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by Matt Brogan

Volvo’s stunning XC60 was introduced this morning by Volvo Cars Australia Managing Director Alan Desselss and Olympic Sprinter Matt Shirvington to a crowd seemingly pleased to receive such a good looking SUV.

Celebrating its Asia-Pacific premiere at AIMS, the XC60.

Volvo’s stunning XC60 aims at taking owners into new worlds of automotive adventure.

“The boldest crossover so far. This car is charged with more emotive form and far more energy than any previous Volvo model.” Volvo Cars Design Director, Steve Mattin.

One of the features that sets the XC60 apart is the new City Safety system, which will automatically brake in case of an imminent accident (traffic conditions).

Volvo has announced that by 2020, as part of the company’s 2020 Mobility vision, no deaths or injuries should occur in any Volvo cars.

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The XC60 will be available in Australia with the choice of a 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder twin-scroll turbocharged petrol engine producing 210kW with 400Nm of torque, or with its 2.4-litre inline five-cylinder turbodiesel producing 136kW and 400Nm of torque.

Both engines will come standard with Volvo’s Geartronic six-speed automatic.

Using Volvo’s All Wheel Drive with Instant Traction system, the XC60 also comes with Hill Descent Control (HDC), Dynamic Stability and Traction Control system (DSTC), which now incorporates Roll Stability Control (RSC) to detect and correct instability in the early stages.

The XC60 will be built at Volvo Car Corporation’s factory in Ghent, Belgium and is expected to go on sale in Australia in March 2009 at an indicative price of around $60,000.

Further details on Australian specification will be available closer to the local introduction date.




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