Volvo – Automobile Magazine http://www.automobilemag.com No Boring Cars! | Reviews, Auto Shows, Lifestyle Thu, 27 Jul 2017 23:39:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Report Says Polestar Considering a 600-Horsepower Coupe http://www.automobilemag.com/news/report-polestar-plans-600-hp-coupe/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/report-polestar-plans-600-hp-coupe/#respond Fri, 14 Jul 2017 15:30:28 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1175859 Last month Volvo announced that its Polestar division would branch off into its own separate brand dedicated to high-performance electrified vehicles. Now, one report claims that Polestar’s inaugural model will be a 600-hp coupe. According to Autocar, Polestar is considering a 600-hp coupe with a hybrid powertrain and lots of carbon fiber. To achieve that target,...

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Last month Volvo announced that its Polestar division would branch off into its own separate brand dedicated to high-performance electrified vehicles. Now, one report claims that Polestar’s inaugural model will be a 600-hp coupe.

According to Autocar, Polestar is considering a 600-hp coupe with a hybrid powertrain and lots of carbon fiber. To achieve that target, the coupe would need to make quite a bit more power than current models. Recently, Polestar was able to tune the XC60 and XC90 plug-ins to produce about 420 hp, making them the most powerful road-going Volvos ever.

In addition to the coupe, Polestar is looking into the possibility of a second standalone model, although the identity of that car remains unknown. But there are clues that Polestar’s new cars will borrow quite a bit from Volvo’s existing models.

“Polestar will enjoy specific technological and engineering synergies with Volvo Cars and benefit from significant economies of scale as a result of its connection to Volvo,” the automaker said in a statement. “These synergies will allow it to design, develop and build world-beating electrified high-performance cars.”

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of a 600-hp Polestar car. A year ago, we learned Polestar wanted to bring out 600-hp hybrid versions of the S90 and V90.

Creating its own bespoke vehicle could give Polestar the boost it needs against Mercedes-AMG, BMW M, and Audi RS. The high-powered Polestar coupe could debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September.

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Polestar Ramps Up Volvo XC60 to 421 Horsepower http://www.automobilemag.com/news/polestar-ramps-volvo-xc60-421-hp/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/polestar-ramps-volvo-xc60-421-hp/#respond Tue, 11 Jul 2017 00:52:42 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1174983 Polestar has optimized the Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid to deliver 421 horsepower, making it the most powerful Volvo ever along with the Polestar version of the XC90 plug-in. Despite the extra 21 hp, Polestar says its XC60 plug-in hybrid maintains the same pure electric range as the standard model. To improve performance, Polestar adjusted the engine...

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Polestar has optimized the Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid to deliver 421 horsepower, making it the most powerful Volvo ever along with the Polestar version of the XC90 plug-in.

Despite the extra 21 hp, Polestar says its XC60 plug-in hybrid maintains the same pure electric range as the standard model. To improve performance, Polestar adjusted the engine for more power and torque in the mid-range. It also made the XC60’s transmission shifts faster and optimized the shift points to enhance mid-range engine performance.

Volvo’s performance partner since 1996 offers a number of optimized Volvos, including the XC60’s stablemates, the S60 and V60. Two years after Volvo bought Polestar Performance, the tuning company announced it would become its own separately branded high-performance company dedicated to electrified vehicles. This announcement came just before Volvo vowed to stop producing vehicles that run only on gasoline, moving toward an electrified future.

The Polestar XC60 plug-in retains the Volvo warranty. Other than the T8 plug-in hybrid model, Polestar offers other high-performance versions of the XC60 around the globe, including the T5 and T6 gas models and D4 and D5 diesel models.

The 2018 Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid for the U.S. combines a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine to an electric motor for a total system output of 400 hp. It goes on sale here this fall.

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Volvo Goes All-Electrified http://www.automobilemag.com/news/volvo-goes-electrified/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/volvo-goes-electrified/#respond Thu, 06 Jul 2017 22:03:53 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1174084 The headline “Volvo Cars to go all electric” is a bit misleading. “Volvo Cars get electrified,” though not nearly as elegant, might be a better way to put it. Between 2019 and 2021, Volvo will launch three standard battery-electric vehicles plus two high-performance Polestar models, which will “be supplemented by a range of petrol and...

