The Volvo XC60 T5 has received upgrades in the form of more advanced safety systems as well as a new infotainment system with a large 7-inch colour screen. Similar to what is found in the new S60, the new XC60 T5 now has Volvo’s world-first Pedestrian Detection, Collision Warning with its new Full Auto Brake feature and Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist. These enhance the already high safety standards of the car which has City Safety, Blind Spot Information System and Roll Stability Control.
Currently the best-selling Volvo model in the world, the XC60 is considered a ‘Perfect 10’ by the Swedish carmakers. According to Volvo Car Malaysia President Goran Larsson, the XC60 T5 Powershift is targetted at young, discerning drivers looking for an innovative SUV that’s not only enjoyable to drive, but also extremely fuel-efficient.
“Our strong drive to reduce carbon dioxide emissions means that fuel consumption has been cut as well, even though the XC60 T5 has greater torque and horsepower than the XC60 2.0T,” he said, adding that the model is assembled locally at Volvo’s own plant in Shah Alam, Selangor.
The advanced Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake detects pedestrians on the road and first warns the driver by various means (sound and warning lights). Should the driver fail to act in time, the system will automatically apply maximum braking power. The system is operational up to speeds of 35 km/h and extensive R&D over the past 10 years has resulted in a high degree of form-recognition to enable the computer to identify human shapes ahead.
|Pedestrian Detection System identifies human forms and alerts the driver. If the driver does not brake if an accident is imminent, the system automatically applies maximum braking force
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with improved Queue Assist is a more sophisticated cruise control system. In conventional cruise control systems, the car is set to run at a specific speed and the driver must pay attention to traffic ahead to avoid a collision. If there is a car in front and the driver presses the brake pedal, the cruise control system deactivates. To resume cruise control requires manual re-activation.
Volvo’s new, radar-based system dispenses with the need for driver intervention when the system is switched on (though, for safety reasons, the driver should not doze off too!). It automatically maintains a set gap to the vehicle in front and works at speeds up to 200km/h. Even at speeds below 30 km/h, the system can maintain the set cruising speed so it’s great when there is a lot of traffic.
|Various sensors on the windscreen and in the radiator grille constantly monitor the road ahead for cars and pedestrians, sending data to the on-board computer to determine if braking is needed
There’s also Collision Warning with a new Full Auto Brake feature which works from 4 to 180 km/h. If the XC60 approaches another vehicle from behind and the driver does not react, the system alerts the driver with audible and visual signals. If the risk of a collision continues to increase despite the warning, the 4-wheel disc brake system is activated.
The XC60 T5 has a comprehensive suite of safety features and among them are Roll Stability Control (RSC) and Roll-Over Protection System (ROPS), both of which were developed for the XC90, Volvo’s first SUV. Understanding that a SUV has a Sensorshigher centre of gravity, Volvo engineers developed RSC which helps stabilize the car and reduces the risk of rolling over in an accident. If a rollover accident occurs, ROPS helps to protect the passengers.
The XC60’s Human Machine Interface (HMI) is said to bring a cutting-edge level with its new infotainment system, the Volvo Sensus, which aims to allow drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. The Sensus presents information from the audio unit and other functions on an upgraded 7” colour screen, which is accessible via steering-wheel controls.
Audiophiles will be impressed with the high-performance multimedia system with 8 speakers and a 4x40W amplifier. Unlike the CD player found on the XC60 2.0T, the T5 is fitted with a DVD player with a mp3 decoder while the Bluetooth handsfree system now comes with a new audio streaming feature.
|Front and rear lights of XC60 have unique appearances that identify the model even from far away
Under the bonnet, the XC60 T5’s 2-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine produces 240 bhp with 320 Nm of torque (from 1800 rpm). The 6-speed dual-clutch Powershift transmission delivers power to all four wheels via the AWD system.
The new XC60 T5 Powershift is priced at RM289,950 (without insurance) and can be viewed at all Volvo showrooms nationwide, including Swedish Marque in the Klang Valley.
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