A testing mule of the new generation Volvo XC60 has been spied several times before, but this time we are looking at the prototype that uses a new shell. The best-selling nameplate of the Swedish car manufacturer is about to receive its first complete redesign, so they must pay the attention on every single detail. Thus far, the XC60 was attracting the buyers with the amazing design and Royal comfort, but the all-new 2018 Volvo XC60 will definitely surpass the predecessor.
The interesting crossover will ride on a familiar platform that is already underpinning the bigger XC90. So called SPA architecture is actually highly modular, so this won’t be the last model that uses this platform. Moreover, they will probably switch most of their cars on Scalable Product Architecture.
The 2018 Volvo XC60 will also borrow the drivetrains from the larger sibling. The base model will use a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 with 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, but in case you need more there will be also a T6 supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that’s capable to produce 316 hp and 295 lb-ft. Of course, the top trim level will use a T8 drivetrain that actually combines the T6 and an electric motor. Altogether the hybrid setup can deliver around 400 hp and 472 lb-ft. An eight-speed automatic transmission will be only available, while you will be able to choose between front- and all-wheel drive.
The new SUV will likely borrow plenty of styling cues from the XC90. The design should be clean and simple, but also dynamic and handsome at the same time. The front end receives pretty much the same treatment as the bigger brother, so there will be the stylish headlights and vertical taillights without any doubt. On the other hand, the rear hatch appears to be more pronounced than earlier, which promises more cargo space.
The interior is a place where Volvo always wins, so we are sure this will be the case with the 2018 XC60 as well. The crossover will definitely feature a huge vertical touchscreen and a rotary-dial controller. The instrument cluster will be full digitalized, which isn’t bad at all. However, the biggest news is the available autonomous driving option. We have no any further details about it, but we are absolutely positive it will be offered.
According to rumors, the next generation Volvo XC60 will be introduced sometime in 2017, most likely at the very end. The base price should start from around $42,000.