Swedish car manufacturer Volvo recently launched facelift version of XC60 Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) at an event in New Delhi. Along with facelift XC60, Volvo also introduced a new variant of S60. Notably, both these models are the best selling products for the multinational car maker from Sweden. XC60, in particular, is a car that received plaudits from customer and critics, who have praised it for performance, style and safety. Experts feel that the facelift version of XC60, launched at a starting price of Rs. 40.5 lakh, is going to perform really well in the Indian car market.
Present at the launch of XC60 SUV was Tomas Ernberg, Managing Director at Volvo Auto India, who said, “Taking our philosophy of ‘Designed Around You’ a step further, we have the New Generation S60 & XC60 for our customers with changes designed around their comfort and need. Scandinavian design is exemplified by beautiful, simple shapes and surfaces with any unnecessary clutter removed. This is evident in the redesigned interior and exterior of the new 60 cars. Inside, the attention to detail, the authentic materials – such as wood and leather – and the easy-to-use controls contribute to the in-command driving experience.”
Facelift version of Volvo XC60, according to experts, is going to give tough competition to Audi Q5, an SUV that has done well in India. New version of Volvo XC60 has received some enhancements, such as city safety up to 50 kmph, three-spoke steering wheel with paddle shifters, dual exhaust tail pipes, comfortable sports seats and digital instrument cluster. Volvo cars are known throughout the globe for their safety features, regarded as the best in the world by many. The presence of Laser Assisted Automatic Braking makes the car much more secure as it senses emergency situations automatically and subsequently, charges brakes. D4 variant of Volvo XC60 runs on a five-cylinder turbo diesel engine with a displacement of 1984 cc. This engine generates an output of 163 bhp and peak torque of 400 Nm. On the other hand, Volvo XC60 D5 variant is fitted with a 2.4-litre diesel engine that delivers a maximum output of 215 bhp and top torque of 440 Nm.
Audi Q5 is offered in petrol and diesel engine options that have different specifications altogether. The petrol version of Audi Q5 is equipped with a 2.0-litre TFSI unit that coupled with an 8-speed triptronic transmission system. While on the other hand, the diesel trim of Audi Q5 is powered by a 2.5-litre TDI engine. Audi claims that with advanced technologies like recuperation system, driver information system with efficiency program and drive select efficiency mode system, Q5 gives away best-in-class fuel efficiency. In terms of features, Audi has given some of high-end equipment like MMI navigation system with 3D map representation system.