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New Volvo XC60 priced to target German SUVs

Volvo’s new XC60 has gone on sale, with entry-level pricing of £37,205 (OTR) competing directly with rivals such as the X3, Q5 and GLC.

Revealed last month, the new model draws heavily on the larger XC90 in both design and technology. It replaces Volvo’s global best-selling model, which also accounted for more than a third of its 46,696 UK sales last year, only a few hundred units apart from the V40.

Engine line-up will initially come with all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard and will offer three 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engines, covering the 190bhp D4 and 235bhp D5 diesels and the 254bhp T5 petrol. A T8 Twin Engine petrol-electric plug-in hybrid will join the range later in the year.

Emissions from launch start from 133g/km for the 187bhp D4 with official combined fuel consumption of up to 55.4mpg.

Trim levels will cover Momentum, R-Design and Inscription, with each offering a higher-spec Pro variant. Standard equipment includes 9-inch touch screen, sat nav, leather upholstery, voice-activation system, LED headlights and power-operated tailgate.

In addition, Steer Assist has been added to the City Safety suite of intervention technologies and provides steering assistance to help avoid low-speed collisions. The optional Pilot Assist semi-autonomous drive function is also available across the range.

First deliveries of the new XC60 start in Q3 2017.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 14 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie works across the magazine portfolio and updates the company websites with daily news, interviews and road test content.