Wednesday, 20 February 2008 12:00 AM
Volvo is to launch its first assault on the competitive crossover market, with the launch of the Xc60.
The new model, which will be launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March, combines a strong athletic body with high ground clearance and large wheels, with flowing lines creating the sporty charisma of a coupe.
"This car is charged with more emotive form and more energy than any other Volvo," said Volvo design director, Steve Mattin.
"We are elevating our design DNA to an entirely new level by literally turning up the visual volume. If you say that you would 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."
Outside of the exterior design, the XC60 also incorporates a unique safety system - designed to reduce the dangers of inner-city driving.
The City Safety device monitors city traffic, and if it senses a crash is imminent, will automatically brake.
"We are the first manufacturer in the world to offer this type of feature as standard. City Safety clearly shows that the new Volvo XC60 is the safest car Volvo has ever produced," said Volvo president, Frank Arp.
The XC60 comes with either a turbocharged T6 which produces 285PS, or one of two variants of the D5 turbodiesel, producing 185 and 163 horsepower respectively.
All-Wheel Drive (AWD) is fitted as standard.
Next year, Volvo will also offer a front-wheel driven 2.4-litre version, powered by a Euro 5 diesel engine producing 163 horsepower and with a CO2 target around 170 g/km.