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The headline “Volvo Cars to go all electric” is a bit misleading. “Volvo Cars get electrified,” though not nearly as elegant, might be a better way to put it. Between 2019 and 2021, Volvo will launch three standard battery-electric vehicles plus two high-performance Polestar models, which will “be supplemented by a range of petrol and diesel plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid 48-volt options on all models,” CEO Hakan Samuelson said.

Over in Silicon Valley, Volvo’s announcement has helped pull Tesla’s stock down like Wile E. Coyote tied to an anvil, from a high less than two weeks ago of $386.99, to $312.60, as I write this. Tesla’s market cap has once again slipped below General Motors’, with a share value about 13 percent lower than that all-time high from last month. [In CEO Elon Musk’s defense, he once said he didn’t understand why Tesla’s stock was so highly valued, either.]

Tesla’s slide began before the July 4 weekend when a Goldman Sachs analyst slashed the stock’s six-month price target to $180, according to CNBC. Six months from now, according to Musk, Tesla will be building at least 20,000 Model 3s per month on its way to an earlier promise of 500,000 units for calendar year 2018. Musk has yet to identify a second assembly plant to help meet these goals, though rumors of a Chinese production partner, if they come to fruition, could put the fledgling automaker in a similar position as Geely’s Volvo.

Samuelsson’s announcement comes as no surprise to those of us who have been following Volvo’s post-Ford strategy closely. A few years ago, I wrote that Volvo would have to find a new marketing message beyond its decades-old safety image as part of its resurrection.

Pretty much the first thing Volvo did when Ford sold the Swedish company to Geely in 2010 was announce that no new engine would have more than four cylinders, even for its big SUVs and sedans. By now, Volvo has cycled out its V-6 engines, and some upcoming CMA-platform models will be powered by 1.5-liter three-cylinder engines based on its latest-generation 2.0-liter turbo and turbo/supercharged four gas engines, though it’s unclear whether any three-banger Volvos will come to the U.S. market. Diesels, which Volvo continues to sell elsewhere, won’t.

Volvo is sharing the CMA small-car platform with Geely’s new brand, Lynk & Co, which could sell the three-bangers in the U.S. some time in the future.

All these new SPA-platform (S60 and larger) and CMA models have been designed from the get-go to accommodate optional hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains, and the longitudinal-engine-like dash-to-axle proportions of the Volvo XC90, S90, and V90 make room for hybrid-electric hardware to fit between their transverse-mounted engines and firewalls.

Now, Volvo can claim that electrification will be standard, not an option, beginning little more than one U.S. model year away. Electrification at Volvo also means 48-volt “mild hybrid” systems, which already have hit the French roads in the new Renault Scenic and Grand Scenic. Other automakers, mostly those with large luxury models, will be joining the switch to 48 volts about the same time as Volvo, but Samuelsson’s company gets the glory for announcing it first, and thus by being first to claim (after Tesla, anyway) that everything soon will be electrified.

Major automakers will begin switching to 48 volts by the end of the decade because the systems can boost fuel efficiency by 20 percent. This would be a chief tool in helping automakers reach the 2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards imposed by the Obama administration, and the Trump administration’s more automotive-friendly position on the standards won’t trigger retrenchment on this technology, though it could mean automakers take longer to add 48-volt systems to cheaper high-volume models. The investments already are there. Volvo’s advantage is that its commitment to no- or low-emissions, and higher fuel-efficiency models begun after Geely’s purchase now is paying off with a full slate of new models at precisely the right time. Who can blame them for making a big deal about it now?

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All Volvos Will Have an Electric Motor by 2019 http://www.automobilemag.com/news/every-volvo-will-electric-motor-2019/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/every-volvo-will-electric-motor-2019/#respond Wed, 05 Jul 2017 16:42:48 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1173665 It won’t be long before Volvo stops offering pure gasoline-powered cars. By 2019, the automaker will only launch EVs, hybrids, and mild hybrid vehicles. “This is about the customer,” said Volvo Cars CEO Håkan Samuelsson in a release. “People increasingly demand electrified cars and we want to respond to our customers’ current and future needs.” Moving...

