After eight years of service, the Volvo XC60 is finally being replaced with a new one. Built on the same Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) as the 90 Series models (XC90, S90, V90), the second-gen SUV, set to go into production in mid-April, is chock full of some of Gothenburg’s latest powertrain and safety features.

If you were expecting the new XC60 to look like a scaled-down XC90, then you’re right on the money, but there are a few unique detail changes here and there. The “Thor’s Hammer” headlights that flank the iron mark grille have been retained, but the T-shaped daytime running lights now extend to meet the grille.

The arrangement of the front air intakes, with their prominent “tusks,” are also closer in design to some of Volvo’s earlier concepts. Along the sides, the unbroken shoulder line has been ditched for more prominent rear haunches for a more sculpted look, while a sharp incision low down in the doors provide a chiselled appearance. At the rear, the tail lights extend into the tailgate à la V90.

The new Volvo XC60

Inside, the new XC60 carries the look of the S90 and V90, with vertical air vents and an unbroken frame that stretches across the dashboard. As usual, the brand’s latest Sensus infotainment system with a portrait-format touchscreen and support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto dominates the cabin, but it has received a graphical update to improve usability. There’s also a new CleanZone four-zone climate control system to remove harmful pollutants and particles from the outside.

Under the bonnet, the XC60 comes with a range of 2.0 litre Drive-E turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, including 190 hp D4 and 235 hp D5 diesel models (the latter with PowerPulse technology which debuted on the S90) as well as 254 hp T5 and 320 hp supercharged and turbocharged T6 petrols.

Also available is the T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid, which mates the T6-spec engine with a 87 hp/240 Nm electric motor and a 34 kW crankshaft-mounted starter generator (CISG) to produce a total system output of 407 hp and 640 Nm. This is set to make the XC60 an absolute scorcher, with a quoted zero to 100 km/h sprint time of just 5.3 seconds.

The new Volvo XC60

Of course, no Volvo would be complete without a full suite of safety features. As with the 90 Series models, the XC60 will come with all the latest systems such as Large Animal Detection, Run-off Road Mitigation and optional Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving. However, the smaller car also debuts 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 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.