This CUV is as important to Volvo as any new model has ever been. It’s a proper small SUV, not crossover, as determined by ride height and ground clearance.
Like the first generation, the new XC60 will have the T5 and T6 engines (turbocharged and twin-charged, respectively). Both of these will be available in FWD or AWD. Other markets will almost certainly be getting diesel options, but in the US it’s unlikely that we’ll get anything other than gasoline engines. However, it appears that we will be getting the T8 hybrid “twin-engine” drivetrain.
If you’re not yet familiar with Volvo’s hybrid T8 setup, we explored it in detail on the XC90 page. And, unless Volvo makes some major changes to the way it works, we’re going to maintain our stance that the complicated system isn’t worth its cost. Actual fuel savings are going to be minimal for most drivers, acceleration is only marginally improved, the price tag goes up significantly, and the complex nature of the T8 design means that longterm maintenance costs will almost certainly be much higher than on any of the other powertrain offerings.
In T8 trim, this Volvo is going to haul ass. Sorry for the salty language, but it’s important I get this across. The XC90 T8 goes 0-60 in five seconds flat. The XC60 will be about 400 pounds lighter than the XC90. You do the math.
Click the link below to read the rest of our thoughts on the new second generation XC60.