BIG, BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL: The second-generation Volvo XC60 is in Cape Town and we were allowed to have an exclusive poke around the SUV. Image: Sean Parker
Cape Town - Volvo's XC60 made its debut at the 2017 Geneva auto show earlier in March. On Tuesday (March 28), the car has been spotted in Cape Town, as part of filming for a global advertisement, ahead of its official launch in South Africa in 2018.
Wheels24's Sean Parker stumbled upon the set in the leafy suburb of Constantia, and was allowed to go behind the scenes.
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Parker said: "It looks fantastic in the metal, the car being used was draped in a white hue and features an R-design pack.
"It certainly doesn't appear as a 'smaller' XC90, which is a good thing. However, inside you'll notice (view the video below) that it borrows heavily from its larger sibling.
"I believe Volvo's interiors are up there with the best and the XC60's is no exception. Beautifully-made seats covered in a combo of leather and alcantara look helluva inviting.
The model used for filming is the twin-charged, petrol-electric hybrid T8 version with 300kW/640Nm.
We'll see the XC60 in South Africa in the second quarter of 2018, but are hoping for an international drive later this year."
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Apart from the Cape Town shoot, Volvo have also been at various locations across South Africa. The TV commercials are for different international markets such as one for Europe and one for the Americas.
Volvo SA said: "We're trying to have a common thread for location and for look and feel. Of course when the car will be launched here in South Africa next year, we'll use the same footage."
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With most drivetrains carried-over from XC90, but being notably lighter due to its size, XC60's engine range consists of the twin-charged, petrol-electric hybrid T8 version: with 300kW/640Nm with a claimed 0-100km/h of 5.3 seconds. Other engine options will include two diesels, D4 (140kW) and D5 (173kW), or two-litre petrols, either turbocharged (186kW) or twin-charged (235kW).
The new XC60 has a plethora of safety technology including: collision prevention technology, the brand’s 'city safe system' which is capable of steering and brake interventions up to 100km/h.