2014 VOLVO XC60
Volvo has tweaked its XC60 SUV range for 2014, with a simplified model and engine line-up, along with new exterior styling.
The new exterior is the most noticeable difference. The front end has been reshaped, morphing the front headlamps into a wider, larger shape with integrated daytime running lights.
On cars equipped with active cruise control, the radar cover has been more thoughtfully integrated into the front grille in order to hide it from view. Parts that were black plastic in the previous model are now colour-coded, too.
The side skirts and rear bumper have also come in for changes, as have the rear tail light lenses. It's still the same sheetmetal though, so the XC60's silhouette remains unmolested.
The sportier R-Design variants get their own unique bumper design. The front bumper shaping is more aggressive, the side sills deeper and the rear bumper design features cutouts for a pair of large 90mm-diameter exhaust tips.
Alloy wheel designs are also all-new for the 2014 model year.
Besides the removal of the 3.2 litre naturally-aspirated inline six, the XC60's range of powertrains remains unchanged.
The 177kW/320Nm 2.0 turbo T5 engine and 120kW/400Nm 2.0 turbo diesel D4 engine drive the front wheels, while the more powerful 158kW/440Nm 2.4 litre D5 and 224kW/440Nm 3.0 litre T6 engines get an AWD drivetrain.
All models are equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission.
The T5 lists fuel use at 8.7 l/100km with a 0-100km/h time of 8.1 seconds, while the D4 lists 6.9 l/100km and 10.3 seconds respectively.
The T6 petrol lists fuel use at 10.5 l/100km and 0-100km/h at 6.9 seconds, and the D5 lists 6.9 l/100km and 8.3 seconds.
The D5 and T6 are also available with a Polestar Optimisation package when in R-Design spec, which boosts power to 169kW/470Nm and 242kW/480Nm respectively.
That cuts acceleration to 6.6 and 6.9 seconds respectively.
Braked towing capacity is rated at 1600kg for the D4 engine, 1800kg for the T5, and 2000kg for the T6 and D5 engines.
The range now comprises eight models spread over three trim levels - Kinetic, Luxury and R-Design.
All models get leather upholstery, Bluetooth integration, rear camera, rear parking sensors, a powered driver's seat, dual-zone climate control and a power tailgate.
The reconfigurable LCD instrument cluster from the V40 has also been grafted into the XC60's cabin.
The Luxury adds a powered passenger seat, keyless entry and ignition, sat-nav, 18-inch alloys and Active Bending Lights (which also incorporates a nifty auto high-beam feature which automatically shades the beam to avoid dazzling other drivers).
The interior trim also features a higher grade of leather and different trim inlays.
Step into the R-Design, and you lose the powered passenger seat, but gain a black headliner, R-Design sports seats and unique interior trim
Volvo has also simplified the options available for the XC60, with active cruise control, collision warning (which now incorporates pedestrian and cyclist detection), lane keeping assist and active high beam.
There's also front and rear parking sensors and auto-dimming mirrors now bundled into the $5000 Driver Support Pack - which is available only on the Luxury and R-Design grades.
Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
- XC60 T5 Kinetic - $56,990 (up $1500)
- XC60 T5 Luxury - $61,990 (up $1800)
- XC60 D4 Kinetic - $58,990 (up $500)
- XC60 D4 Luxury - $63,990 (up $500)
- XC60 D5 Luxury - $69,990 (up $1500)
- XC60 D5 R-Design - $73,990 (up $1500)
- XC60 T6 Luxury - $74,990 (up $1850)
- XC60 T6 R-Design - $78,990 (up $850)
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