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All-new Volvo XC60 spied in India ahead of December launch

15th Nov 2017 12:00 pm

The XC60 will be available in the fully loaded Inscription trim and get the 235hp, 2.0-litre D5 diesel engine.

Volvo will launch the all-new Volvo XC60 in India in December 2017. The carmaker has already begun testing the SUV on Indian soil. A rival to the Mercedes GLC, Audi Q5 and BMW X3, the XC60 will go on sale in the fully loaded Inscription trim only and be offered with a host of tech and safety systems.

At launch, the new XC60 in India will get only one engine option - the 235hp, 2.0-litre D5 diesel unit that also powers the larger XC90 SUV – mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox with all-wheel drive as standard. The engine will give Volvo a leg up on rivals in the segment in terms of performance, with its closest rival, in terms of power, being the 190hp BMW X3 xDrive20d; the more potent 245hp xDrive30d variant has been discontinued.

A less powerful 190hp D4 diesel unit – from the Volvo S90 sedan – could also be on the cards at a later stage. The automaker could also consider bringing in its 320hp T6 petrol and 407hp T8 Twin-Engine petrol-hybrid derivatives of the XC60 in the future.

In terms of equipment, the XC60 Inscription gets goodies including air suspension, a Bowers & Wilkins audio system, Nappa leather upholstery, heads-up display and large 19-inch alloy wheels. A big highlight will be that Volvo will offer a range of radar-based safety systems on the XC60, which would make it the second Volvo in India to get these systems after the XC90 Excellence.

Volvo will assemble the XC60 at its Bengaluru plant but it is not clear if the SUV will be assembled from the time of launch itself. Expect pricing to be in the region of Rs 55 lakh (ex-showroom) which, given the specifications and equipment offered, is competitive.

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