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.
Volvo sales have risen for the past three years, with the growth led by the popularity of the Volvo XC90, Volvo S90 and Volvo V90. Combined sales of the 90-series models grew 125% last year compared with 2015.
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.
The new XC60 sits on Volvo’s SPA large car platform, which will underpin all of the firm’s 60 and 90 models, including the all-new S60 saloon and V60 estate that are expected early next year. The move to the new platform has allowed Volvo to make the new SUV longer, lower and wider than its predecessor, without adding weight.