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2008-02-22 08:13
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Volvo
Model XC60
Engine 2.4-litre, inline-five turbodiesel; 3-litre, inlin
Power 122kW, 138kW; 210kW
One of Volvo's worst kept secrets, the new XC60, makes its world premier at the Geneva Motor Show on March 4.

Positioned in the competitive crossover market segment, XC60 should square off with formidable vehicles such as the new Ford Kuga, Volkswagen Tiguan, Land Rover Freelander and Toyota RAV4.

Volvo considers it the logical purchasing decision for C30 customers who are keen to buy-up to something larger and capable of fulfilling the activity lifestyle transport solution.

Characteristically Volvo styling

"This car is charged with more emotive form and more energy than any other Volvo," says Volvo Cars Design Director Steve Mattin. "We're elevating our design DNA to an entirely new level by literally turning up the visual volume. If you say that you'd recognise a Volvo from 300 feet away today, I dare say the XC60 radiates a clear Volvo presence from at least twice that distance."

Interior ambiance and detailing is characteristically minimalist and efficient in typical Swedish design language, yet retains a warm, ergonomically sound feel.

Exterior design cues include the thin S-shaped LED taillight arrangement which flows from the tailgate towards the roofline, whilst the rear window features an aggressively raked design.

A typically oversized Volvo grille adds presence to the front styling, whilst neat side creases running three-quarters up and across the door-line add flow to the flanks and round off what appears to be one of Volvo's better contemporary designs of late.

Safe, capable

The big news is city safety - a unique system that can help the driver avoid or reduce the effects of the type of low-speed impacts that are common in city traffic.

If the car is about to drive into the vehicle in front and the driver does not react, the car automatically applies the brakes. The perfect foil for those who suffer from adult attention deficit disorder behind the wheel in city traffic.

The new XC60 will be powered by a variety of engines, ranging from the powerful, turbocharged petrol T6 producing 210kW, to frugally minded D5 turbodiesel options in 122- and 138kW states of tune.

All wheel drive with instant traction is set to be standard across the range, whilst a 2.4-litre, 122kW turbodiesel - emitting just 170g of CO² per km - version with front-wheel drive only is set to the extend the market entry point downwards when it becomes available later.


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