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It won’t be long before Volvo stops offering pure gasoline-powered cars. By 2019, the automaker will only launch EVs, hybrids, and mild hybrid vehicles.

“This is about the customer,” said Volvo Cars CEO Håkan Samuelsson in a release. “People increasingly demand electrified cars and we want to respond to our customers’ current and future needs.”

Moving away from a lineup dominated by pure gas and diesel cars represents a big change for the automaker, which hasn’t yet launched a fully electric vehicle. To make up for lost time, Volvo will introduce five EVs between 2019 and 2021, three of which will be Volvo models and two of which are destined for the high-performance Polestar brand. Although we don’t know much else about Volvo’s plans, we do know the first Volvo EV goes on sale in 2019 and will sit on the Compact Modular Architecture designed for electrification.

In addition to five EVs, Volvo will offer a range of gas and diesel plug-in hybrids throughout the lineup. Mild hybrid cars will also be available, although the timeline surrounding the introduction of these vehicles is unclear.

By 2025, Volvo plans to have sold a cumulative total of 1 million electrified vehicles, just one of the automaker’s ambitious goals for the coming decade. With the help of new autonomous driving features, the automaker vows to end all deaths and serious injuries in its vehicles by 2020.

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Volvo Spins Off Polestar, Which Will Build Electrified Performance Cars http://www.automobilemag.com/news/volvo-polestar-spinoff-electrified-performance-cars/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/volvo-polestar-spinoff-electrified-performance-cars/#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:35:31 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1170525 Volvo’s in-house performance arm, Polestar, will become its own separately branded electrified high-performance car company, the automaker announced today. Volvo’s Senior Vice President of Design, Thomas Ingenlath, will become Polestar’s new Chief Executive Officer. “Thomas heading up the Polestar organization shows our commitment to establishing a truly differentiated stand-alone brand within the Volvo Car Group,”...

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Volvo’s in-house performance arm, Polestar, will become its own separately branded electrified high-performance car company, the automaker announced today. Volvo’s Senior Vice President of Design, Thomas Ingenlath, will become Polestar’s new Chief Executive Officer.

“Thomas heading up the Polestar organization shows our commitment to establishing a truly differentiated stand-alone brand within the Volvo Car Group,” said Volvo president and CEO Håkan Samuelsson, in a release.

Jonathan Goodman, Volvo’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications, will join Ingenlath at Polestar as the company’s Chief Operating Officer.

Volvo started working with Polestar in motorsports in 1996 and bought it in July of 2015. Once the two companies separate, Polestar can brand its own vehicles without a Volvo badge. Additionally, the high-performance brand will assist Volvo in creating Polestar-branded performance packages for the automaker’s vehicle lineup. Volvo currently sells Polestar versions of the S60 and V60 (pictured below). Polestar versions of the S90 and V90 have been rumored to be in development, reportedly packing a hybrid system producing as much as 600 hp.

Volvo is not the only one benefiting from this as Polestar will continue to have access to the Swedish automaker’s technology and manufacturing expertise. The goal of this collaboration is for the development and production of world-leading electrified high-performance cars.

“Polestar will be a credible competitor in the emerging global market for high performance electrified cars. With Polestar, we are able to offer electrified cars to the world’s most demanding, progressive drivers in all market segments,” said Mr. Samuelsson.

Expect Polestar to release more information on its commercial plans and products later this year.

 

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Nurburgring Lap Record Set by Volvo S60 Polestar Kept Secret for a Year http://www.automobilemag.com/news/volvo-s60-polestar-set-secret-nurburgring-record-last-year/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/volvo-s60-polestar-set-secret-nurburgring-record-last-year/#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 22:17:05 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1163898 Here’s a first: a manufacturer set a Nurburgring lap record and didn’t immediately brag about it. In fact, it kept the record secret for about a year. That just-announced record, a 7:51.110 lap time for the fastest four-door roadgoing sedan, was set about a year ago, shortly after the 2016 WTCC Race of Germany. The...

