Volvo’s new modular platform, the SPA, is not satisfied to underpin the XC90, the S90 and its station wagon, the V90. It will also be used in the next generation of the 60’s family, or else, the XC60, the S60 and the V60. And the next car to appear will be the XC60. Its presentation is expected for the year’s end, according to the French magazine L’Automobile. While most automakers would try to make it coincide with a major auto show, such as the Paris Motor Show scheduled for October, Volvo has presented the second generation XC90 in its headquarters, in Sweden, and it could repeat the procedure for the new XC60, one of the most successful vehicles of the brand. Even after 8 years of career.
Besides the new SPA platform, the XC60 will have the same family face already presented by the XC90 and the S90, with the Thor hammer headlights. There is no mystery regarding the engines of transmissions. All options will be based on the 2.0 4-cylinder Drive-E unit, with the 8-speed Aisin automatic transmission, but we may have some surprises.
One of them is the use of the new 3-cylinder petrol turbo engine in entry-level versions of the SUV. The other is, besides a hybrid version, such as the XC90 T8, a full-electric XC60, expected to be launched by 2019. If you consider the Tesla Model S is already for sale, that is quite late, but at least Volvo has a perspective of something to offer consumers in love with electric drive.
Since Volvo has the goal of zero deaths in its cars by 2020, autonomous driving aids will also be offered for the new XC60. In 2017, the company will offer a system that will be able to drive the XC60 by itself at speeds of up to 130 km/h, according to the French magazine.