Secret shots of the new Volvo XC60 2017 model – spotted undergoing testing

The XC90 inspired version of Volvo’s mid-size crossover is on the way, and the secret shots are out!

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Volvo’s new product offensive will continue in 2017 with the introduction of a new mid size XC60 crossover, set to launch midway through next year.

The new Audi Q5 and BMW X3 rival could be introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March and will sit nicely in the middle of Volvo’s SUV line-up, above the XC40 – due a refresh next – and the full-size XC90.

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The new XC90 is one of the best looking SUVs on the market, using Volvo’s latest minimalist design language. Now, thanks to a spy shot blowout, we can clearly see that the XC60 will be heavily influenced by the XC90’s design, taking the best bits of its cool looks and interpreting them into a smaller five seat package.

 The shots reveal that the new distinctive ‘Thor’s hammer’ LED headlights and large, chrome front grille are on the way, while the overall shape of the heavily disguised test mule is pure shrunken XC90.
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Around the back it’s possible to spot the vertical style taillights, almost identical in design to the ones found on the large Volvo SUV, and in the cabin the same dashboard setup with portrait style infotainment system and digital instrument display is heavily rumoured.

The XC60 will be based on a shortened version of the SPA platform that underpins the XC90 SUV and S90 saloon. The engine line-up will consist of two 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesels initially – a 187bhp D4 and a more punchy 232bhp D5.

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Once the car has launched, Volvo will introduce a faster T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid. Expect this to deliver similar performance and efficiency to the XC90 T8, with around 400bhp and claimed economy of more than 130mpg.

Being a Volvo, there’ll also be plenty of safety kit on the XC60. As part of the brand’s IntelliSafe systems, the SUV will be kitted out with forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control and autopilot, which allows the car to steer, accelerate and brake itself at speeds of up to 80mph.

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Following the car’s launch in 2017, Volvo will introduce the all-new S60 saloon and V60 estate. At the end of 2017 a new, even smaller XC40 SUV will arrive to complete the trio of SUVs. This will be followed by an all-new V40 hatchback in 2018. At this point, the XC90 will be the oldest car in Volvo’s range, despite only launching in 2014.

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