Volvo's next mid-sized SUV has been seen in heavy disguise, but visible details reveal that its styling will draw on its XC90 sibling
Jimi Beckwith
15 December 2016

The next Volvo XC60 has been spied testing in native Sweden ahead of the new SUV's arrival in 2017.

The current XC60 has been around since 2008, making it one of the oldest models on the road, but it remains one of Volvo’s best-selling cars.

2017 Volvo XC60 review

This new XC60 will incorporate key elements of Volvo’s new design language. Despite the test car's disguise, Volvo's distinctive 'Thor's hammer' daytime running lights are visible.

 

A dominant front grille also hints at the styling direction of the next XC60, which will spearhead Volvo’s refreshed 60-series in the next stage of Volvo’s reinvention.

It’s almost certain that the model will use Volvo’s 2.0-litre diesel and petrol engines at the upper end of the line-up, but Volvo’s aggressive stance on engine downsizing means these will be the largest-capacity in the range. This means the 2.4-litre D5 engine from the current XC60 will be discontinued.

Volvo’s new T5 three-cylinder hybrid system, although not yet confirmed, is also likely to feature in the new XC60. It will make its first appearance in the XC40 at the end of next year, before being carried over to the XC60. 

Inside, the XC60 adopts many of the features of the 90-series, such as the large, central infotainment system flanked by large air vents and a digital dash display behind the steering wheel, rather than traditional dials.

When the XC60 goes on sale, which is likely to be after an appearance at the Geneva motor show and before the new XC40 arrives towards the end of 2017, it will face renewed competition from the new Audi Q5 and a new BMW X3, which is due around the same time, with the current model having been introduced in 2010.

The XC60 will also be the first model to confirm or disprove whether Volvo is planning on adopting a ‘Russian doll’ styling approach to its line-up. This early look seems to suggest styling that closely follows that of the XC90. 

Our Verdict

Volvo XC60

Volvo is justifiably proud of its different approach, and the usable, attractive XC60 is good enough to stand out in a very able compact SUV crowd

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jer

14 October 2016
Middle class family fodder with a nice interior. Hope they make the new one better to drive.

14 October 2016
Ever since they dropped the latest D4 engine in, the XC60 is everywhere again.


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15 October 2016
bomb wrote:

Ever since they dropped the latest D4 engine in, the XC60 is everywhere again.

Smart move - iterate body and engines separately. It's a good alternative to bland and common German brand offerings and iffy LR quality.

15 October 2016
I am not yet convinced since its takeover that the new models have been sufficiently well build to carry its hard earned (outdated) crown of being the strongest beast out there. Every time I see any Volvo in a minor prang I am horrified at the debris - like an F1 hitting the barrier!!

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16 October 2016
5wheels wrote:

I am not yet convinced since its takeover that the new models have been sufficiently well build to carry its hard earned (outdated) crown of being the strongest beast out there. Every time I see any Volvo in a minor prang I am horrified at the debris - like an F1 hitting the barrier!!

They are not claiming to be the "strongest" out there, but testing by various agencies around the world prove they are some of the safest, continuous improvements in crash technology has proven safety is not just about strength, but a mixture of materials and controlled deformation that provides safety, and unlike certain other brands "Renault" being one who decided to go down the safety route in Europe, but didnt bother with the developing world market, Volvo doesnt downgrade its safety due to the country its vehicles are sold in.

15 December 2016
5wheels wrote:

I am not yet convinced since its takeover that the new models have been sufficiently well build to carry its hard earned (outdated) crown of being the strongest beast out there. Every time I see any Volvo in a minor prang I am horrified at the debris - like an F1 hitting the barrier!!

Volvos have not scored below 3 stars on every safety test of every organisation around the world since independent testing began, unlike say Mercedes who always fail when a new test is introduced. If I had to crash in any car in the world, I would choose a new XC90. It has aced every safety test from every crash testing body around the world. Volvo are the only manufacturer with their own accident investigation team, who incorporate lessons learned from real world accidents in engineering of their cars. Their cars are engineered for scenarios not tested, to a standard beyond those needed to ace safety tests, a claim only Volvo can make. Witness how every manufacturer failed the IIHS small overlap crash test when it was first introduced apart from Volvo.

16 October 2016
Autocar wrote:

It’ll also be the first model to confirm or disprove whether Volvo will adopt a ‘Russian doll’ styling approach to its lineup - this early look seems to suggest styling which closely follows the XC90's.

Design chief Thomas Ingenlath has stated, all these cars won’t look entirely similar to one another. “The 90 cluster will look different from the 60 cluster and the 40 cluster. The XC90 isn’t a template to scale down to the XC60 and XC40. People are fed up with indistinguishable cars in a range.”

15 December 2016
Citytiger wrote:
Autocar wrote:

It’ll also be the first model to confirm or disprove whether Volvo will adopt a ‘Russian doll’ styling approach to its lineup - this early look seems to suggest styling which closely follows the XC90's.

Design chief Thomas Ingenlath has stated, all these cars won’t look entirely similar to one another. “The 90 cluster will look different from the 60 cluster and the 40 cluster. The XC90 isn’t a template to scale down to the XC60 and XC40. People are fed up with indistinguishable cars in a range.”

With such a small range of cars it's quite easy to make them look different. They've currently only got 2 cars in the SUV market, one of which is a seven seater, so it is easy to tell them apart.

 

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4 December 2016
The wait has been frustrating, no announcement in L.A. The competition upgraded across the board. Any idea of which quarter of 2017 we're taking?

4 December 2016
The wait has been frustrating, no announcement in L.A. The competition upgraded across the board. Any idea of which quarter of 2017 we're taking?

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