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Volvo XC60 - model year 2011

The new XC60 is Volvo's bold, sporty and muscular challenger in the Small Premium Utility segment. The car is charged with emotive form and energy.
It is has the real crossover character with a combination of the traditional city vehicle and a cross country vehicle aimed at young, professional urban people with an active lifestyle. The Volvo XC60 is a sporty and dynamic car with tasteful exterior and interior design and versatile functionality.


Characteristic design
Down below, the unmistakeable, capable cross over muscles are pumped up, creating a strong athletic body that is mated with high ground clearance and large wheels. Up above, the flowing lines create the sporty charisma of a coupe.
The sculpted, seductive lines are particularly clear when the XC60 is viewed from the side. The car's shoulders are exceptionally broad.
The large wheels, the bold wheel arches and the darker livery of the body's lower section further enhance the muscular feel, while the dynamic, flowing lines of the greenhouse combined with its daring roof contour impart a sporty coupe feel to the upper part of the car.
The rear design is characterised by tail lamps with micro-optics and LED technology. The lamps, which distribute their light in a special way, enhance the characteristic "Volvo" design.
The range of wheel rims has been extended with a new 18-inch version with six double spokes.


Exterior colours
The following colours available for the Volvo XC60:

  • Flamenco Red metallic (new) 702
  • Seashell metallic (new) 484
  • Black Stone 019
  • Ice White 614 (also available for R-design)
  • Silver metallic 426
  • Black Sapphire metallic 452
  • Barents Blue metallic 466
  • Electric Silver metallic 477 (also available for R-design and Inscription)
  • Cosmic White metallic 481 (also available for R-design)
  • Chameleon Blue metallic 490
  • Savile Grey metallic 492 (also available for R-design)
  • Lime Grass Green metallic 495 (also available for R-design)
  • Terra Bronze metallic 494
  • Passion Red (only R-Design) 612

Integrated roof rails
The roof rails provide a solid and tight impression. They are available in two versions - Charcoal (standard) or Silk-Metal - and built into the car at the factory.

The bold attitude of the Volvo XC60 R-Design radiates true driving pleasure - and the sporty chassis and direct steering ensure that the drive matches the sporty appearance.
The R-Design model boosts the XC60's already sporty aura and gives the car an even more refined character in terms of both driving experience and design.
The R-Design chassis is stiffer, features stronger damping and has more distinct driving properties - without compromising ride comfort. All passengers can still enjoy a long and pleasant ride on any type of road surface.




Driver-oriented interior
The interior is driver-oriented and designed to create a dynamic feel. The lines on the panels and surfaces connect the various interior panels with each other to create a harmonious style with "loops." Thick and thin lines contribute to the XC profile.
The characteristic floating centre console gives a dynamic and sporty impression. The centre console is slightly angled towards the driver to enhance driver dynamics. The visual "X" in the seats and backrests enhances the dynamic appearance.
Practical load area
The load area has a lockable load floor covering two storage areas, one for personal items and another for soiled or wet items. The cargo cover extends over the entire load area. The rear door prevents the floor hatch from being opened when the car is closed and locked.
Power tailgate
The optional power tailgate can be opened automatically in three ways - via the remote control, by a button in the light panel or by opening the tailgate with the handle. The automatic opening feature is very convenient if you approach the car loaded down with shopping bags.
Three-section rear seat
The three-split (40/20/40) rear seat and backrest offer two separate seats with an armrest in the middle, or three seats with safety belts for each occupant. The seat cushions are fixed and the backrest(s) can be individually folded.

Fun and comfortable ride
With the new Volvo XC60, Volvo Cars takes yet another step in offering cars that are fun to drive yet comfortable to ride in. The compact format and the precise road attributes mean the new Volvo XC60 can make its way equally elegantly both on city tarmac and along country lanes.
The new Volvo XC60 is sturdily built to handle all operating conditions. The body has extra torsional rigidity and the sporty chassis setup means the car is precisely controlled and minimises roll tendencies even in demanding driving situations.
Weight is optimally distributed between the front and rear axles, which contributes to good balance and traction.


