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TMR Team | Mar 8, 2017

Volvo has provided its full-sized XC90 SUV with a little brother by revealing the new XC60 at the Geneva motor show.

Due to go on sale in Australia later this year, the new XC60 retains the five-seat layout of its predecessor but adds performance, safety, connectivity and refinement improvements thanks to its adoption of Volvo's modular platform layout that also underpins the XC90.

Speaking at the vehicle's unveiling, Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson said the XC60 was indicative of Volvo's increasing reliance on SUV sales.

"Around 50 per cent of Volvo sales are SUVs and the XC60 will further sharpen our position," he said.

That ratio seems only set to grow with the imminent arrival of a new XC40 to do battle in later this year the compact segment later this year.

Volvo claims the new XC60 to be "one of the safest cars ever made" with systems including Steer Assist and Oncoming Lane Mitigation that can detect and avoid head on collisions.

The semi-autonomous Pilot Assist, which takes over steering, braking and acceleration duties on well-marked roads will be available as an option.

Engines include the petrol-electric plug-in hybrid T8 a total 300kW of power and 640Nm of torque for performance of 0-100km/h in a claimed 5.3 seconds. All that, while consuming 4.1 L/100 in the combined test.

There will also be a non-hybrid version of the T8's turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine in the T6 that makes 235kW (and 0-100km/h in 5.9 seconds), plus a less powerful 187kW version in the T5 and two diesels.

All variants will be all-wheel-driven via an eight-speed automatic gearbox and for those craving a solid Volvo driving experience, kerb weights varying from 2081kg to an even more hefty 2349kg should help.

Inside, the XC90 will have a version of the XC90s clean and functional instrument layout with the portrait oriented central touchscreen display.

Volvo will confirm full specifications and prices for Australian models ahead of its local launch later this year.

MORE: Geneva Motor Show News

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