The XC60 is a luxury crossover SUV which has been revised back in 2014 as a 2015 model, so despite the fact it has been released back in 2008, the car is up to date with the newest technologies Volvo has to offer. However, in order to become once again as competitive as it can be, a new model is going to be released with the 2016 Volvo XC60 and unlike the current one which uses the same platform as the old Mondeo, the newer version is going to be built on the same Volvo Scalable Product Platform as the XC90 which is not only lighter but also more rigid as well as a lot more adaptable than the previous one. The new Volvo XC60 2016 has top competitors in Acura RDX, Lexus RX 350, Infiniti QX50 and Audi Q5.
2016 Volvo XC60 price
This new platform will also mean new engines, a new look as well as different external dimensions which should make the upcoming XC60 one of the best, if not the best, medium size luxury crossover. The release date has been set to be some time in the early 2016 while the production car is likely going to be released later that year. Its price will be similar to that of the current model which means that the base XC60 will cost around $37,000 while the more premium versions will go up to more than $60,000, depending on the selected option.
2016 Volvo XC60 review
Design wise, a lot is going to change about the upcoming 2016 Volvo XC60 and this is because the old design based on that of the 2007 concept is going to be discontinued completely and replaced with Volvo’s latest design scheme. Many people actually suggest that the XC60 will make use of a similar design scheme to that of the XC90 and it should be a miniature version of that car in the sense to what the Discovery Sport is to the Discovery. This would make the XC60 quite interesting in its looks and it would certainly make for a viable competitor in its segment. The front end could be carried over from the XC90 completely but the back will likely be more aggressive with new tail lights as well as new rear accents.
Inside the cabin, the new 2016 Volvo XC60 will also change quite a bit over the current model. The dashboard is going to be a lot simpler than before and just like with the XC90, it will likely only feature a massive screen on the center console which will act as the command center for the entire car. Everything else is going to be built around that screen while the climate control commands will be lower on the center console in order to be easily accessible by the driver.
New Volvo XC60 2016 specs
Engine wise, the new Volvo XC60 2016 will make use of both petrol and diesel offerings but the US model will only get the first ones. The base model will use a 2.0 liter turbocharged inline 4 with around 250 horsepower while further up the range a 2.0 liter supercharged and turbocharged inline 4 with up to 310 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque is going to be available. Both of these should make use of Volvo’s new 8 speed automatic and unlike on the previous model, front and all wheel drive should be available. The old high performance inline 6 engines are likely going to be discontinued and replaced with a more powerful hybrid which will basically be a less powerful version of that in the XC90.
In terms of diesel engines on the other hand, the 2016 Volvo XC60 will make use of a 2.0 liter diesel with either one or two turbochargers, and between 160 and 230 horsepower and up to 350 lb-ft of torque. These will provide better fuel consumption than the hybrid while being cheaper, the only downside being that none of them will be as refined as the petrol engines.