The new 2020 Volvo XC60 is being revisited. The redesign of the compact SUV is part of the mid-cycle update. Launched in 2017, the XC60 is still new. But, minor updates are required to stay in touch with other small crossovers in the market. The facelift will bring new colors and changes on the front fascia. Plug-in hybrid system with T8 engine and eAWD is more efficient. Furthermore, changes on the XC60 will be carried over to the Cross Country wagon version of V60 sedan. All in all, it will be worth waiting to see all the redesign modifications of the compact SUV.
The Swedish company established itself as one of the major players in the market. Now, it threats seriously to other vehicles in the premium segment – Mercedes-Benz GLC, BMW X3, Audi Q5, and new Lincoln Nautilus. With a lot of advanced technology, Volvo puts itself in an advantage over the competition. The company announced that they will build an autonomous drive and an electric drivetrain in the future. If this happens, rivals will have to be worried about Volvo’s development and ambitions.
Redesign of the 2020 Volvo XC60
Changes on the 2020 Volvo XC60 will modernize the vehicle. Well, the Swedish company is already delivering stylish and comfortable crossover SUV, but there is always a room for improvements. Outside, minor details will refresh the appearance. Designers are preparing a facelift, but modifications are not going to be too big. Slight changes on headlights and front fascia will be enough to make the look of XC60 more aesthetic and distinctive.
Inside the cabin expect a huge update of the infotainment system. Volvo keeps the pace with modern technologies and its compact SUV will offer the latest features – Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation… Changes in the cabin will take comfort to new levels. The base Momentum model already offers leather seats and advanced technologies. Sunroof with sunshades is there as well. Upper R-Design trim adds premium audio system and larger infotainment screen. This version will get again the unique grille and set of wheels to make its appearance more distinctive. Inscription is the top-notch deal with special upgrades.
Another advantage of the 2020 Volvo XC60 is its colors range. For the new season, the company plans a refreshment. We still don’t know if Volvo plans to add a couple of paints to the offer, or they will radically change the palette. Still, this is going to improve the visual impression and draw more buyers.
The new 2020 Volvo XC60 is getting more self-driving features. The company is developing an electric vehicle that will be able to go independently. Well, drivers still need to monitor and react if needed. We can expect to see the XC60 with at least Level 2 of the autonomous drive. Level 3 is still advanced technology and Volvo is developing this one for the upcoming electric SUV.
2020 Volvo XC60 Specs
Under the hood of the 2020 Volvo XC60 will be T5, T6, and T8 engines. The entry-level model is a T5. That is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit that is capable to produce 250 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The power goes through an eight-speed transmission and buyers can choose between front- and all-wheel drive.
A T6 configuration uses the same petrol drivetrain as the base. Supercharged, this engine is capable to produce 315 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Some will say this is pretty much for the compact SUV. The same transmission is available as for the T5, but it redirects power to all four corners only. Fuel economy is not harmed compared to T5 AWD. Front-wheel drive system consumes less gasoline.
2020 Volvo XC60 Plug-In Hybrid T8 eAWD
The star of the lineup is definitely the plug-in hybrid T8 engine. It uses a special all-wheel drive system. But, let’s see what kind of configuration this setup offers. The same 2.0-liter engine is under the hood, the supercharged one. Electric motors are raising the outputs to 400 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. By using only electric power, Volvo XC60 can go 26 miles. It sprints to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds. Top speed is 145 mph. The fuel economy of the Plug-In hybrid T8 eAWD configuration is 60 mpg.
The new 2020 Volvo XC60 will keep the same price as its predecessor. The base T5 FWD configuration costs $40,000. If you want an AWD, then the price jumps to $43k. Well, for just $4,000 you can add 65 hp and 35 lb-ft via T6 setup. As you can guess, the most expensive is the T8 plug-in hybrid eAWD model that starts above $57,000. These are the expected prices for the entry-level Momentum trim. The R-Design bumps the price for about $7,000 and Inscription adds another grand. The T8 configuration with PHEV technology will come with a price sticker above $65,000.