Volvo Cars’ capable XC60 is available with four engines from the four-cylinder Drive-E powertrain family: The 306 hp petrol turbo T6, the 245 hp T5 and the turbo diesels D4 with 190 hp and D3 with 150 hp. An 8-speed automatic gearbox contributes to a refined drive and excellent fuel economy. This week, I had the opportunity to drive the 2016 XC60 T6 AWD Drive-E.
Accentuated road presence
The design team has increased the new XC60’s road presence by emphasizing its horizontal lines, which visually connects the car directly to the road. The car comes with a fully color coordinated body. The headlamps look very focused and determined, and the horizontal lines on the grille with its chrome bars emphasize the car’s width.
The XC60 is available with 20-inch wheels while keeping the same tyre profile height and ride comfort as with 19-inch wheels. There are new wheels (18” and 19”) and three new exterior colors: Magic Blue, Osmium Grey and Onyx Black.
The XC60 buyer can also specify a sport seat that retains this traditional comfort and makes a perfect addition to the in-command feel of a true driver’s car. It has great hugging side support all the way from the thighs to the shoulders, so the seat keeps the driver firmly in position when cornering at speed.
The interior detailing includes a Piano Black deco option, rotary jewel-like knobs in the centre stack and a frameless inner rear-view mirror.
Three-section rear seat
The three-split (40/20/40) rear seat and backrest offer two separate seats with an armrest in the middle, or three seats with safety belts for each occupant. The seat cushions are fixed and the backrest(s) can be individually folded.
The optional power tailgate can be opened automatically in three ways – via the remote control, by a button in the light panel or by opening the tailgate with the handle
Luxury interior package
The XC60 is available with an Inscription Package, with features a complete luxury upgrade of the interior. This includes Inscription Soft Leather upholstery, leather instrument panel, soft leather on the Inscription embroidered head rests, soft leather centre arm rest, unique floor mats and tread plates with Inscription logo.
There is also a selection of single Inscription features, such as a Linear Walnut deco inlay and 20-inch, ten-spoke Avior wheels.
The XC60 R-Design features a unique face with a dynamic, expressive nose. The DRL lights in the outer corners reinforce the low, road-hugging impression. At the rear, the unique diffuser with aero fins is flanked by the round, high-tech R-Design tailpipes. The XC60 R-Design is available with 20-inch Ixion wheels.
The sport seats come as standard in the XC60 R-Design. It features a blend of black nubuck textile and perforated leather. By blending inlays with a perforated look, black leather and contrasting stitching, the design team has created an R-design interior with all the details in perfect harmony, crowned by the black headliner.
VOLVO OCEAN RACE EDITION
The XC60 is also available in a sailing-inspired Volvo Ocean Race Edition. The model is available in four colours – Ocean Blue II, Bright Silver, Crystal White and Onyx Black (new colour) and features the unique seven-spoke, 18-inch ‘Portunus’ wheel.
The Volvo Ocean Race identification is displayed on the tread plates and front fenders as well as in the start-up sequence on the Infotainment screen. The interior features black or blond leather upholstery with orange stitching and the Volvo Ocean Race logo in orange. The stitching is echoed on the door panels and floor mats, which also have a special rubber tag attached. There is a unique deco inlay, and the load cover is decorated with a Volvo Ocean Race map and logo.
CHASSIS & POWER TRAINS
Driver in command
The refined XC60 has a commanding driving position supported by generous ground clearance and the class-leading chassis. The XC60 is designed to feel every bit as nimble and agile as a standard height road car.
Corner Traction Control comes as standard. This torque vectoring system helps the driver avoid understeer by applying just the right amount of brake force to the inner wheels while powering the outer wheels when accelerating out of a corner.
With All Wheel Drive, the XC60 becomes an extremely capable vehicle on any road, in any kind of weather. The optional Hill Descent Control boosts this capability by automatically controlling the car’s speed when driving down steep slopes.
Stiffer R-Design chassis
The XC60 R-Design chassis is stiffer than the standard car and has more dynamic driving properties – without compromising ride comfort. The shock absorber springs and anti-roll bars are adjusted and tuned to be firmer and more balanced. The result is improved control and a sportier, road-hugging drive.
The T6 Drive-E engine has an output of 306 hp and 400 Nm of torque. The engine features a class-leading combination of a compressor and a turbo charger. Using the supercharger to fill in the bottom end gives the engine a big, naturally aspirated feel. The mechanically linked compressor starts to function immediately at low revs, while the turbocharger kicks in when the airflow builds up. Fuel consumption with new 8-speed automatic is 7.0 l/100 km (163 g/km) in the XC60.
T5 with 245 hp
The four-cylinder Drive-E engine T5 has 245 hp and 350 Nm of torque. Fuel consumption with new 8-speed automatic is 6.7 l/100 km (157 g/km) in the XC60. There is also an All Wheel Drive version of the XC60, a 2.5-litre T5 engine with 254 hp.
D5 now with 220 hp
The five-cylinder D5 turbo diesel now has 220 hp and 420 Nm (420 man, 440 aut) of torque. The XC60 D5 with manual gearbox and All Wheel Drive has fuel consumption at 5.2 l/100km (CO2 emissions at 137 g/km). The equivalent figures with the automatic are 5.7 l/100 km (149 g/km).
