By Stewart Smith on 2017-04-12 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
Summer debut for new
THIS is the new Volvo XC60 SUV which goes on sale in late summer with a starting price of £37,205 for the entry-level D4 AWD Momentum version.
It is the first of Volvo's mid-sized 60 series models to be built on its scalable product architecture platform first seen on the larger XC90 SUV and is powered exclusively by Volvo's Drive-E powertrains.
The new XC60 features much of the connectivity, entertainment and safety technology from the larger 90 series cars.
At launch there will be the choice of three 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engines available - the D4 and D5 PowerPulse diesels, and the T5 petrol.
A T8 Twin Engine petrol-electric plug-in hybrid will be available later in the year.
All XC60 models will come with all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard.
The D4 offers 190bhp, combined fuel consumption of up to 55.4mpg and CO2 emissions from 133g/km. The D5 has 235bhp, combined fuel consumption of 51.4 mpg and CO2 emissions of 144g/km.
The T5 delivers 254bhp, a combined fuel economy of up to 39.2 mpg and emissions from 164g/km.
Standard equipment on entry-level Momentum variants includes leather-faced upholstery, LED headlights with active high beam, two-zone climate control, heated front seats, a powered tailgate and 18-in alloys.
Volvo's city safety system is also fitted to every XC60. This includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian, cyclist and large animal detection, and the world-first application of Steer Assist which helps to avoid or limit the severity of collisions at low speeds by assisting with the steering in an emergency, such as when swerving to miss an obstacle.
Pilot Assist, Volvo's innovative semi-autonomous drive feature, is an option on every XC60. It assists with the steering at speeds up to 80 mph and takes care of the acceleration and braking required to keep the car within lane markings and at the desired cruising speed or distance from any vehicle in front.
Pilot Assist - also featured on Volvo's XC90, V90 and S90 models, is another step towards fully autonomous driving.
Jon Wakefield, managing director of Volvo Car UK, said: "We're incredibly excited about the brand-new XC60. Not only does it bring all the style and advanced technology from our larger cars to our best-selling SUV, it is the latest step in Volvo's transformation."
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