Volvo Showcases New XC60 In Geneva, 3 Cylinder Engines Coming

Volvo has substantially revised its best selling car, the XC60, in an effort to continue setting sales records. The XC60 accounts for about a third of Volvo sales worldwide. The new model is longer, wider, and lower but weighs the same as the previous version. The XC60 has set new sales records every year since it was first introduced 9 years ago.”We have high expectations for this car,” Hakan Samuelsson, Volvo’s CEO, told reporters at the Geneva show. “This car is a very important element of our future growth plan and for our profitability.”

Volvo XC60

The most powerful powertrain available in the XC60 is also its most fuel efficient. It uses a plug-in hybrid powertrain featuring a 320 horsepower compound turbocharged gasoline engine mated to an 87 horsepower electric motor. Customers can also opt for a gas engine alone or diesel power in selected markets.

Volvo is upping its game when it comes to electronic safety measures. The new car offers a raft of semi-autonomous functions for enhanced emergency braking, automatic steering to avoid oncoming traffic, and a lane keeping function to avoid collisions with vehicles alongside.

US customers can place an order for the new XC60 starting this June. The car will also be produced at Volvo’s Chinese manufacturing facility in Chengdu starting in the fall.

Volvo is working on creating plug-in hybrid powertrains for its smaller cars, the S40 sedan, V40 wagon, and upcoming small SUV based on the company’s Compact Modular Architecture chassis. The new powertrain will feature turbocharged and supercharged 3 cylinder engines mated to a 7 speed automatic transmission and a 73 horsepower electric motor.

Range from a 9.7 kWh battery is said to be 31 miles in the European test cycle. That should translate into a bit more than 20 miles of range using the EPA standard. The new powertrain is expected to be available next year. Volvo has plans for fully electric vehicles starting in 2019. Plans for US sales for either powertrain have not yet been announced.

Source: Automotive News


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