The XC60 is also available in All Wheel Drive configuration with two versions of the five-cylinder engine D4, one with 190 hp and 420 Nm of torque and the other with 163 hp and 420 Nm.
D4 now with 190 hp
The D4 Drive-E turbo diesel now comes with 190 hp and 400 Nm of torque. The engine features world-first i-ART technology that helps to cut fuel consumption. By featuring pressure feedback from each fuel injector instead of using a traditional single pressure sensor in the common rail, i-ART makes it possible to continuously monitor and adapt fuel injection per combustion in each of the four cylinders. Fuel consumption in an XC60 D4 with manual gearbox is down to 4.5 l/100 km, translating into CO2 emissions at 117 g/km. Fuel consumption with new 8-speed automatic is 4.7 l/100 km (124 g/km).
The XC60 is also available with the 4-cylinder D3 Drive-E with 150 hp and 350 Nm of torque.
Adaptive Digital Display
The Adaptive Digital Display uses an active TFT (Thin Film Transistor) crystal display to bring the driver personalised information. There are three themes to choose from: Elegance, Eco and Performance.
The Digital Display theme colours are also echoed in the connected infotainment system Sensus Connect. It features a user interface with a number of innovative functions offering customers a fully connected experience.
The cloud-based services allow the driver to find and pay for parking from the car, discover new restaurants at the destination, stream favourite music seamlessly and much more. The driver can also have text messages read out aloud without taking hands off the wheel.
The brand new app Connected Service Booking is only the first step in making the dealer workshop fully integrated into the digital eco-system. The car will not only tell the driver when it’s time for service but also suggest an appointment at the Volvo dealership.
The Bluetooth mobile phone service allows hands-free phone conversations as well as music streaming from a preferred Bluetooth enabled portable music player.
Sensus – always on call
One of the most widely appreciated features related to the Sensus offer, Volvo On Call, allows Volvo drivers to communicate directly with their car via a smartphone application to lock, unlock, check fuel levels, pre-heat, pre-cool, locate and check mileage on the car.
For 2015 Volvo On Call will be updated, adding a completely new graphical user interface, enhanced send to car capabilities, diagnostics views and smartwatch support for Android Wear, Apple Watch, iPad support and also voice control via Cortana for Windows Phone.
Premium Sound system
The Sensus family also includes a top-of-the-line Premium Sound system with a 5x130W amplifier with the next-generation sound enhancement software Dirac Live and up to 12 loudspeakers, including a long-throw woofer for enhanced bass, soft dome tweeters for soft highs and large mid-range centre and door speakers.
With the Premium Sound system by Harman Kardon the driver can enjoy an immersive sound stage with improved bass performance, while being able to turn up the volume with full audio clarity.
Heated steering wheel and paddle shifters
To give drivers in cold climate extra comfort, three-spoke steering wheels can be specified with electric heating. Cars with automatic transmission can get paddle shifters that give the driver the opportunity to shift gear manually with both hands on the wheel. Cars equipped with a rain sensor can also get an electrically heated windscreen for rapid de-icing on cold winter days.
SAFETY AND SUPPORT
IntelliSafe, Volvo’s blanket name for all active safety systems, is an important part of the driver-centric approach in the XC60.
Permanent high beam with groundbreaking technology
The Active High Beam Control eliminates the need to switch between low and high beam. Instead, Active High Beam Control makes it possible keep the headlights on high beam continuously.
When another car approaches from the opposite direction, the system helps to prevent dazzling of the oncoming driver by shading out only as much of the beam as necessary. This is done by an ingenious projector module mechanism integrated into the headlamp. The same benefit applies to drivers in preceding cars.
Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection technology
New advanced software, including more rapid vision processing, made it possible to extend Volvo Cars’ detection and auto brake technology to cover certain cyclist situations as well.
The Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with full auto brake is equipped with an advanced sensor system that scans the area ahead. If a cyclist heading in the same direction as the car suddenly swerves out in front of the car as it approaches from behind and collision is imminent, there is an instant warning and full braking power is applied.
The technology also detects if a pedestrian steps out into the road in front of the car. If the driver does not respond in time, the car can warn and automatically activate the brakes.
City Safety – active up to 50 km/h
The XC60 features a City Safety system that is active at speeds up to 50 km/h. The car automatically brakes if the driver fails to react in time when the vehicle in front slows down or stops – or if the car is approaching a stationary vehicle too fast.
Cornering Light for better visibility
Another innovative option for driving in the dark is the low-speed Cornering Light feature. As an extension of the current Active Bending Light system, it lights up the area the driver is steering towards for safer manoeuvring.
Blind Spot Information System – for better visibility
The XC60 offers a radar-based Blind Sport Information System (BLIS). The technology can monitor and alert the driver to rapidly approaching vehicles up to 70 m behind the car. Of course it still informs the driver about vehicles in the blind spots on both sides.
Cross Traffic Alert – covering your back
Cross Traffic Alert uses the radar sensors at the rear end of the car to alert the driver to crossing traffic from the sides when reversing out of a parking space. This is especially helpful in tight and crowded areas where the side view might be limited due to infrastructure, vegetation or other parked cars.
Road Sign Information – an extra “eye” on the traffic environment
Road Sign Information supports the driver by displaying road signs in the instrument display. Road Sign Information can be combined with the Speed Alert function, which provides the driver with a visual warning in the speedometer if the speed limit is exceeded.
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