The new Volvo XC60 starts from £37,205 in entry-level D4 AWD Momentum spec; a £4270 rise over the outgoing entry-level version of the model. Maxing out the range at £45,600 is the 250bhp D5 PowerPulse AWD R-Design Pro spec.
Prices have risen by some margin- over £4000 - but Volvo hopes to gain an edge by offering a greater amount of standard kit, and the availability of a semi-autonomous system for low speeds. Sportier R-Design models are expected to dominate UK sales ahead of the Momentum and Inscription trims. Standard equipment includes a 9” infotainment touchscreen, sat-nav, leather upholstery, LED headlights and power-operated boot lid.
The price reflects that of rivals; the Audi Q5 undercuts the Volvo by just £35 at £37,170, and both come with all-wheel drive as standard. Volvo's range has been revised for rationality, so now the XC60 is available with three 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engines, two diesel and one petrol; in three specs, Momentum, R-Design and Inscription, with Pro specs on each adding more equipment for £4000 on R-Design, £3700 on Inscription and £1800 on Momentum cars.
First deliveries are expected to take place in the third quarter of the year, with the D4 AWD R-Design expected to be the biggest-selling model, with R-Design spec across the range expected to take up 40% of sales, and cars equipped with the D4 engine are expected to take 50% of sales.
Smartphone integration, which incorporates Apple Carplay and Android Auto, and the Xenium pack - adding a powered panoramic sunroof, a surround view parking camera, and Park Assist Pilot are expected to be the most popular options.
Geneva motor show launch
The launch of the second-generation Volvo XC60 at Geneva will further accelerate the firm’s dramatic sales growth, with the all-new car set to be pitched against the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Jaguar F-Pace and Mercedes-Benz GLC in the booming mid-size SUV sector.
However, the outgoing XC60, which was launched in 2008, hinted at the potential appeal of the new model by setting a new sales record in 2016, accounting for 161,092 units of Volvo’s 534,332 total annual sales.