New generation of City Safety: Steering support

The new Volvo XC60 is set to debut on March 7 at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, and aside from releasing some teasers to whet our appetites, Volvo is also revealing some key details of the next-gen premium crossover ahead of the unveiling, focusing on – what else? – safety.

Naturally, the new XC60 will come with all the safety features from its larger 90 Series (XC90, S90, V90) siblings, such as Large Animal Detection, Run-off Road Mitigation and optional Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving. However, the smaller car will also debut a host of its own technologies, which are focused on steering the driver out of trouble.

The company’s City Safety system, which includes automated emergency braking, has been augmented with steering support, which kicks in should the car detect that braking alone will not prevent a collision. In such cases, the system will provide steering assistance to avoid obstacles such as vehicles, pedestrians and large animals, at speeds between 50 and 100 km/h.

Also set to be introduced is Oncoming Lane Mitigation, which steers the vehicle back into its lane if the driver wanders out into oncoming traffic; the system is active between 60 km/h and 140 km/h. The optional Blind Spot Information System has also been upgraded and will now be able to steer the car back into its own lane if a lane change is conducted with a vehicle in the driver’s blind spot.

Set to be based on the same Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) as the 90 Series, the next XC60 is set to grow larger, with a longer wheelbase. Expect the latest Drive-E 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbo petrol and diesel engines, along with 1.5 litre three-cylinder versions and a T5 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid.