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RG59061
02-20-2008, 11:25 AM
VOLVO UNVEILS THE NEW 2009 VOLVO XC60

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After several photos were leaked in advance of the XC60s debut at the Geneva Motor Show, Volvo has decided to release the official pictures of the new XC60 and confirm that the leaked photos were of the new Swedish Crossover.

Volvo has also confirmed some of the details of the new crossover, including its platform base and the likely power train that will be seen once the XC60 comes to the United States. These details come from my friends at Left Lane News.com (http://www.leftlanenews.com/volvo-xc60.html) and Volvo.


2009 Volvo XC60 Officially Unveiled
February 20th, 2008

Following a number of leaked photos, Volvo has officially revealed its 2009 XC60 crossover. The Swedish automaker describes the car as the "safest Volvo ever," which says a lot coming from a company that built is reputation on just that.

The model is a direct answer to Acura's RDX, BMW's X3 and Infiniti's EX 35. It is based very closely on the XC60 concept vehicle.

"This car is charged with more emotive form and more energy than any other Volvo. We're elevating our design DNA to an entirely new level by literally turning up the visual volume.," said Volvo Cars Design Director Steve Mattin. "If you say that you'd recognise a Volvo from a hundred metres away today, I dare say the XC60 radiates a clear Volvo presence from at least twice that distance."

As a reminder Ford's now-defunct Premier Automotive Group strategy, the XC60 is expected to share the platform with the Land Rover LR2.

The new XC60 is being launched with a choice of three engines: the turbocharged T6 which produces 285 horsepower, and two variants of the D5 turbodiesel for Europe producing 185 and 163 horsepower respectively. All Wheel Drive (AWD) is fitted as standard.

The big news when it comes to safety is "City Safety" a unique feature to prevent low-speed impacts that are common in stop-and-go commuting. If the car is about to drive into the vehicle in front and the driver does not react, the car brakes itself.

"We are the first manufacturer in the world to offer this type of feature as standard. City Safety clearly advertises that the new XC60 is the safest car Volvo has ever produced. The car is packed with our accumulated safety know-how and technology, both when it comes to preventing accidents and protecting all the occupants in a collision," says Volvo CEO Fredrik Arp.

The XC60 has its sights set on the same design-conscious target group that the C30 caters to. "One might say that this could be the C30 owner's next car. It's as sporty and exciting, but way more capable. With the XC60, we're widening our model range to attract even more customers with an active urban lifestyle," explains Arp.

The sales target for the new XC60 is over 50,000 cars per year. The five largest markets during peak year 2010 will be the USA, Germany, Great Britain, Russia and China. Equal volumes are expected between Europe and North America. The XC60 will be built at the Volvo Cars factory in Ghent, Belgium.

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Well...if this is anything like my sisters Volvo S60...and given that it is based on the new LR2 Platform with a 285bhp Turbo-Charged Inline-Six...this is going to be fun!

Plus, that is one beautiful interior and such a simple and elegant design.

So now that we see this is official...what do you think of the newest addition to the Volvo line-up?

As Always...Stay Fabulous!
RG59061

MERCURYSABLE08
02-20-2008, 12:34 PM
I think the new XC60 is a great looking vehicle I'm sure it will do Volvo very well.

RG59061
02-20-2008, 12:41 PM
I think the new XC90 is a great looking vehicle I'm sure it will do Volvo very well.

Do you mean XC60...this is a vehicle that is smaller by far than the XC90. This CUV is based on the new Land Rover LR2 Platform and is targeted at the BMW X3, Acura RDX and the other luxury small CUVx.

MERCURYSABLE08
02-20-2008, 12:46 PM
Do you mean XC60...this is a vehicle that is smaller by far than the XC90. This CUV is based on the new Land Rover LR2 Platform and is targeted at the BMW X3, Acura RDX and the other luxury small CUVx.

Sorry, :o I didn't pay very close attention yes I meant the XC60.

2b2
02-28-2008, 06:21 PM
update
more real world XC60 pix from WorldCarFans (http://www.worldcarfans.com/9080228.011/volvo-xc-60-first-real-life-photos)

MERCURYSABLE08
02-28-2008, 08:29 PM
update
more real world XC60 pix from WorldCarFans (http://www.worldcarfans.com/9080228.011/volvo-xc-60-first-real-life-photos)

Looks even better in real world pix.

baggs32
02-28-2008, 09:41 PM
Anyone know what were looking at for a base price? Since the XC90 is $35k will this be more like $30k?

Mbukukanyau
02-29-2008, 12:34 AM
I am wondering, will this go aganist small utes like the CR V or aganist bigger utes like Murano?

MERCURYSABLE08
02-29-2008, 09:26 AM
I am wondering, will this go aganist small utes like the CR V or aganist bigger utes like Murano?

If I had to guess I would say it would go up against the bigger utes like the Lexus RX and Nissan Murano.

RG59061
02-29-2008, 12:05 PM
If I had to guess I would say it would go up against the bigger utes like the Lexus RX and Nissan Murano.

For size comparison, the Volvo XC60 is built off of the modified underpinnings from the Land Rover LR2/Freelander 2.

Given this size and Volvo's Entry-Lux cache, the Volvo XC60 will go up against the BMW X3, Acura RDX, Lexus RX, Infiniti EX, Cadillac SRX...though Cadillac is planning to replace the SRX with a production version of the Evoque Concept dubbed BRX and would be roughly the same size as the Saturn Vue...and the XC60 would compete with the LR2 as well.

I am eager to see this lovely Swedish CUV in person...I have been a strong Volvo fan for many years and even helped my sister to buy a Volvo S60 2.5T...and she loves it...especially the solid wood steering wheel! If the new XC60 is as fun to drive, as relaxed and as posh as the S60 and as these photos suggest...this should sell well for Volvo and offer alternatives to those who don't quite need a CUV as large as the XC90.

Stay Fabulous!
RG59061

2b2
03-07-2008, 07:21 PM
wanted to share a thread with lots o' pix over at CarSpyShots (http://www.carspyshots.net/forumdisplay.php?f=39)

on page2, Mr.Fusion (http://www.carspyshots.net/showthread.php?t=14979&page=2)* posted scans of an *official* Brochure he requested Last year & just got
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on page3, Ahura (http://www.carspyshots.net/showthread.php?t=14979&page=3) shows more intro shots! (in what looks like a diff color!!)



* no relation to our Mr.SABLE... ...afaik ;)

MERCURYSABLE08
03-07-2008, 10:18 PM
* no relation to our Mr.SABLE... ...afaik ;)

No relation to Mr.Fusion but perhaps I might be related to a Mr.Taurus out there somewhere. ;)

Thanks for the pix 2b2 :)