New Volvo XC60 is coming in 2017
Volvo’s next mid-sized SUV has been spotted testing but heavy disguised; styling draws from its successful XC90 sibling
The next Volvo XC60 has been spied testing ahead of its expected reveal next year.
Despite the model’s looming replacement – it’s been around since 2008, making it one of the oldest models on the road – the XC60 remains one of Volvo’s best-selling cars.
This new XC60 will incorporate Volvo’s new design policy, and you can just about make out the ‘Thor’s hammer’ daytime running lights, through the disguise.
A dominant front grille also hints at the styling direction of the next XC60, which will spearhead Volvo’s refreshed 60 Series in the next stage of Volvo’s reinvention. A Volvo spokesman couldn’t confirm or deny whether the shots show the next XC60, but wouldn’t rule out the possibility of the model’s replacement before the new XC40 arrives at the end of 2017.
It’s inevitable that the model will have Volvo’s 2.0-litre diesel and petrol engines at the upper end of the lineup, but Volvo’s aggressive stance on engine downsizing means that these will be the largest in the range. This means that the 2.4-litre D5 engine from the current XC60 will be discontinued.
Volvo’s new T5 three-cylinder hybrid system, although not confirmed, is likely to feature in the XC60. It will make its first appearance in the XC40 at the end of next year, before likely being carried over to the XC60.
Inside, the XC60 adopts many of the features of the 90 series, like the large, central infotainment system flanked by large air vents, and a digital dash display behind the steering wheel, rather than traditional dials.
When the XC60 goes on sale – likely a while after an appearance at either the Geneva, Detroit, Beijing or Shanghai motor shows – it’ll face renewed competition from the new Audi Q5, as well as a new BMW X3, which is due around the same time, having been introduced in 2010.
It’ll also be the first model to confirm or disprove whether Volvo will adopt a ‘Russian doll’ styling approach to its lineup – this early look seems to suggest styling which closely follows the XC90’s.