It’s been more than 8 years since XC60 first appeared in the markets and this SUV has been able to carve out a niche in the luxury SUV segment. Now, this long-appreciated SUV is reported to join the ongoing battle for fuel efficiency as 2018 Volvo XC60 Hybrid.
This upcoming hybrid variant will be based largely on the standard model and will retain most design cues which have made it successful over the years. What’s likely to be changed is the platform as SPA (Scalable Product Architecture) which is to be used this time around.
2018 Volvo XC60 Hybrid – Exterior Redesign
According to spy shots, the test model of 2018 Volvo XC60 wears heavy disguise which suggests that significant changes are on the way. The new generation change will include a refreshed front fascia as the grille will be redesigned.
Both headlights and taillights will retain the old look including the signature ‘Thor’s hammer’ styling. As there’s a heavy camouflaging in the test model’s hood, production-ready model could get new sharp aerodynamic creases. Its rear overhang along with rear bumper is expected to grow in size. Revisions might be done in the exhaust tips as well.
Interior and Safety
The interior cabin of 2018 Volvo XC60 Hybrid will be based entirely upon the standard model’s styling and layout. As this cabin offers accommodation for 5 people, the new generation XC60 Hybrid will offer an increased leg room.
New soft touch materials are to be used on the dashboard, center console, armrests and door panels. The seats and steering wheel will get industry-standard leather upholstery for a premium feel. Individual audio entertainment will be featured in every seat row and the infotainment system is to be upgraded with smartphone integration.
This new Volvo XC60 Hybrid will include several safety features as standard. Some of these include:
- Pedestrian Alert
- Active High Beam
- Park Assist Pilot
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Rear-view camera
- Multiple Airbags
- Child Safety Locks
The hybrid powertrain of 2018 Volvo XC60 Hybrid will consist of a 2.0 liter 4 cylinder turbocharged engine mated to a 60 kW electric motor. Combining the outputs of both engine and electric motor, the figures are likely to stay around 310 HP and 297 lb-ft torque.
Drivers will get the option of switching between rear-wheel drive and two-wheel drive and a 6-speed transmission will come as standard. The motor’s high-efficiency lithium-ion battery might deliver an electric drive range of 112 km (69 miles).
Price and Launch Date
Although not confirmed, this new 2018 Volvo XC60 Hybrid could come with a starting price of £33,660 ($40,779). Similarly, the dealerships will likely see this new Volvo XC60 Hybrid during the 1st quarters of 2018.