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Swedish luxury abound in the XC60’s cabin, it’s a fantastic place to be – one that oozes an aura of classic calm with a bit of excitement. Its state-of-the-art layout and element management make it necessary to stop and appreciate the sheer attention to detail that has gone into so many outstanding elements. The bare Driftwood trim on the dash, the doors, and the sliding storage cover, as well as the aluminium trim accents accentuating areas of the cabin look at home with their contrast yet complete the flow in harmony.

Perforated Nappa leather adorns the seats, available in a choice of three shades: Maroon Brown, Amber and Blond. After all, only the finest upholstery makes it to one of the most important models to arrive to India. The seats are heated and ventilated and offer a massage function. The 12.3-inch touch display with its tile selection makes the interface more phone-like and easy to use. The noted premium sound system from Bowers & Wilkins with 15 speakers is also standard, as is its ability to replicate the Gothenburg concert hall. Then, there’s plethora of new safety equipment that, on earlier models, needed to be deactivated for reasons related to radio frequency bands.

The XC60 packs everything from the global market – pilot assist, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot information, cross- and oncoming-traffic alerts, road sign information, lane-keeping aid, collision mitigation, run-off-road protection, park assist pilot, among others – making it the most cutting-edge offering in its class, with more advanced and capable active and passive safety features than its competition; in a similar vein as its impressive predecessor did back in 2009.

The safety kit isn’t the only highlight, the new XC60 is more powerful. Making it go is the motor that still burns the most popular fuel here – a 2.0-litre i-ART injection twin-turbo diesel four-cylinder Drive-E engine making 235 PS and 480 Nm. Power is handled by an eight-speed torque-converter automatic that sends it to all four wheels – with the focus on the front. Depending on need, all the power is funnelled to the front axle, with the rear engaged through a new-gen Haldex coupling, getting up to 50 per cent of the drive when needed.

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About the author: Jim Gorde


Automotive Correspondent at Bike India and Car India.
Believes that learning never stops. Loves V8 engines as much as a good breakfast.
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