1 Oct 2013
IN late 2013 Volvo revamped its bestselling XC60 with a new nose and more safety gear.
However the oily bits beneath remained the same, continuing with the Ford-sourced four-cylinder petrol engine and Powershift dual-clutch transmission in the entry-level T5 Kinetic and mid-range T5 Luxury, while Volvo’s five-cylinder diesels and its long-lived in-line six-cylinder turbo petrol available at extra cost on other variants.
Furthermore, there have been no changes to the running gear, steering, or suspension systems, save for the advent of a 20-inch tyre option, as part of a new range of alloy wheels that grows from seven to 11 choices.
The nose has been restyled for a wider look, with differences in the headlights, bumpers, air-intakes, and grille, while the rear bumper features a revised diffuser, more colour coding, and repositioned exhaust pipe outlets for a fresher appearance.
The XC60’s cabin sees equally minor but effective alterations compared to the previous version, with a new instrumentation pack pinched from the newer V40. Dubbed the ‘Adaptive Digital Display’ it includes the option of personalising the screen to show normal, eco, or sport graphics.
New materials, upholstery, and trim inserts – including a revised headliner, the introduction of more contemporary wood and metallic inlays, LED pinpoint and switchgear lighting, and the availability of ‘sports seats’ for the first time – complete the interior picture.