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Here’s a first: a manufacturer set a Nurburgring lap record and didn’t immediately brag about it. In fact, it kept the record secret for about a year. That just-announced record, a 7:51.110 lap time for the fastest four-door roadgoing sedan, was set about a year ago, shortly after the 2016 WTCC Race of Germany.

The record-setting lap was ran while Cyan Racing was testing both race and road cars for the sake of development. The bright blue sedan surprised the team when it clocked in its record-setting time, which bests the F10 BMW M5’s by four seconds, and the two-door M4’s by one.

According to Volvo, the time was kept dark for confidentiality surrounding its racing program and the fact that the Swedes apparently aren’t prone to braggadocio. It’s also likely because Porsche obliterated this time just weeks later with the new Panamera Turbo, claiming a 7:38 lap time. Then, not long after that, Alfa Romeo kicked the door in and recorded a 7:32 lap in the new Giulia.

Still, it is an incredibly impressive achievement for Volvo. The S60 Polestar is fast, but the 2.0-liter twin-charged four-banger puts down 362 hp and 347 lb-ft of torque, a substantial deficit compared to the competition from Germany. Couple that with Volvo’s relative newcomer status in the performance sedan game and this brief, secret record is pretty nifty.

Check out the 2017 Volvo S60 Polestar crack around the ‘Ring in the video below.

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First Drive: 2018 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2018-volvo-xc60-t6-awd-review-first-drive/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2018-volvo-xc60-t6-awd-review-first-drive/#respond Tue, 23 May 2017 13:34:37 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1162829 BARCELONA, Spain – The first half of this decade was not an easy one for Volvo. The Swedish automaker managed an ownership transition from Ford to China’s Geely, weathering a product pipeline that dried up for several years following the 2010 launch of the second-generation S60 sedan (and V60 wagon). That car, along with the first-generation XC60, which...

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BARCELONA, Spain – The first half of this decade was not an easy one for Volvo. The Swedish automaker managed an ownership transition from Ford to China’s Geely, weathering a product pipeline that dried up for several years following the 2010 launch of the second-generation S60 sedan (and V60 wagon). That car, along with the first-generation XC60, which remained a strong seller despite its advancing age, kept Volvo’s U.S. business quietly humming until the next generation of vehicles based on the new Scalable Product Architecture arrived.

First to arrive was the second-generation XC90 SUV, which we named one of our 2016 All-Stars. Second was the S90 sedan, which snagged a 2017 All-Stars trophy along with our 2017 Design of the Year one. And now comes the third act, the 2018 Volvo XC60.

Despite sharing the same basic platform and range of powertrains, available technologies, and basic styling cues, the XC60 cuts a much different silhouette than the larger XC90.

A notable difference is the XC60’s faster A-pillar, which allowed Thomas Ingenlath and his crack design cadre to visually lengthen the smaller SUV’s physically shorter hood by giving it a more tapered look. The greenhouse is just about the only thing reminiscent of the outgoing XC60, its chrome-outlined shape rising with a delicate kink above the rear fender and terminating in a stylish teardrop at the D-pillar. The tall taillights also remain, but are spiffed up with LEDs and a sharp inward extension that stretches across the tailgate and comes to rest on the hexagonal license-plate surround. Overall it’s a simple, tasteful design that we expect will age gracefully. Only the Jaguar F-Pace is as handsome-looking.

Engine choices are no surprise, as the T5, T6, and T8 variants mimic what we already know (and love) from the XC90. Base duty goes to the T5 and its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, good for 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque — essentially on par with what all the other usual suspects, save Jaguar and its Ingenium diesel, serve up.

The T6 is next, with 316 hp and 295 lb-ft from its supercharged and turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The same engine combines with a pair of electric motors and a lithium-ion battery in the T8 to make a total of 400 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque. All versions will be all-wheel drive, although a front-wheel-drive T5 will be added later on.

