Unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March, the Volvo XC60 is all set to be launched in the Indian Market by the end of 2017. The Swedish automaker has confimed that the SUV will be assembled at Volvo’s Bangaluru unit. XC60 is designed based on Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture (SAP) platform and also features a radar-based safety system, the second automobile in India to feature the same. With the XC60, Volvo has also emphasized on enhancing the driving experience using technology.

 

Design

The stylish design tactfully hides the marginal increase in the SUV’s length and width, and marginal decrease in its height and in fact makes it look more compact. The elegance is further complemented with vertical taillight LEDs to make the X60 more charismatic at night.

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Engine

Volvo plans to launch several editions of XC60 internationally. But the Swedish automaker plans to launch XC60 initially with a D5 diesel engine in India. It will supplement the 235hp and 2.0-litre D5 diesel engine with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The engine is designed to boost the performance of the new car and make it score over competitors. Volvo will subsequently launch new editions of the XC60 with a 320hp T6 petrol engine and 407hp T8 Twin-Engine petrol-hybrid engine.

 

Interior

The cabin has been redesigned, making the XC60 look mature yet understated. The entire interior of the SUV is designed with strips of matte open-pore driftwood. The rear seatback is angled to keep the driver comfortable on long drives and there is additional space and legroom at the back of the cabin.

 

Accessories/Equipments

In line with its heritage, the XC60 is also designed with a huge range of accessories and gadgets. Large 19-inch alloy wheels, air suspensions, Nappa leather upholstery, and a heads-up display that allows drivers to access internet connectivity, music, in-car tech, and trip information almost instantly make driving this a pleasure.

 

Robust Safety Features

XC60 scores over other automobiles available in the Indian market in terms of safety and security. It allows drivers to choose from four distinct driving modes – eco, comfort, off-road and dynamic – according to the terrain. Also, it is the second SUV in India which uses the radar-based safety system. The radar-based safety system has the capability to detect obstructions automatically. It also allows drivers to avail of a co-pilot system and city safety features.

 

Ex-Showroom Price

Style, safety and brand value obviously come at a price. While the price of the upcoming car will be impacted by GST, as of now Volvo is expected to set the price at around Rs 52 – 55 lakhs.

Planning to capitalise on the post-Diwali cheer, Volvo is set to launch XC60 in India after the festive season. To some, it might look counter-intuitive but analysts believe the post-Diwali launch will in fact create anticipation amongst auto enthusiasts, who will postpone their traditional Diwali purchase and wait for the launch.

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