Part of the excitement is to do with the car's City Safety collision avoidance system, which the Swedish company has promised to demonstrate live in Hall 1 of the motor show throughout the 11-day event.
The system is expected to eliminate low speed front-end collisions. If the XC60 is is being driven at speeds of equal or less to 30km/h and the speed differential between the car infront is no more than 15km/h, then accidents will be avoided thanks to the car's ability to automatically brake.
The system uses a set of lasers to monitor cars up to six metres in front and brake in case of the XC60 is approaching another vehicle too quickly. Volvo says that accidents might still happen (depending on distance to the car in front and weather conditions) although the severity of the accident will be reduced.
"Surveys indicate that three-quarters of all reported front-end collisions occur at speeds below 30km/h, and in 50 per cent of those cases the driver doesn't brake at all, front-end collisions often occur at roundabouts, intersections and car parks. They can result in vehicle occupant injury, as well as seemingly minor but expensive-to-repair front-end damage." Volvo managing director Alan Desselss said
The introduction of the system will mean Volvo is once again the leader in modern safety technology, becoming the first manufacturer in the world to offer this type of safety feature as standard across the globe.
The company anticipates that the benefits are more than just accidence avoidance, the insurance industry is expected to offer reduced premiums for owners of cars equipped with the system.
The planned live demonstration at the Sydney motorshow involves the XC60 driving towards an inflated car-sized obstacle, simulating a real-life situation.
"Volvo's City Safety demonstration will add an additional dynamic element to the event and is part of plans to make the show much more than simply a display of new cars," said Australian International Motor Show event manager, Robby Clark.
The Australian International Motor Show will be held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre at Darling Harbour from 9 to 19 October. More information on the show will be available closer to the date.
CarAdvice will also be attending so expect full and live coverage from the show.