Physically, the 2018 XC60 4.3 inches wider and 3.6 inches longer than its predecessor. It’s also a whole 4.3 inches wider than before and just a half-inch narrower than the XC90. Despite these gains, the XC60 essentially weighs the same.

As we meander through Catalonia cheekbone-deep in cushioned leather and silver-white Scandinavian wood, semi-autonomous Pilot Assist leading the way forward confidently enough for us to admire the rows of wine and olive fields in the craggy shadow of the Montserrat mountains, the XC60 proves a spacious and comfortable place to be. Because the new XC60’s engine bay only needs to fit a transverse-mounted four-cylinder, engineers were able to push the dashboard forward and increase passenger volume, helping create an open and airy environment, especially in the back seat. Despite the extra size, cargo capacity actually shrinks by about 4 cubic feet.

The XC60 T6 we sampled in Catalonia was able to get out of its own way with surprising eagerness, but it was the crossover’s overhauled chassis that stole the show on the sweeping highways, tight roundabouts, and cyclist-filled twisting mountain lanes outside of Barcelona.

Just as Volvo chassis engineer and head of dynamics Per Ola Fuxin promised, the XC60 is decidedly more agile than the XC90 and exhibits none of the outgoing XC60’s unwanted body roll. The biggest contributor here is the upgraded suspension, which uses front struts instead of control arms up front and a new aluminum composite transverse leaf spring instead of coil springs at the rear as standard. Smoothing things out further still on our tester was the optional air suspension, which can be fitted for $1,800.

On ultra-smooth freeways, the suspension is calm and floaty, offering a feeling of control and fluidity during high-speed lane-changes. The electric power steering, driver-selectable but also variable depending on speed, takes on somewhat unnatural heft off center — nothing terribly upsetting for your average commute, but somewhat lackluster when the road turns twisty. Generous front-end grip and a totally unflappable stability make it downright easy to hustle the XC60 through corners, but the very quick steering is a touch too fidgety and high-strung to really beg for hard driving in pursuit of pleasure, and could use a more progress build-up as it turns toward full lock. The BMW X3, Jaguar F-Pace S, and, first and foremost, the Mercedes-AMG GLC43 are more willing playmates. On the plus side, the Swede’s powertrain is punchy despite a little roughness under heavy provocation, and the eight-speed automatic is always in the correct gear.

Our Inscription-trim tester came loaded with tech as well delicate Scandinavian-inspired details that would do Gunnar Asplund proud. Straked silver “driftwood” inlays give a coolness to the interior, flowing across the dashboard within the gentle curves of aluminum brightwork. Even if the outright sumptuousness of the XC90 Inscription isn’t quite there, the effect is fully preserved.

All of the major upgrades from the XC90 are available, most notably the Bowers and Wilkins sound system ($3,200) and Luxury Seat Package with nappa leather-lined heated and cooled seats with massage and a heated steering wheel ($3,000). Our tester also had the Advanced Package with LED lighting, a 360-degree camera, and head-up display ($1,900); Vision Package with blind-spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, and park assist ($1,100); and Convenience Package with adaptive cruise control, keyless entry, and heated wiper blades that distribute cleaning fluid from the arm directly to the blade, instead of spraying on the windshield and blurring the view ($3,000).

The take rate for the XC90 Inscription has exceeded Volvo’s anticipated 40-percent mark that the company has had to reevaluate how it allocates production to meet customer demand. XC60 customers, however, are a different breed comprised mainly of young families or empty-nesters rather than established families in the thick of hockey practice and movie-theater runs, so it’s not yet clear if the Inscription have the same popularity. Nevertheless, this unique display of Scandinavian elegance that might be the XC60’s biggest selling point compared with the sober Audi Q5 or the more exuberant Mercedes-Benz GLC.

Whether the base Momentum is more within the budget, or the sporty R-Design is just too fly to let slip, there’s a good case for each trim and enough packages to spec out your XC60 as desired. Even non-Inscription models offer key features like the vertical 8.9-inch Sensus touchscreen, which has been mildly updated with larger text in key areas and some simplified interfaces according to customer feedback. Another clever feature are the slots underneath the rear seats for stowing tablets, so they don’t become flying projectiles in a crash.

