Ten years aback the annulment from antecedent buyer Ford, Volvo Car is at addition crossroad as accepted buyer Gheely Motors of China works to about-face this exceptional calendar to a absolutely electric agent future, authoritative Volvo the aboriginal abounding calendar absent an centralized agitation engine.
Long a alcove automaker in America, yet hardly added accepted in Europe area it has continued Swedish roots to share, Volvo claims to accept a bright eyes for its future. No automaker has yet made, and awash in acceptable quantity, commercially affordable EV’s to alter gasoline and agent powered vehicles. Volvo aims to be first; their XC40 electric bunched crossover, additional some Polestar labeled vehicles, go on auction in 2020.
Currently, Volvo sells four abject wagons, three crossovers, and two sedans in the North American market. Committed to the abject wagon body-style added than anyone else, the latest V60XC (Cross Country) is an accessible off-shoot of the approved V60 wagon, which is an addendum of the S60 sedan, which shares its architectonics with the XC60 Bunched Crossover.
Since 1998, Volvo has been business the Cross Country trim here. Black anatomy cladding and wheelwell trim, altered wheels, additional a 2-plus inch lift in the anatomy for greater foul-weather arena clearance, has been the blueprint to accord buyers a reasonable another to heavier, taller crossovers. Buyer address cements the philosophy; consumers buy V60XC models two-to-one over the approved V60 wagon, alike admitting AWD is alternative on the abject V60 wagon.
Driving dynamics abide a contempo Volvo trend; aqueous motions from the adaptable chassis, anticipated responses from the helm, additional added ability beneath the hood. While the V60 gives buyers three agent choices—including a constituent amalgam option—the V60XC comes in T5 trim alone with the abject 2.0-liter turbo-four authoritative 250-hp through an 8-speed automated transmission. EPA projections are 22/31/25-mpg.
Long-term abject wagon owners will adulation the address of the V60 and the V60XC as they drive added like a accepted car; low, nimble, and lighter. Sales numbers, and bazaar forces, acquaint us a altered account as the XC60 Crossover sells abundant bigger than the accomplished S60-sedan and V60-wagon lineup.
While the V60XC and the XC60-crossover allotment the aforementioned all-embracing breadth and wheelbase, the crossover is a abounding six-inches added and nine-inches taller than the wagon, abstracts that construe into a abundant roomier cabin—for both bodies and parcels. There is no arguing with the fitted-coziness of the V60’s cockpit; it is luxuriously intimate. Yet this is in aciculate adverse to the analogously comfortable and roomier berth in the crossover, which is additionally easier to enter. The XC60 alone weighs 300-pounds added than the wagon, does acknowledgment two-mph beneath ammunition economy, but it does canyon the recycling centermost basic circuit analysis with a 32-gallon debris can applicable beneath the ability lift gate—the V60XC’s abate burden alcove does not.
Like so abounding new arrivals, the Volvo is loaded with tech. There is a adaptable app with alien start, wi-fi hotspot, smartphone integration, additional apps in the 12.3-inch ball awning for Pandora, Spotify, and Tunein. Alive assurance includes low and accelerated blow acknowledgment with banal detection, alley assurance advice in the centermost birr advice panel, dark atom arrangement with council assist, alive headlamps, additional auto anchor activity with cross-traffic alerts.
Base appraisement starts at $45,100—about $3,000 added than a V60 AWD wagon or the XC60 crossover. Add the avant-garde amalgamation ($2,500) with LED fog lamps, high-pressure headlamp washers, Adaptive Cruise and Pilot assist, as able-bodied as surround-view camera; additional the Cross Country Pro Amalgamation ($2,800) with 4-zone climate, ability commuter seat, 19-inch wheels, additional advanced bench extenders with ability lumbar; and again acrimonious rear seats and council caster ($750), brownish acrylic ($645), Bowers and Wilkins Audio ($4,000), Park Pilot Assist, ($200) forth with destination $995 (how appear a car congenital in Sweden has a lower destination allegation than a agent congenital in the USA?) and the V60XC balloons to $56,990.
This reinforces the claiming of affairs aggressive EV’s (which so far, accept been clearly pricier than their gas-powered counterparts) in a bazaar area several mass-market cartage already action added agreeable than the Volvo, for far beneath money. Despite the absorbed to advertise wagons, is this articulation ample abundant to actualize the basic to pay for the amount of approaching EV development?
Volvo wagon owners may not alike care. From the Thor’s Hammer LED headlamps aback to the continued L-shaped LED taillights, this is a Volvo wagon that maintains several traditions, the atomic of which is it isn’t article else.
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