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25th March, 2011

  • All new 2.0-litre turbo GTDi petrol engine available in XC60 T5
  • New entry price point for XC60 with front-drive T5 starting at $54,150* (MLP*)
  • More power and torque and improved efficiency for T6 engine
  • New infotainment systems with Harman Kardon speakers
  • More features for Adaptive Cruise Control improves safety
  • Bluetooth standard for all models
  • Emergency Brake Lights standard across the range

Volvo Cars Australia has expanded its XC60 range with the introduction of an all-new entry-level front-wheel drive T5 variant.

The new model complements a range of changes to the XC60 that include equipment revisions, improved safety features and upgraded six cylinder engines.

With a Manufacturer's List Price* (MLP*) starting at $54,150*, Volvo Car Australia Managing Director Matt Braid says the new XC60 T5 model will appeal to customers who require a spacious, safe, economical, and comfortable SUV without the need for all-wheel drive capability.

"The XC60 has already proven its credentials as one of the safest, most stylish and versatile prestige SUVs on the market and with the addition of the new T5 model we have further expanded its appeal," Mr. Braid says.

"Powered by the all-new 2.0-litre GTDi engine mated to a smooth shifting dual clutch transmission, it offers superb value for those who appreciate the safety, flexibility, style and luxury features of the XC60."

At the centre of the new Volvo XC60 T5 is the new generation 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol GTDi (Gasoline Turbocharged Direct injection) engine that recently debuted in the S60 sedan.

With a maximum power output of 177 kW at 5,500 rpm and peak torque of 320 Nm across a very broad rev range from 1,800 rpm to 5,000 rpm, the compact and lightweight engine provides the XC60 T5 with superb performance while delivering excellent fuel economy.

The new all-aluminium 16-valve engine meets the latest Euro 5 emissions standards and in the XC60 T5 has a combined fuel consumption of 8.7 l/100 km and CO2 emissions of 207 g/km while at the same time, it will propel the SUV from 0-100 km/h in 8.1 seconds.

Achieving such low fuel consumption is, in part, aided by the new transmission with the GTDi engine matched to a dual clutch six-speed Powershift transmission that offers both extremely quick and smooth gear changes and improved efficiency.

In addition to the introduction of the new GTDi engine, the range-topping T6 engine has also undergone a substantial overhaul that has increased both power and torque while modifications to reduce friction and improve efficiency have resulted in lower fuel consumption.

The new 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder T6 engine delivers performance gains with maximum power output increased from 210 kW to 224 kW, while the peak torque has been stepped up from 400 Nm to 440 Nm.

Through improvements to the engine's efficiency as well as the introduction of a new Electro Hydraulic Power Assisted Steering system, regenerative braking and revised mapping of the six-speed Geartronic automatic transmission software, the XC60 T6 now has a combined fuel consumption of just 10.5 l/100 km and CO2 emissions of 251 g/km.

At the same time, the naturally aspirated 3.2-litre six cylinder has also had a minor power gain of 4 kW with the maximum output now 179 kW while peak torque remains the same at a substantial 320 Nm.

Along with the significant powertrain changes, Volvo has also introduced a range of upgraded features that come together in a stylish new interior design that mirrors the new S60.

Most prominent is the new tunnel console and modified centre stack that houses the new 'infotainment' modules. Depending on the level of audio system, the centre stack presents a full colour 5-inch or 7-inch screen that displays all audio system, navigation, mobile phone and other functions. The screen is positioned high up in the driver's field of vision to make it easy to keep eyes safely on the road and all functions can be operated via steering wheel buttons.

The standard High Performance Sound system combines a 5-inch screen, AM/FM radio and single slot MP3 compatible CD player and eight speakers. The mid-range optional High Performance Multimedia system gains a larger 7-inch screen and DVD player replacing the CD player while the top of the range Premium Sound system also features an additional four speakers and full Dolby Pro Logic II Surround System audio processing.

The new infotainment systems also now incorporate Bluetooth connectivity standard across the entire XC60 range allowing both safe hands-free phone operation and audio streaming from compatible devices.

To ensure a crisp and clear audio quality, whether it is for a phone call or to listen to your favourite tunes, all Volvo XC60 models now feature high quality speakers sourced from audio specialist Harman Kardon.

Volvo is renowned for the level of safety built into its cars and for 2011, the XC60 features a number of upgrades including the standard fitment of the Emergency Brake Light (EBL) system that causes the brakes to flash rapidly under harsh braking to warn following vehicles.

Structurally, the XC60 benefits from additional reinforcements between the A and B pillars for the Side Impact Protection System (SIPS) and the rear head restraint cushions are firmer and have been moved forward slightly to help reduce whiplash injuries for rear passengers.

Functionality of the optional third generation Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) has also been substantially increased with the addition of Queue Assist, Pedestrian Detection and Full Auto Brake to further increase safety.

ACC allows drivers to automatically maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front using a radar sensor and digital camera integrated with the cruise control and for the third generation system introduced for 2011, it offers full braking capability.

If the vehicle in front suddenly brakes and a collision is likely, the system alerts the driver with a flashing red light on the windscreen and an audible signal. If the driver fails to react and a collision is imminent, the system immediately applies full braking force.

In slow moving city traffic up to 30 km/h, the new Queue Assist function allows drivers to simply press a button and the cruise control automatically adapts your speed to allow you to smoothly tail the vehicle in front.

This third generation collision avoidance technology also warns you if a pedestrian unexpectedly steps out in front of your car with a flashing red warning light on the windscreen and an audible alarm.

While the XC60 is well equipped for comfort and convenience, for 2011, Volvo has added even more luxury features in conjunction with a revised model line-up.

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The new T5 model shares its standard specification with the 2.4-litre five-cylinder D5 and 3.2 six cylinder petrol models and includes Electronic Climate Control, cruise control, electric windows, heated retractable exterior mirrors and driver seat with memory, leather trim, rain sensor windscreen wipers, rear park assist, High Performance audio system with auxiliary and USB inputs, Bluetooth connectivity and 17-inch alloy wheels.

The High Performance audio and rain sensor wipers are new additions for the D5 and 3.2, which also gain Hill Decent Control as standard. A full complement of safety features includes City Safety, ABS, Dynamic Stability and Traction control (DSTC) Roll Stability Control (RSC), Emergency Brake Light (EBL), and driver and front passenger front and side airbags and Inflatable Curtain airbags.

The top of the range T6 model features all this and Volvo's Interior Air Quality System (IAQS), laminated side windows and a power-operated tailgate and for 2011 also gains electric adjustment for the front passenger seat with seat heating for both front seats.

For those who are after an even more sporting design, both the T6 and D5 models are also offered in R-Design variants that feature Volvo's distinctive exterior body enhancements with stylish 18-inch alloy wheels and bespoke interior trim highlights and features.

To further personalise the XC60, customers are also offered three option packs with the Lifestyle Pack available on T5, D5 and 3.2 variants. This includes power-operated tailgate, electric front passenger seat, heated front seats, 18-inch alloy wheels and IAQS.

All models are available with the Driver Support Pack that includes the upgraded Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) system, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), and Lane Departure Warning (LDW).

The third value added Teknik option pack also available for all models comprises Volvo Navigation System (VNS), Active Bending Lights (ABL), Rear Park Camera, High Performance Multimedia Sound system and a compass in the rear view mirror.

2011 XC60 Pricing

T5 $54,150*
D5 $60,450*
D5 R-Design $64,650*
T6 $66,450*
T6 R-Design $70,650*

NOTE: * Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice.


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