A test prototype of the next-generation XC60 has just been spotted. The spy photos confirm that Volvo’s SUV is currently in the final stages of development. The current XC60 has been one of the best-selling crossovers ever since its launch in 2008. Despite its age, this mid-size SUV is still surprisingly popular on several different markets. However, the time has come for it to receive a host of significant upgrades for the 2018 MY. Expect the 2018 Volvo XC60 to adopt a whole new platform as well as a fresh exterior styling. The latest rumors hint that the production model could make its debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.
2018 Volvo XC60 Redesign
The 2018 Volvo XC60 will ride on the company’s modular platform called the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). The same front-wheel drive platform already underpins Volvo’s 90 series. Design-wise, the mid-size XC60 will come as a downsized and more athletic version of the range-topping XC90. For instance, it will borrow the trademark headlights and taillights from its bigger brother. Unfortunately, the rest of the sheet metal is still hard to discern due to the heavy camouflage. However, it’s safe to assume that the second-gen XC60 will be one of the best-looking models in its class.
The interior design of the 2018 Volvo XC60 will also mirror what we see in the XC90. Expect the center console to feature a large vertically positioned touchscreen flanked by air vents. The center stack will get a rotary-dial controller, while the instrument cluster will be entirely digital. Needless to say, the cabin will get a host of soft-touch surfaces and convenience features. As any other Volvo, the upcoming XC60 should offer a wide variety of safety systems and advanced technology.
The base XC60 will use the familiar Drive-E four-cylinder engine that already powers numerous Volvo models. Some reports suggest that it could feature an almost identical engine lineup as its predecessor. In that case, expect the new XC60 to come standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (T5). When it comes to optional units, there will be a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter engine (T6) under its hood. Now, the turbocharged five-cylinder is not likely to carry over from the outgoing model. As for the power output, expect at least 240 hp from the T5 and more than 300 hp from the T6. Finally, the range-topping plug-in hybrid model will be offered as a T8 Twin Engine. All powertrains will probably use the same eight-speed automatic transmission.
The second-generation XC60 seems to have all it takes to outdo its highly successful predecessor. However, the new Volvo XC60 2018 will be only part of the company’s ambitious plans. Shortly after its debut, expect to see the new S60 and V60 models as well as the much anticipated 2018 XC40.