Volvo start testing 2018 Volvo XC60 under black camouflage as beginning next generation. Luxury SUV suffer just one facelift in 2014 since 2008 when first came out on road. Mention update brings some new safety features and small changes inside and out. The vehicle was caught in mid-2016 in the capital of the Netherlands with the same mask as 2018 Volvo V90 Cross Country. Very heavily covered design much more hidden than revealed. However, that open speculation about redesign and more wild style.
The leaders in this segment are Audi Q5 and BMW X3 who can not compete with Volvo in safety segment but in everything else can. Swedish company with the new generation wants to change that will make them much more competitive. This would naturally affect the price increase but not more than the German giants. Before going in detail let’s say test vehicle was powered 2.0 L gasoline T5 engine. On left front fender is visible square hole which can indicate plug-in hybrid powertrain. The debut is expected during 2017 at one of the three biggest European auto show.
2018 Volvo XC60 Exterior, Spy Shot
Both models announced for 2018 seen as the first test with this black panels that at least looks strange. The public perception is immediately launched a story that the company wants to hide major changes that will be under the new design language. New evolutionary design could brings wild design with redesigned body from front via side lines to rear. The situation is a little better on the back side, where we see changes at taillights. By carefully watching you will see that located little lower and won’t be quite wide as current model. On other hand zebra camouflage reveal extend upward on the edges shared with first generation.
At the end of all this could be just the bait for testing session. In that case there is nothing from new design language and can expect something similar to bigger XC90 or S90 and V90.
2018 Volvo XC60 Interior
Volvo’s new flexible SPA platform will provide more space for the cabin. By this we mean more passengers space but also more cargo space. Another thing is that designers want SUV with interior which need to be closer to the Audi and BMW offer. This again means more fresh interior than first generation. Changes may include bigger infotainment screen, fewer control buttons, new seats with fold flat option for rear seats and generally speaking refined layout.
2018 Volvo XC60 Engine
On the streets of Amsterdam has seen a prototype that drives gasoline 2.0 L T5 engine with 254 horses. The first test could be the bait but there is no reason why not see the same engine in a production model. The US market will get few four-cylinder engines with power between 140 and 320 horses. Petrol engines in certain but there is a possibility for diesel option which incidentally sure of Europe. Also the European market can get three-cylinders options.
Newest spy shot notice square hole cut into black plate on left front fender which may indicate all electric or plug-in hybrid powertrain. All electric for the new generation seems a little unrealistic but plug-in hybrid becoming more certain.
2018 Volvo XC60 Release Date, Price
Swedes have carried out a prototype of a new generation into the streets of Amsterdam at June 16, 2016. Last update was made on Geneva auto show and symbolically world 2018 Volvo XC60 debut can be in the same place in 2017. If a promotion is delayed for the second half of the year it will happen in German Frankfurt or something later in Paris auto show. Announced revolutionary design can increase price from current $36,600 to about $39,000 for entry-level XC60 model. The range-topping 2018 Volvo XC60 model could start from almost $50,000 instead current $47,200 for R-Design trim.