Volvo most popular crossover, the XC60 will be rendered with a mid-life facelift in the year 2014 and will come along with upgraded front fascia and rear styling and with a refreshed interior. The camouflaged new vehicle has been recently spied undergoing winter testing and it feels like that the crossover will be titivated with similar upgrades as its sedan sibling. If one removes the camoflauge at the front end and you no doubt get a revised fascia with a new front bumper and single-piece headlights as per the facelifted S60. Other changes that Volvo XC60 features include a revised instrument cluster and larger infotainment system display, while at the rear Volvo is expected to add new exhaust tips and a chrome strip on the tailgate. With the new features rendered Volvo XC60 price is going to go up by a few notches.
The Volvo XC60 pictures carries design cues from the manufacturer that makes anybody realise that it is a swedish vehicle. The grille diagonal chrome strip along with the strong shoulder line and the extremely pleasant XC90-like tail-lights, now with LEDs, are a sure Volvo Cars giveaway. But Volvo has done away with the safe lines and boxy stand-up proportions and brought in an entirely new stance. The design is tipped forward, the detailing of the chin is very aggressive and the skinning of the car is tightly stretched and muscular. The car looks stunning in the flesh, even better than in pictures, and it’s pretty individualistic too. The XC60 gets smoked-out rear windows, a rub strip around the bottom and luscious big alloys that give it a well-planted stance.
Under the skin, this Volvo shares mechanical bits with the Land Rover Freelander, both using the P24 platform developed for Ford’s now- defunct Premier Automotive Group. As expected, a super-stiff chassis and independent suspension take care of dynamics and, as ever, this car has more autonomous and intelligent safety systems than a nuclear submarine. Even Volvo, ever bashful, says this is its safest car ever. And the great thing is that the safety features are all available in India. Even though this car is a crossover, more high estate than SUV, Volvo will position the XC60 as a compact SUV, placing it next to the Q5 and the X3. But that seems absolutely fine because the XC60 can play the SUV well too. Ground clearance is an impressive 230mm, there is an on-demand four-wheel-drive system from Haldex and you get a hill descent system that, in addition that works in reverse too.