Volvo is busy building the XC60 as the automobile company gears up to launch the car next year. The car was spotted in some spy pictures but it was heavily camouflaged making it difficult to spot the exterior changes.
While the company is yet to acknowledge it, it is evident that the new Volvo XC60 is designed to be the second car. The brand has planned to launch three different SUVs in the near future and when they do so, the XC60 will sit in the middle of the lineup. It will be followed by the XC40 which doesn’t have an official release date yet. The XC60 is expected to a direct rival to the Audi Q5 and is possibly going to be officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March next year.
The model is still in its early stages and the one spotted on road is just a prototype. There could be some drastic changes to its design and finish before Volvo finally sends it to production. The last iteration of the SUV can be spotted during the reveal at the Geneva expo in 2017. Some design aspects are being borrowed from the XC90 but the overall length and width of the model is compact. It is being done in such a way to offer a five seater in an affordable package to their target audience.
Volvo has always had some its proprietary stuff which includes the Thor hammer headlights. The renderings confirmed that they are going with the same headlights for the upcoming XC60 SUV combined with a familiar front grille bordered by a chrome finish. The infotainment system is portrait styled with the instrument cluster placed behind the steering wheel. It is completely digital with hardly any analog controls on it.
The XC60 is built on a smaller version of the SPA platform. The powertrains used in the model includes a 2.0-liter four-cylinder D4 diesel engine capable of delivering a total of 187 horsepower and a D5 powertrain. The latter is capable of delivering a much higher performance with 232 horsepower. After successfully launching the model, Volvo has planned to add a hybrid variant to the lineup.
The hybrid model will use a T8 twin engine plug-in hybrid system with at least 400 horsepower. It is supposed to be highly fuel efficient with 130 miles per gallon made possible by the additional electric motor. After the XC60, Volvo is set to reveal the S60 saloon, the V60 estate and a much smaller SC40 SUV.