Volvo, as an automobile manufacturer, has been around for 92 years and has produced some of the most 2nd hand cars in the world. The Swedish company arrived in India in 1998 and began to sell cars of all types including SUVs, sedans, and station wagons in the country. Now, the company has announced two new models that are set to be launched in India this year. Let’s take a look at those models and learn a bit more about them.
|Volvo V60 Cross Country||45.0 Lakh|
|Volvo S60 2019||45.0 Lakh|
|Expected Launch||November 10, 2019|
|Engine||2.0L Twin-Turbocharged D4 Diesel, 2.0L T5 Petrol|
The upcoming Volvo V60 Cross Country is essentially the popular V60 with a few tweaks and touch-ups. In terms of looks, the V60 Cross Country has the same grille found on the regular V60 with the same LED headlamps placed on either side of it. The front bumper remains the same as well with large air dams carved into the plastic in front. In the rear, the V60 Cross Country features the same taillights and exhaust tips as is seen on the standard V60 car. The only visible difference on the outside of the V60 Cross Country is the charcoal plastic wheel arches. Apart from that, the car also has a 60mm ground clearance advantage from its original variant. Even on the inside, the V60 Cross Country looks practically identical to the V60 and comes with a touchscreen console that is remarkably easy to use. The leather seats in front are very comfortable and with the adjustable steering wheel, there is no problem in finding a suitable driving position. Powering the car is a 2.0L Twin-Turbocharged D4 diesel engine that is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and offers an impressive 187bhp. Although there is no other engine option at the moment, Volvo has said that a 2.0L T5 petrol engine will be made available in the coming months which will produce 247bhp. The other distinguishing feature between the V60 and the Cross Country is that the latter offers Four-Wheel-Drive and comes with hill-descent control which is perfect for off-road driving. While the standard V60 was a direct competitor to the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate, the BMW 3 Series Estate, and the Audi A4 Estate, the V60 Cross Country’s has only one competitor currently – the Audi A4 Allroad. Priced at about 45.0 lakhs and offering some exciting features, the V60 Cross Country could be one of the biggest SUV options in the country and a simple used car valuation tool can help you own the model easily.
|Expected Launch||November 20, 2019|
|Engine||2.0L 4-Cylinder Turbo Petrol|
In an industry that is consumed by a sudden trend of SUV enthusiasm, the 2019 Volvo S60 is more a breath of fresh air that one might think. Although this sedan is based on the same platform as its 7-seater compatriot – the XC90, the new S60 offers the old-school customer so much more. For starters, the car is powered only by petrol engines and will not use diesel as an option anytime soon. There are hybrid options though, that could find the interest of some buyers. Currently, in the UK, Volvo offers the 2019 S60 in a total of 5 variants – all of which will house a 2.0L 4-cylinder Turbo-petrol engine. The T4 and T5 variants will offer 190bhp and 250bhp respectively as well as automatic transmission and Front-Wheel-Drive. A 306bhp All-Wheel-Drive T6 engine is also available while a couple of T8 petrol and plug-in hybrid engines offering 400bhp complete the list. How many of these variants will actually make it to India is unknown but we can at least expect the T4 and T5 models to feature this year. While Volvo is a company that has been releasing cars regularly since 2014, most of the models feature similar exteriors as well as interiors and that trend carried over to the 2019 S60 as well. A touchscreen panel is fitted into the center console in portrait style which is easy to use and helps control the car settings quicker. In terms of audio, the car houses a Bowers & Wilkins stereo setup that provides top-quality sound. The rest of the interiors include leather-clad seats, a leather steering wheel, digital dashboard and instrument cluster, air condition vents, and power windows among others.
Volvo has always been a major contender in the SUV and sedan segment in India and with these two upcoming models, there could definitely be an increase in RC transfer preparations. Offering premium features and a price tag that won’t hurt too badly, these upcoming Volvo cars should stir things up in the market and bring some competition to brands like Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi. Do you think these Volvo models can make a mark in the industry today or will they fall short when compared to the other big names available?
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