Speaking of safety, every 2018 XC60 comes standard with a long list of features like lane-keep assist, automatic braking after an accident, run-off road mitigation (seats specifically designed to reduce the risk of spinal injury in the event of running off the road into a ditch), and collision avoidance with object detection.

This last one we ended up testing totally by accident, after some glare and dappled shade distracted us from the scooter rider who popped out of his parking spot. The system not only automatically engaged the brakes a half-second before our foot hit the pedal, but the alert system was not the least bit jarring considering its effectiveness. Kudos, Volvo.

New on the 2018 XC60 is Oncoming Lane Mitigation, which can steer you out of the way of oncoming traffic if you veer out of your lane, as is a feature that will steer you clear of a vehicle coming up from the rear in the lane over, should you drift toward it.

Standard on the 2018 Volvo XC60 is Pilot Assist, which allows the car to take control of accelerating, braking, and to a certain degree, steering. Volvo is extremely keen to point out that this is an assist system, not an autonomous one, and the car will alert you to take control if you lay off the steering wheel for several seconds. Overall, it works just as well as the similar optional system in the Mercedes-Benz E-Class — that is to say, it helps reduce the strain and stress of commuting or long road trips rather than working as a replacement for a flesh and blood human.

Anyone who’s been to Sweden knows about the extra-long summer days and depressingly dark winters, but the XC60 is a sign Volvo is entering the season of the former. A worthy follow-up to the almost unanimously loved XC90 and stylish S90, the XC60 is a compelling alternative with the technology, luxury, and class to keep everyone else on their heels. Priced right where it left off, at $42,495 to start for the XC60 T5 (the T6 start at $45,895), it’ll compete right in the heart of the market, and with more standard fare than most of its segment rivals.

16,600 people have already raised their hands for an XC60, which is right in line with where early demand for the XC90 hovered on its respective timeline. With a new S60 sedan and V60 wagon soon to follow, Volvo’s patience — even during its darkest days earlier this decade — is looking to pay off in a big way.

2018 Volvo XC60 T6 Specifications

ON SALE August 2017
PRICE $45,895
ENGINE 2.0L DOHC turbocharged and supercharged 16-valve I-4/316 hp @ 5,700 rpm, 295 lb-ft @ 2,200-5,400 rpm
TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic
LAYOUT 4-door, 5-passenger, front-engine, AWD SUV
EPA MILEAGE TBD
L x W x H 184.6 x 78.7 x 65.3-66.9 in
WHEELBASE 112.8 in
WEIGHT 4,045 lb
0-60 MPH 5.4 sec (T6)
TOP SPEED N/A

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Volvo XC40 Interior Caught Uncovered While Testing http://www.automobilemag.com/news/spied-volvo-xc40-interior-caught-uncovered/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/spied-volvo-xc40-interior-caught-uncovered/#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 17:21:11 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1162694 Our spy photographers recently spotted the Volvo XC40 out testing before its anticipated debut later this year. Despite the heavily camouflaged exterior, the photographers hit the jackpot by catching the XC40’s interior largely uncovered. Judging from these photos, the XC40 will take after its older siblings inside the cabin. Like the XC60 and XC90, the smaller...

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Our spy photographers recently spotted the Volvo XC40 out testing before its anticipated debut later this year. Despite the heavily camouflaged exterior, the photographers hit the jackpot by catching the XC40’s interior largely uncovered.

Judging from these photos, the XC40 will take after its older siblings inside the cabin. Like the XC60 and XC90, the smaller SUV will feature a large central screen and very few buttons and knobs. The air vents are once again placed on either side of the screen, but they appear to be narrower and oriented vertically on this prototype.

Because of all the exterior camouflage, it’s hard to say whether the production XC40 will stay true to the concept that debuted last year. But it’s clear the XC40 will feature Thor’s hammer LED headlights that have become a hallmark of Volvo. The prototype also has the same boxy rear window as the one on the concept. The mule features tall taillights and a prominent rear window spoiler just like the prototype, although it comes with more conventional door handles.

