New Volvo to hit Canadian showrooms in Q4

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The vehicle that represents roughly 30 per cent of Volvo’s global sales has finally been redesigned.2018-Volvo-XC60#2

The all-new XC60, which made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this week, is expected to hit Canadian showrooms sometime in the fourth quarter. Pricing information has not been revealed. The redesign comes nine years after the last complete overhaul for the vehicle and it is likely executives are hoping consumers will take to the XC60 to the same degree as the popular XC90.

“We have a strong heritage in designing stylish and dynamic SUVs that offer the latest in technology. The new XC60 will be no exception. It’s the perfect car for an active lifestyle, and it represents the next step in our transformation plan,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Car Group.

The new XC60 is equipped with the T6 Drive-E engine that is familiar throughout the 90-Cluster lineup, but the new also XC60 offers Volvo’s T8 Twin Engine gas plug-in hybrid at the top of the powertrain range, delivering 407 hp and acceleration from 0-100 km/h in 5.3 seconds.2018-Volvo-XC60#3

Volvo said the driver infotainment and connected services offer, Sensus, and the Volvo On Call app have both received a graphical update with improved usability. As in the 90 Series cars, smartphone integration with CarPlay and Android Auto is also available.

“The XC60 is an SUV not designed to look down on others but to drive. The exterior has an athletic sculpture with a subtle, timeless quality. The interior is a masterful composition of well-resolved architecture, beautiful materials and the very latest technology – all perfectly blended together. The XC60 provides a true Scandinavian experience which will make our customers feel special,” said Thomas Ingenlath, senior vice-president of design at Volvo Car Group.

Volvo in Canada has seen a modest uptick in sales to start the year. February volume was up just 1.3 per cent w2018-Volvo-XC60#4ith 393 units sold compared to 388 sales in February 2016. Last month marked the 17th consecutive month-to-date sales growth.

The brand is up 1.2 per cent through the first two months of the year. The addition of another redesigned SUV to the lineup is likely to boost sales as consumers continue to abandon the passenger car segment in favour of SUVs and light-duty trucks.