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Volvo squeezes big ideas into the smaller XC60

The new Volvo XC60
The new Volvo XC60
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Pale materials are everywhere in the XC60
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Pale materials are everywhere in the XC60
The Sensus infotainment system in the XC60 is taken from its bigger siblings
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The Sensus infotainment system in the XC60 is taken from its bigger siblings
Volvo is pushing its premium credentials with the new XC60
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Volvo is pushing its premium credentials with the new XC60
The optional stereo system in the XC60 includes this showy dashtop speaker
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The optional stereo system in the XC60 includes this showy dashtop speaker
The rear of the XC60 leans heavily on the V90 for inspiration
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The rear of the XC60 leans heavily on the V90 for inspiration
The new XC60 launched in Geneva
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The new XC60 launched in Geneva
The R-Line XC60 gets big wheels
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The R-Line XC60 gets big wheels
In profile, the XC60 is a shrunken XC90
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In profile, the XC60 is a shrunken XC90
Volvo puts the new XC60 to the test
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Volvo puts the new XC60 to the test
The new XC60 goes through Volvo's safety testing
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The new XC60 goes through Volvo's safety testing
Crashing the new XC60
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Crashing the new XC60
The new Volvo XC60 is part of the company's push to have no deaths or serious injuries in its cars by 2020
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The new Volvo XC60 is part of the company's push to have no deaths or serious injuries in its cars by 2020
Rear seat passengers should enjoy spacious comfort in the XC60
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Rear seat passengers should enjoy spacious comfort in the XC60
The XC60 borrows heavily from the XC90 in the interior styling department
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The XC60 borrows heavily from the XC90 in the interior styling department
Behind the wheel of the new XC60
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Behind the wheel of the new XC60
Buttons are an endangered species in Volvo cabins at the moment
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Buttons are an endangered species in Volvo cabins at the moment
The XC60 will be offered with the T8 twin-engine powertrain from the XC90
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The XC60 will be offered with the T8 twin-engine powertrain from the XC90
Volvo has focused on using premium, Scandinavian materials in the XC60
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Volvo has focused on using premium, Scandinavian materials in the XC60
The Thor's Hammer motif in the headlamps of the XC60 is now standard across the Volvo range
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The Thor's Hammer motif in the headlamps of the XC60 is now standard across the Volvo range
The XC60 made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show
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The XC60 made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show
The new Volvo XC60
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The new Volvo XC60
The devil is in the detail on the new XC60
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The devil is in the detail on the new XC60
The new XC60 is also available with two diesel and two petrol engines
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The new XC60 is also available with two diesel and two petrol engines
The twin-engine powertrain in the XC60 
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The twin-engine powertrain in the XC60 
The material mix in the new XC60
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The material mix in the new XC60
The new Volvo XC60 in profile
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The new Volvo XC60 in profile
The XC60 is like a shrunken XC90 
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The XC60 is like a shrunken XC90 
There's no mistaking the XC60 for anything but a Volvo
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There's no mistaking the XC60 for anything but a Volvo
The new Volvo XC60
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The new Volvo XC60
The XC60 has the same bluff nose as the rest of the Volvo range
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The XC60 has the same bluff nose as the rest of the Volvo range
The cabin of the XC60 is very clean, with lots of straight lines and pale materials
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The cabin of the XC60 is very clean, with lots of straight lines and pale materials
Behind the wheel of the Volvo XC60
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Behind the wheel of the Volvo XC60
Details in the new Volvo XC60
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Details in the new Volvo XC60

Volvo continues its product offensive with the launch of new XC60 SUV in Geneva. The new mid-size crossover benefits from all the technologies debuted in the bigger XC90, wrapping one of the most comprehensive safety packages we've seen in a chunky, attractive body.

Like any good Volvo, the new XC60 demonstrates a pathological focus on safety. The team in Gothenburg has set itself the lofty target of having no-one killed or seriously injured in its cars by 2020, a goal it hopes to achieve by combining the latest in semi-autonomous aids with stronger, safer bodies.

Along with Pilot Assist II, which will take care of throttle, brakes and steering on the highway, the XC60 comes with auto-emergency braking and obstacle avoidance. Not only will its blind spot warning system tell the driver when there's a car just out of view, it will actively steer away from cars in the next lane if it senses the drive risks a collision when changing lanes. The car will also automatically steer itself out of oncoming traffic if the driver wanders past the median line.

The XC60 made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show
The XC60 made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show

Power will come from a range of petrol, diesel and hybrid powertrains, headlined by the T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid debuted in the XC90. With 407 hp (304 kW) on tap, it'll hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 5.3 seconds when you're in a hurry, before becoming an efficient eco-warrior when you aren't. Those who can't stretch to the T8 will be able to spec a four-cylinder diesel in 190 hp (142 kW) and 235 hp (175 kW) trims, with petrol power coming from the four-cylinder 254 hp (189 kW) T5 and the 320 hp (239 kW) T6.

On the outside, there's no mistaking the XC60 for anything but a Volvo. It looks like a shrunken XC90 from the front and in profile, while the taillights share more with the V90 wagon. We're huge fans of the look, especially with the bigger wheels and more aggressive bodykit from the R-Line package are fitted.

The family resemblance continues inside, where a focus has been placed on reducing the number of buttons on the center console. A vertical touchscreen takes care of infotainment and climate control, leaving a pleasingly clean dashboard like the one in the V90 and XC90. Although black leather and aluminum are optional, we're huge fans of the pale leather and wood combination pictured in the gallery.

Volvo hasn't released pricing information about the XC60, but the car is on show in Geneva. New Atlas is on the ground covering all the action, so stay tuned for more. If you can't wait to see more of the XC60, check out Volvo's launch film below.

Source: Volvo

Introducing The New Volvo XC60

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