2017 Geneva Motor Show LIVE: 2018 Volvo XC60 image

The Swedish automaker is continuing its assault on the premium auto market with the introduction of the all-new, second generation XC60 medium-sized crossover during the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

The new premium SUV has grown in size and apparently fits the design of the XC90 in a more compact package – with the interior being as well just as Nordic-serene and luxurious. The cockpit is completed with four-zone climate control and support for both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Production of the baby XC90, sorry all-new XC60 will start mid-April at Volvo’s Torslanda Plant in Sweden so the model might soon regain its top billing in this highly competitive segment.

The new Volvo XC60

By the way, Volvo is giving the XC60 the full powertrain treatment just like on the XC90, including the T8 Twin Engine setup – featuring a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter engine mated to an electric motor for a total combined output of 407 horsepower – this should be enough to launch the XC60 to 62 mph (100 kph) in a quick 5.3 seconds. Going against models such as the Audi Q5, BMW X3, and the Jaguar F-Pace, Volvo’s new XC60 makes use of the SPA platform just like the 90 series and comes with the exact same engines. Buyers can have the Drive-E four-cylinder engines, including the 190-hp D4 and 235-hp D5 diesels along with the 254-hp T5. In case the hybrid T8 is too much, you can also have the T6 configuration with 320 hp and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton meters.

The new Volvo XC60

More importantly, Volvo is again proving its best in terms of safety. Front and center is the optional semi-autonomous driving system that can be used on “well-marked roads” at speeds of up to 80 mph (130 kph) – taking care of acceleration, braking, and steering. There’s also new technology that can automatically brake and even steer the car if there’s an imminent danger detected – or when another car is in the driver’s blind spot.