The Volvo XC60 has been updated for 2013 with the addition of a new diesel model, new features and, fittingly for the safety-focused Swedish brand, a raft of safety technology.
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The new Volvo XC60 D4 variant, which starts at $58,490, adds a second diesel option to the range, slotting in beneath the existing $62,490 Volvo XC60 D5. The XC60 D4 follows in the footsteps of the entry-level $55,490 Volvo XC60 T5 petrol, providing buyers with another front-wheel-drive option.

The new D4 engine is a 2.0-litre five-cylinder turbocharged diesel unit producing 120kW at 3500rpm and 400Nm between 2500-4600rpm. Fuel efficiency sits at a combined 6.9 litres per 100km with average CO2 emissions of 182 grams per kilometre.

With active safety being a long-standing Volvo ethos, the updated 2013 Volvo XC60 sees three new technologies added to the options list: active high beam, which uses the forward-facing camera to recognise traffic oncoming and ahead, and automatically switches between high beam and low beam accordingly; road sign information, which displays detected speed limits and other selected road sign information in the instrument panel; and automatic headlights.

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The car’s collision warning/pedestrian detection camera system has also been upgraded, along with Volvo’s pioneering city safety collision avoidance technology – now operational at speeds up to 50km/h.

Other changes across the Volvo XC60 range include an illuminated gearshift, revised rear badges and optional 20-inch Avior alloy wheels. A new ‘Rebel Blue’ exterior paint colour has also been added.

Volvo XC60 manufacturer’s list price:

  • Volvo XC60 T5 - $55,490
  • Volvo XC60 T5 Teknik - $60,490
  • Volvo XC60 3.2 - $59,990
  • Volvo XC60 3.2 Teknik - $64,990
  • Volvo XC60 D4 - $58,490
  • Volvo XC60 D4 Teknik - $63,490
  • Volvo XC60 D5 - $62,490
  • Volvo XC60 D5 Teknik - $67,490
  • Volvo XC60 D5 R-Design - $72,490
  • Volvo XC60 T6 - $68,490
  • Volvo XC60 T6 Teknik - $73,490
  • Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design - $78,490