app.
Volvo says the 2018 XC60 goes into production at the company’s Torslanda, Sweden factory next month, with the first Canadian-market examples rolling into showrooms near the end of 2017.