The 2022 Volvo XC60 mid-size SUV has received a mid-life facelift, with the first examples to arrive in Australian showrooms in the third quarter of 2021 (July to September).
As per other recent-facelifted Volvo models including the S90, V90 and XC90, changes for the updated XC60 are largely cosmetic, headlined by a tweaked exterior design with new front and rear bumpers across the range.
Momentum (bottom) and Inscription models' new front bumpers are similar in appearance to that fitted to the new C40 Recharge small SUV, while the R-Design (top) and Polestar Engineered opt for a more aggressive design.
All variants feature simpler rear bumpers, while a handful of new 22-inch wheel designs are available.
Above: Volvo XC60 Polestar Engineered interior.
Inside, the updated XC60's central infotainment touchscreen now runs the Android Automotive operating system debuted on the smaller all-electric XC40 Recharge, with Google Maps, Google Assistant, the Google Play Store and over-the-air updates.
Other interior changes comprise a revised centre console layout (with the removal of the current model's drive mode select scroll wheel), tweaked digital instrument cluster graphics, a new wireless phone charger beside the gear selector, and new upholstery and trim inlay choices, including a leather-free 'wool blend' option.
It's unclear whether any changes have been made to the SUV's safety suite or technology package.
Powering the facelifted XC60 when it goes on sale in Australia will be a range of mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid petrol-based drivetrain options, in line with Volvo Australia's discontinuation of non-hybridised petrol and diesel engines from July 2021.
Above: Volvo XC60 B6 Inscription. Bottom of story: Volvo XC60 Momentum.
Available 'B-series' mild-hybrid options in Europe include the 145kW/300Nm B4, 184kW/350Nm B5 and 220kW/420Nm B6 – all driving either the front or all wheels depending on the model, and based around 2.0-litre turbo petrol engines and eight-speed automatic gearboxes.
251kW/590Nm Recharge T6, 288kW/640Nm Recharge T8 and 298kW/670Nm Recharge T8 Polestar Engineered plug-in hybrids are also available on the Continent, with electric-only ranges of around 50km – though it's possible only the Polestar Engineered variant will be offered Down Under, as per the current model.
The 2022 Volvo XC60 facelift will arrive in Australia in the third quarter of 2021 (July to September inclusive), for Model Year 2022 (MY22).
Local pricing and specifications – including which of the six hybrid options will be available Down Under – will be announced closer to launch.