Volvo launched two cars so far this year in India. The first one was the S60 Polestar, a track scorching sedan, and that was followed by the V90 Cross Country, that has carved a whole new segment. But no other model is as important as the XC60. The mid size luxury SUV segment is quite the happening space in the Indian market today with quite a palate on offer. Apart from the three Germans, there is the Jaguar F-Pace and the soon to go on sale Lexus NX300. The new XC60 fits right in the mix and will be looking at grabbing a sizeable slice of the pie. To see what this new second gen Swede is all about, we drove it on some fantastic roads in South India.

2018 Volvo XC60 Exterior

The XC60 is Volvo’s highest selling model across global markets. Sales were at peak when the car maker decided it was time to bring the new one in. The new XC60 is built on Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform which will also underpin all future models as well. This platform is electrification ready hence Volvo says each of their models will have an electric variant by 2019. While at first glance it appears a smaller version of the XC90, that’s not the case. The XC60 has a distinct character of its own. Of course you get the large vertical slat chrome front grille. The now trademark Thor Hammer daytime running lights extend into the front grille unlike Volvo’s other models. These DRLs come with integrated turn indicators and LED headlamps are standard. The XC60 has a sharp side profile with a strong shoulder line. The chrome strip on the bottom adds a touch of class. The 19 inch 10 spoke diamond cut alloy wheels look swell and are mated to specially created Michelin tyres. The rear is what we are used to seeing in Volvos with the XC60 getting vertically stacked LED tail lamps. There is a roof mounted spoiler and the bumper gets dual exhausts with chrome tips. The XC60 will be available in a single fully loaded Inscription trim.