New Volvo XC60 SUV revealed at Geneva: specs, pictures and video

Volvo’s new Audi Q5 rival – the XC60 – breaks cover at Geneva ahead of going on sale this summer.

Volvo’s big reveal at the Geneva Motor Show is an all-new, second-generation XC60 SUV – a new five-seat 4×4 which sits underneath the large XC90 in the firm’s SUV line-up. It shares its platform and much of its styling with its bigger sibling, but Volvo has also worked in some individual character into the XC60, and is keen to pitch it as more than just an XC90 on a smaller scale.

It’s part of an SUV blitz by the Swedish marque. Following the release of the XC60, an even smaller XC40 is set to follow which will be based heavily on Volvo’s 40.1 Concept.

At the recent Geneva Motor Show Volvo’s vice-president of design, Thomas Ingenlath, told us, “I am relaxed coming out with the XC60, because it isn’t such a revolution [as the XC90 was]. But it is a big step and improvement with the new platform. I’m tempted to ask: ‘What could go wrong?’”

The driver sits lower in the XC60 than its larger brother, and the muscular-looking door creases, extended ‘Thor’s Hammer’ headlights and new grille mark out the lower, sportier SUV. It has a longer bonnet than its Audi Q5 rival, and a longer roofline.

There’s a definite family resemblance to the XC90, however, especially inside. The dashboard, seats and upholstery will all be familiar to XC90 owners; the same 8.0-inch touchscreen and 12.3-inch digital dial displays feature.

The new model is 62mm longer, 12mm wider and 14mm lower than the outgoing XC60, and the 91mm-longer wheelbase means there’s more legroom in the rear.

At launch, all models will be four-wheel drive and use an eight-speed automatic gearbox – but as with the XC90, only four-cylinder engines will be available. The range starts with the 187bhp D4 and 232bhp D5 diesels, which will make up the bulk of sales, but there will also be a T8 plug-in hybrid with 401bhp and an all-electric range of 35 miles. Finally, a T5 petrol with 251bhp will satisfy those who want more performance.

Front-wheel-drive models will be added to the line-up later, as well as a smaller T4 petrol with 197bhp and a more economical 150bhp D3 diesel.

Volvo sources have already hinted that we will see a three-cylinder motor in the XC60 at some point in the medium term, as well as a smaller-engined, more economy-focused hybrid. Air-suspension is optional on the XC60, and can be set up with driving modes for on and off-road progress.

Volvo sources have already hinted that we will see a three-cylinder motor in the XC60 at some point in the medium term, as well as a smaller-engined, more economy-focused hybrid. Air-suspension is optional on the XC60, and can be set up with driving modes for on and off-road progress.

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