A plug-in hybrid powertrain has been confirmed for the Volvo XC40, although the model should come with an array of engine options. Other possible engine options include a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine as well as a four-cylinder diesel variant in addition to the plug-in hybrid model. The small crossover sits on Volvo’s new Compact Modular Architecture along with the upcoming S40 sedan and V40 hatch. The platform also underpins a new crossover from Lynk & Co, which like Volvo, falls under Geely ownership.

The XC40 will likely debut later this year before heading to global markets in 2018. Check out the full gallery below for more pics of the XC40 camouflaged prototype and last year’s concept previewing the XC40.

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Volvo Announces Pricing on 2018 XC60 http://www.automobilemag.com/news/volvo-announces-pricing-new-xc60/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/volvo-announces-pricing-new-xc60/#respond Wed, 17 May 2017 17:11:40 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1161709 Volvo has announced the pricing of the all-new 2018 XC60, which is now available for order through the automaker’s websites, with U.S. deliveries begging this fall. A larger offering than other compact crossovers, the 2018 Volvo XC60 features three different engines that correspond to trim levels; the XC60 T5 turbocharged four-cylinder produces 250 hp, the...

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Volvo has announced the pricing of the all-new 2018 XC60, which is now available for order through the automaker’s websites, with U.S. deliveries begging this fall.

A larger offering than other compact crossovers, the 2018 Volvo XC60 features three different engines that correspond to trim levels; the XC60 T5 turbocharged four-cylinder produces 250 hp, the XC60 T6 turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder producing 316 hp, and the XC60 T8 Twin Engine Electric Plug-In Hybrid producing 400 hp.

As for pricing, the XC60 T5 starts at $41,500, the XC60 T6 starting at $44,900, and finally, the most expensive of the trio of trims, the XC60 T8 will start at $52,900 (Update: $995 destination fee not included in the prices.)

All XC60s will come standard with a host of exclusive equipment such as, panoramic moonroof, leather seats, “Thor’s Hammer” LED headlamps, and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

In terms of safety equipment, all XC60s will also feature lane keeping aid, and oncoming land mitigation. Blind spot information system which now uses the company’s steer assist functionality is an option.

Customers will also be able to option their XC60s with Nappa leather seats with ventilation, heating, and massage functions, and a four-corner air suspension that gives the XC60 a softer ride. In addition, it offers a premium Bowers & Wilkins sound system, which is one of the best in the industry in our opinion.

Volvo has stated that with this announcement, the company has opened up its order books, letting customers configure their personal XC60s on its website and putting down a deposit for the upcoming compact crossover SUV.

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Volvo to Introduce Android Infotainment System http://www.automobilemag.com/news/volvo-offer-android-infotainment-system-new-models/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/volvo-offer-android-infotainment-system-new-models/#respond Mon, 15 May 2017 19:16:13 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1161306 New Volvos including the XC90 feature one of the most advanced infotainment systems on the market, but the automaker still sees room for improvement. Volvo has partnered with Google to develop an infotainment system based on the Android operating system, and it’s expected to launch on new models within two years. The Android-backed infotainment system...

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New Volvos including the XC90 feature one of the most advanced infotainment systems on the market, but the automaker still sees room for improvement. Volvo has partnered with Google to develop an infotainment system based on the Android operating system, and it’s expected to launch on new models within two years.

The Android-backed infotainment system will give drivers access to hundreds of apps developed by Google, Volvo, or third-party developers. These apps will be incorporated into the existing infotainment format that Volvo drivers will find familiar.

“Google’s platform and services will enhance the user experience by enabling more personalization possibilities, while Android will offer increased flexibility from a development perspective,” said Henrik Green, senior vice president of research and development at Volvo Car Group, in a recent release.

Volvo also announced it’s updating recent models with Google Local Search, a location-based service application. This feature will be released through an update to customers with Sensus Navigation.

Expect to learn more on Volvo’s partnership with Google at this year’s Google I/O conference Wednesday, May 17.

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