Four-wheel drive for perfect grip
The Volvo XC60 is equipped as standard with Volvo's All-Wheel Drive with Instant TractionTM to guarantee the best possible road grip whatever the situation. With the help of an electronically controlled clutch, the AWD system automatically distributes drive between the front and rear wheels. The Instant Traction function shifts power from the front to the rear wheels at lightning speed, for instance when starting from standstill on slippery or loose surfaces.
There is also the new DRIVe version, that is front-wheel driven to further cut fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.


Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC)
Volvo's Dynamic Stability and Traction Control system continuously registers the car's roll rate, making it possible to detect slowly building skids at an early stage. Generally, the system helps stabilise the car in evasive manoeuvres, particularly when the car is exposed to high lateral forces.
Hill Descent Control (HDC) for steep inclines
Hill Descent Control automatically controls the car's speed when driving down steep slopes. The Hill Descent Control function makes it possible for the driver to focus completely on driving when descending steep hills. The driver can control the speed with the brake pedal or the accelerator when Hill Descent Control is activated.
Continuously Controlled Chassis Concept (FOUR-C)
Volvo's FOUR-C function monitors the chassis' movements and makes it possible to choose a chassis setting that suits a certain driving style. The driver can choose between three settings, Comfort, Sport and Advanced.


Trailer Stability Assist (TSA) for stabilising car and trailer
Trailer Stability Assist is intended for stabilising the car and trailer. The system detects if the trailer starts "snaking", a phenomenon that may occur at certain speeds depending on the mass of the trailer and the way it is loaded. If Trailer Stability Assist senses snaking tendencies, it brakes the car's individual wheels to counteract the oscillation. Trailer Stability Assist is activated at speeds between 60 and 160 km/h.



Sharper T6 AWD
Volvo XC60 now comes with upgraded petrol engines.
The six-cylinder, turbocharged T6 has a displacement of 3.0 litres and it now offers even sharper performance, thanks mainly to a reduction in internal friction. As in the all-new S60, it now offers 304 hp and no less than 440 Nm of torque. The CO2 emissions are 249 g/km.Maximum torque is achieved between 2100 and 4200 revs. This results in rapid acceleration and smooth driving properties. All-Wheel Drive (AWD) is fitted as standard.


3.2-litre naturally aspirated engine
The six-cylinder 3.2-litre naturally aspirated engine has also been upgraded and features an improved crankshaft and less internal friction. It now offers 243 hp and maximum torque is 320 Nm. In order to meet US legislative requirements, there is also a PZEV (Partial Zero Emission Vehicle) variant that produces 231 hp and 300 Nm.


New direct-injected engines
The new four-cylinder 2.0T GTDi (Gasoline Turbocharged Direct Injection) engine has a displacement of two litres and produces a generous 203 hp, 199 CO2 g/km with 300 Nm of torque available from 1750 rpm.


D5 with 205 hp
The Volvo XC60 can also be specified with the high-performance D5 engine that produces 205 horsepower and 420 Nm of torque.


New 2-litre turbodiesel - D3
The new five-cylinder 2-litre turbodiesel introduced in the all-new Volvo S60 is now available throughout Volvo Cars' model range. The new five-cylinder D3 is in principle the same engine as the well-established 2.4-litre diesel, but its displacement has been reduced with a shorter stroke to optimise fuel consumption.
The injection system has a different type of piezoelectric fuel injector compared with the D5 engine. These injectors minimise consumption with exceptionally rapid and precise injection pulses under high pressure. This promotes extremely efficient combustion.

In order to give the car better driving properties, the turbocharger has been fine-tuned to provide high torque from low revs.
In the Volvo XC60 the newly developed 2-litre diesel engine produces 163 hp and 400 Nm of torque. Depending on if it is manual or auto the CO2 is 179/187 g/km.


For the lowest consumption of fuel and lowest CO2 emissions there is a DRIVe diesel alternative with manual gear. 163 hp, but CO2 154 g/km and 5.8 l/100 km of fuel consumption.


The environmental classification for all the engine alternatives in the XC60 is EUR0 5 (2011).


