2011 Volvo XC60 First Look

Sleek Never Felt So Safe

2011 Volvo XC60 Side

Volvo continues to innovate with its 2011 Volvo XC60, transforming it into an even sportier and more muscular crossover SUV, designed to appeal to professionals looking for a more unique, upscale alternative in the hyper-competitive luxury crossover field.

For 2011 the Volvo XC60's engines receive minor horsepower increases. The 3.2-liter naturally aspirated engine has been bumped 240 horsepower, and the turbocharged T6 3.0-liter to 300 horsepower. Each engine is available in base spec or R-Design trim.

Key characteristics of the bold new exterior include higher ground clearance, thanks in part to the larger wheels with available 18-inch rims. Tail lamps distribute light in a special way, enhancing the characteristic "Volvo" design, and Active Bi-Xenon headlamps are available. Up top, the roof contour gives the XC60 a more sporty coupe feel, complete with integrated roof rails available in two versions - standard Charcoal, or Silk Metal.

The Volvo XC60's weight is designed to be optimally distributed between the front and rear axles, which contributes to the crossover's good balance and traction, making for a smoother ride, according to Volvo. Volvo's standard All-Wheel Drive Instant Traction system uses an electronically controlled clutch to automatically distribute power between the front and rear wheels whenever the system deems it necessary.

The cargo area, which offers an impressive 67.4 cubic-feet of space with the rear seats folded down, features a practical and convenient load area with a lockable load floor covering two separate storage areas, allowing you to keep items separate from dirty or wet items. The cargo cover extends over the entire load area, and the rear door prevents the floor hatch from being opened when the car is closed and locked. The three-split rear seat and backrest provides two separate seats with an armrest in the middle, or three seats.

The XC60's advanced front structure consists of different grades of steel, each one playing a different role in helping to minimize the damage in a collision. Side structures, also with different grades of steel and a number of tubes and members are all designed to "move" the body to the side, helping to reduce the risk of passenger compartment intrusion. Volvo's Side Impact Protection System helps absorb incoming collision forces in order to maintain adequate safety space for the passengers.

The 2011 XC60 is the only SUV in its segment to earn the NHTSA's top honors in each seating position, which doesn't come as a surprise given Volvo's well-worn safety reputation. And it's the only unconditionally NHTSA-tested SUV in its segment to be rated 5 stars in front, side and overall crash worthiness.

Along with the tougher exterior comes a range of other safety features. City Safety allows the XC60 to react at a low speed to help prevent or reduce rear-end collisions. Other standard features include roll stability control, six airbags, and four-wheel anti-lock brakes. There are also optional features including Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake and adaptive cruise control that help amp up the XC60's safety protection even further.

Entertainment options have also improved, and the XC60 now features a standard 7-inch high-definition color screen integrated into the upper part of the center console and HD radio for high performance sound. Optional features include a Dynaudio sound system, Keyless Drive, and a Panoramic Moonroof.

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