Building off the success of the updated S80 and addition of the C30, Volvo is introducing the all-new 2010 XC60. The XC, or cross country, vehicles (XC90 and XC70) from Volvo are designed to optimize performance on all road and weather condtions but offer the same safety and luxury expected from a Volvo. Built off the same chassis as Volvo’s flagship S80 sedan and the Land Rover LR2, the 2010 XC60 is a compact crossover with high levels of safety and luxury.
Like the C30, Volvo hopes that the XC60 will help attract a new breed of customers into dealership showrooms. With the XC60, Volvo hopes to tap into the growing compact crossover market with expectations to sell around 20,000 XC60s in the United States starting with the 2010 model year. Volvo touts the new XC60 as its safest vehicle yet equipped with advanced technologies such as the all-new City Safety system. Volvo’s newest vehicle should hit showrooms early in 2009.
After years of sticking with boxy designs that focused solely on safety, the all-new XC60 is arguably the best example yet of Volvo’s exterior design capabilities. Among the growing number of compact luxury crossovers, the XC60 will definitely stand out from the rest of the crowd with its bold, muscular lines. Up front, Volvo’s trade mark grille graces the front The crease that runs along the side of the XC60 starts at the headlights and runs all the way back into XC90-like taillights. The tall taillights help improve visibility by providing LED brake lights the entire length of the light. Finishing off the XC60’s distinct looks, stylish 18- or 19-inch wheels compliment the lines of the curvaceous crossover.
Inside, the XC60 offers a familiar cabin in line with Volvo’s lineup including the dual gauge instrumentation and the signature waterfall center stack. Volvo designed the interior of the XC60 to be comfortable, safe and easy to personalize. New trim colors and accent types are available to fit an individual’s personal taste. A unique highlight color available inside the XC60 is called Lemon Green. The instrument panel is available with brushed aluminum trims or two choices of wood accents. One major improvement the XC60 offers over the S80 is a fixed-screen navigation system instead of the pop-up screen that looked like an after thought on the luxury sedan. For premium sound, Volvo’s Dynaudio provides 650 watts of Dolby Digital Surround sound and can be tailored to three specific zones in the XC60: driver’s seat, front seats or rear seat.
For rear passengers, a large laminated glass panorama roof helps add an open, spacious feeling to the cabin’s atmosphere. As with the XC70 and V70, the Volvo XC60 features a 40/20/40 split rear seat with two-stage integrated child booster seats. Behind the rear seat, the XC60 can hold up to 16.9 cubic feet of cargo.
Powering the XC60 is Volvo’s turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six cylinder. This 281-horsepower T6 (as Volvo calls it) is paired with a six-speed Geartronic transmission that offers fully automatic or manual shift modes. Increasing the overall safety of the XC60, the proven Haldex all-wheel drive system is standard equipment on all models.
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