All-Wheel Drive (AWD) for enhanced stability
All-Wheel Drive is an electronically controlled system that distributes engine power between the front and rear wheels quickly and automatically, depending on which wheel pair (front or rear wheels) has the best grip at the moment. The system helps enhance stability and reduces understeer and oversteer, contributing to increased driver control and a comfortable ride.

The system is equipped with PreTension® which improves take-off speed and delivers higher traction on slippery surfaces.


Strong body structure
The advanced front structure consists of deformation zones of different grades of steel, each one with a certain role in a collision. The structure is designed to help provide increased protection in a frontal collision.
Side structures of different grades of steel and a number of tubes and members are all designed to "move" the body to the side, helping to reduce the risk of passenger compartment intrusion. Volvo's Side Impact Protection System helps absorb incoming collision forces in order to maintain adequate safety space for the passengers.
Two-step booster cushion
The booster cushion, which is integrated in the rear seat, can be set at two heights, allowing children of different sizes to sit sufficiently high to see out through the windows yet at the same time get the most effective protection possible. The lower setting is intended for children between 115 and 140 cm in height and weighing between 22 and 36 kg, while the upper setting is designed for children measuring 95-120 cm and weighing between 15 and 25 kg. The Volvo XC60 can be equipped with integrated child booster cushions in both outer rear seats.


City Safety
City Safety is a function that senses if vehicles ahead are moving more slowly or are at a standstill. In a situation where the calculated braking force needed reaches a certain level and the driver has not reacted, the City Safety function senses that a collision is imminent.
The function is a standard feature that is active if the car's speed is below 30 km/h (19 mph). In situations where the difference in speed between the two vehicles is 15 km/h (9 mph) or less, a collision can be completely avoided. In a potential collision situation in which the difference in speed between the vehicles is between 15-30 km/h (9-19 mph), the consequences of the impending collision can be considerably reduced because the system will intervene to reduce speed before the collision occurs.


Collision Warning with Auto Brake alerts the driver
Collision Warning with Auto Brake alerts the driver if the distance to a vehicle ahead suddenly decreases. This system gives the driver a fair chance to avoid a collision. The system's braking function prepares for heavy braking and brakes the car automatically (with up to 50% of the maximum braking power) if the driver does not react to the warning signal. Collision Warning with Auto Brake is an optional feature.
A range of other features
Driver Alert Control is a unique technology to detect and alert tired and distracted drivers.
Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) helps detect vehicles in the offset rear blind spot on both sides of the car.
Lane Departure Warning alerts the driver if the car runs across the lane markers without the turn indicator being used. The Active Bending headlights with Dual Xenon technology expand the vision range by about 230 % (option).

Adaptive Cruise Control also in slow queues
In the field of comfort, there are features such as the optional Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), which automatically maintains a set gap to the vehicle in front.


Volvo On Call combined with Bluetooth
Volvo XC60 with the High Performance or Premium Sound systems is equipped with an USB port, making it easy to attach an iPod®, other MP3 players or even a digital camera to the audio system. High Performance and Premium Sound levels have an HD (digital) radio function as standard. In some European countries the Premium Sound and High Performance audio systems can be supplemented with DAB-radio (Digital Audio Broadcast). This function makes it possible listening to radio broadcasts with CD quality.
The Volvo On Call system can now be combined with the Bluetooth mobile phone service.  With Volvo On Call it is now even possible to activate the cabin heater remotely via SMS text messaging.


Roll Stability Control (RSC) and Roll-Over Protection System (ROPS)
Roll Stability Control is an active function that intervenes in situations when the car is exposed to forces that could cause it to roll over. This function helps stabilise the car and reduces the risk of rolling over in an accident.
If a rollover accident should occur, the Roll-Over Protection System helps protect the passengers, but it is always recommended for everyone to wear safety belt when riding in a car.

Volvo XC60, 2011, Product News
Descriptions and facts in this press material relate to Volvo Cars' international car range. Described features might be optional. Vehicle specifications may vary from one country to another and may be altered without prior notification.