The first official pictures of 2009 Volvo XC60

Posted on Wednesday, 20 February 2008 , 18:02:25 byEmil

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The first official pictures of 2009 Volvo XC60

Volvo unveiled today the first official pictures and information about the brand new XC60 2009 that will make its world revealing at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Sales of the auto will begin in Europe during the second half of this year, while sales in North America will be in early next year.

The new XC60 model is being launched having a choice of three engines: turbocharged T6 - producing 285 hp, and two versions of the D5 turbodiesel, making 185 and 163 hp respectively. AWD (All Wheel Drive) is fitted as basic. In 2009 Volvo will be adding a new 2.4-litre variant powered by the Euro 5 diesel engine delivering 163 hp and having a CO2 rating of about 170 g/km.

Another important part of the special character of the XC60 is the variety of safety intelligent systems. City Safety is the big news - a unique feature that helps the driver avoiding or reducing the effects of low-speed impacts - common in traffic tailbacks and city traffic. If the vehicle is about to drive into the car in front and the driver doesn`t have any reaction, the auto brakes itself.

Here are the first photos of one of the most exciting new auto this year - the new Volvo XC60! `It`s not only the safest Volvo ever. If you ask me, it`s also the most stunning. Not a bad combination is it?` says Fredrik Arp - Volvo Cars President and CEO. The all-new XC60 has its debut showing in Geneva on March 4 at the international car show and the first autos will reach the dealers in autumn 2008 in Europe.

`This car is charged with more emotive form and more energy than any other Volvo. We`re elevating our design DNA to an entirely new level by literally turning up the visual volume. If you say that you`d recognize a Volvo from a hundred meters away today, I dare say the XC60 radiates a clear Volvo presence from at least twice that distance` says Steve Mattin Volvo Cars Design Director.

`We are the first manufacturer in the world to offer this type of feature as standard. City Safety clearly advertises that the new XC60 is the safest car Volvo has ever produced. The car is packed with our accumulated safety know-how and technology, both when it comes to preventing accidents and protecting all the occupants in a collision` says Fredrik Arp.

One might say that this could be the C30 owner`s next car. It`s as sporty and exciting, but way more capable. With the XC60, we`re widening our model range to attract even more customers with an active urban lifestyle` explains Fredrik Arp.

`During 2009, we will offer a front-wheel driven 2.4-litre version powered by a Euro 5 diesel engine producing 163 horsepower and with a CO2 rating of around 170 g/km` reveals Fredrik Arp.