The new 2013 Volvo XC60 has landed in Australia, bringing updated styling and design inside and out, a range of advanced technologies, and a more focused range of variants to choose from.
The XC60 is Volvo’s best-selling vehicle in Australia. So far this year (as of September) the company has sold 1349 examples, which is almost double that of the next-best seller, the new Volvo V40 (754).
In terms of styling, the new model comes with updated headlights with new LED daytime lights, as well as a restyled front end which now incorporates horizontal lines through the grille and bumper bar, accentuating its sturdy road presence.
Stepping inside and you’ll notice the upgraded materials used throughout the cabin, whether its fine wood or the quality leather, Volvo has made improvements to boost refinement while retaining the clutter-free environment that its vehicles are renowned for.
All models now come with a power tailgate as standard, and a range of interior trim options and colours. In the rear also showcases a 40/20/20 split-fold rear seat for added convenience, with Volvo’s in-built booster cushions for children.
As for the engine options, the new XC60 is available with two different turbo-diesel engines and two turbo-petrol units. The entry level model, the T5, uses a 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder producing 177kW and 320Nm. The D4 entry level diesel uses a five-cylinder producing 120kW and 400Nm.
Stepping up into the D5, it comes with a 2.4-litre twin-turbo diesel producing 158kW and 440Nm. It can be had with a Polestar tune which takes outputs up to 169kW and 470Nm.
Lastly, at the top of the range is the T6. It comes with a 3.0-litre turbocharged inline six-cylinder producing 224kW and 440Nm, linked up to a second-gen six-speed automatic transmission. Customers can also opt for the Polestar tune which takes outputs up to 242kW and 480Nm.
Safety is of course a strong part of Volvo’s genetic makeup. The new XC60 is available with an updated City Safety system capable of automatically braking the vehicle in hazardous situations at speeds up to 50km/h. There’s also Corner Lighting, activated when the steering angle is increased to spread light into the direction of travel.
Cross Traffic Alert is also on offer, capable of detecting cross-passing objects when reversing, as well as an improved blind spot warning system which can detect other vehicles travelling up to 70 metres behind.
The new model is now on sale with prices starting from the following (excluding on-road costs):
2013 Volvo XC60 D4 Kinetic -$58,990
2013 Volvo XC60 D4 Luxury – $63,990
2013 Volvo XC60 T5 Kinetic – $56,990
2013 Volvo XC60 T5 Luxury -$61,990
2013 Volvo XC60 D5 Luxury – $69,990
2013 Volvo XC60 D5 R-Design – $73,990
2013 Volvo XC60 T6 Luxury – $74,990
2013 Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design – $78,990
The comprehensive Driver Support pack is a $5000 option. It includes the following:
- Blind Spot Information System and Cross Traffic Alert
- Driver Alert System (Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Aid, Active High Beam, Forward Collision Warning and Road Sign Information)
- Adaptive Cruise Control with Collision Warning and Full Autobrake, Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Auto dim rear view mirrors and side mirrors