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Trevor Collett | Mar 1, 2017

Volvo has kept the onlookers busy in the lead-up to the Geneva Motor Show, with several teaser images heralding the imminent arrival of its new XC60 SUV.

A side-on shot shows the mid-sized model wearing a car cover under which Volvo-familiar tail lamps can be seen.

Also in view are headlights which appear to have been handed down from the larger XC90 SUV, including the sideways T-shaped (also referred to as ‘Thor Hammer’)LED daytime running lights.

The teaser images also suggest that styling cues from Volvo’s S90 sedan will be present, at least in the front end.

Volvo has also revealed that the XC60 will come with three new driver-assistance features including a semi-autonomous ‘automatic steering assistance’.

“We have been working with collision avoidance systems for many years and we can see how effective they are,” Volvo’s Malin Ekholm said.

“In Sweden alone, we have seen a decline of around 45 percent in rear-end frontal crashes thanks to our collision warning with autobrake system. With the XC60 we are determined to take the next step in reducing avoidable collisions with the addition of steering support and assistance systems.”

Should the XC60’s City Safety (autonomous emergency braking) determine that braking alone would not prevent a collision, Steering Support will kick in to help guide the vehicle away from danger where possible.

Steering Support also works on the open road, operative at speed between 50 and 100km/h. Volvo’s Oncoming Lane Mitigation is another feature, active at speeds between 60-140km/h, using Steering Support to guide the XC60 away from oncoming vehicles in what some other carmaker refer to as lane-keep assist.

Volvo makes no bones about the fact these latest safety upgrades for the XC60 are further steps towards fully-autonomous vehicles, and that the carmaker’s goal of no deaths or serious injuries in Volvo products by 2020 is on-track.

Other safety features include blind spot monitoring - which now also works with Steering Support - along with large animal detection, Pilot Assist and Run-Off Mitigation.

Stay tuned to TMR for more news from the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

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