The first new Volvo XC60 rolls off the production line in Torslanda, Sweden.
Production of Volvo Cars’ new XC60 mid-size SUV started at the company’s Torslanda plant in Sweden. The first customer-bound car, a T5 AWD Inscription in Crystal White, rolled off the production line on 26th April.
The new car replaces Volvo’s highly successful original XC60, which in the nine years since its launch became the best-selling premium mid-sized SUV in Europe, with nearly a million units sold globally. The XC60 today represents around 30 per cent of Volvo’s total global sales.
“This is a proud day for everyone at the plant,” said Magnus Nilsson, vice president of the Torslanda plant. “We have worked hard in recent weeks and months to prepare Torslanda for this latest new Volvo model, and now we are ready to start delivering new XC60s to customers.”
The XC60 is the fourth model based on Volvo’s in-house-developed SPA vehicle architecture, following the introduction of the top-of-the-line 90 series in recent years. The SPA-related investments in Sweden have had positive effects on employment at the company, with thousands of new jobs added in production, research and development, and other areas.
New comfort and safety technology
The new XC60, one of the safest cars ever made, is loaded with new technology. Steer Assist has been added to the ground-breaking City Safety system. A new safety system called Oncoming Lane Mitigation uses Steer Assist to help mitigate head-on collisions, while Volvo’s Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) now uses Steer Assist functionality to reduce the risk of lane-changing collisions.
Pilot Assist, Volvo’s advanced semi-autonomous driver-assistance system, which takes care of the steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads up to 130 km/h, is available in the new XC60 as an option.
The new XC60 offers Volvo’s award-winning T8 Twin Engine petrol plug-in hybrid at the top of the powertrain range, delivering 407 hp and acceleration from 0-100 km/h in just 5.3 seconds.
But it is not just under the bonnet that the new XC60 delivers healthy performance. The new CleanZone four-zone climate control system removes harmful pollutants and particles from outside the cabin to deliver Scandinavian-fresh air on the inside.
Volvo Cars’ driver infotainment and connected services offer, Sensus, and the Volvo On Call app both receive a graphical update with improved usability. As in the 90 series cars, smartphone integration with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is also available.
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Strongest ever resale values underline Volvo's success as a true premium player
* Volvo S90, V90 and XC90 have all received the brand's highest-ever resale values in their respective segments*
* New XC60 also receives competitive figures from CAP HPI following UK pricing announcement
* Figures underscore Volvo's transformation into a true premium competitor
Record resale values are helping establish Volvo's new 90 series cars in the highly competitive premium marketplace.
As the first models introduced in the transformation of Volvo's product range, the premium S90 saloon, V90 estate and XC90 SUV all benefit from beautiful exterior and interior design, and feature the latest connected and semi-autonomous technologies as standard. According to automotive data experts CAP HPI, each model is benefiting from the strongest resale values Volvo has ever seen in its respective segment.
The new XC90 continues to perform strongly within its segment, with CAP HPI's Gold Book in May reporting that the XC90 D5 PowerPulse Momentum will be worth 48.7% of its original price after three years and 60,000 miles. This puts it ahead of the 46.8%, 43.5% and 42.1% for the equivalent Audi Q7, BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE respectively.
The V90, meanwhile, is highly competitive against its premium estate rivals for both D4 Momentum and Inscription variants. CAP HPI forecasts that the entry-level D4 Momentum will be worth 41.2% of its original price after 36 months and 60,000 miles, compared with 42.5%, 40.5% and 36.1% for the equivalently specified Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate, BMW 5 Series Touring and Audi A6 Avant respectively. The V90 Inscription fares even better, at 41.8%.
In the executive saloon segment, the S90 D4 Momentum, which has marked a giant step forward for Volvo in this area of the market, fares competitively against models that have previously dominated the sector. CAP HPI forecasts that the model will be worth 39.8% of its original price after three years and 60,000 miles, putting it right in the heart of its segment, with respective values of 41.8%, 40.9% and 36.2% for the equivalent Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5 Series and Audi A6.
The news will be welcome for individuals and companies looking to run a new S90, V90 or XC90, with strong residuals translating into highly competitive monthly lease costs.
This success looks set to carry forward to the firm's future models, too. Following the official announcement of UK prices and specifications, the long-awaited new XC60 SUV has already received strong values from CAP HPI forecasts, with a 10-percentage-point increase over its predecessor. The outgoing XC60 D4 SE Nav AWD is currently forecast to be worth 35.2% of its original price after 36 months and 60,000 miles, while the new XC60 D4 AWD Momentum receives an equivalent value of 45.6%.