2015 Volvo XC60

Scandinavian Crossover Boasts Advanced New Engine. A luxurious and technologically advanced crossover.

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For 2015, Volvo's luxurious crossover gains a new high-tech engine and a longer name. The XC60 receives minor updates to the interior and exterior as well, but the big news is Volvo's new "Drive-E" powertrain. Aimed at streamlining production, all of Volvo's Drive-E motors will share a common architecture and 2.0 liter displacement. These engines will replace the five and six-cylinder mills currently used in the S60, V60 and other models, but will retain Volvo's T5 and T6 designations. For the T5 version, the Drive-E motor will have a single turbo and be tuned to produce 241 horsepower.

The big news for our T6 version, however, is an engine that uses both a supercharger and a turbo, the only "twincharged" motor of its kind currently on sale in the US. Yielding over 300 horsepower and 295 lb/ft of torque, available from 1400 to 4000 RPM, this engine uses the crank-driven supercharger to boost low-end torque and account for turbo lag, then switches over to the more efficient, exhaust-driven turbocharger at higher RPMs, once that turbo has had time to spool up. This strategy allows for a small engine with a big turbo, a combination which otherwise would suffer from turbo lag and overly peaky power delivery. The advantage to the small engine displacement is that it pays big dividends in fuel-economy. Volvo says this new motor in the XC60 T6 Drive-E, backed by an 8-speed automatic, boosts fuel efficiency over last year's XC60 T6 by 5 mpg on the highway and 6 mpg in the city.

Featuring all of today's de rigeur efficiency technologies, from variable cam timing to stop-start and electric power steering, the 2015 Volvo XC60 T6 Drive-E is rated at 24 mpg city/ 31 highway, pretty impressive for a crossover with 302 horsepower.

Initially the 2015 Volvo XC60 with the Drive-E motor will be available in front-wheel drive form only, but an all-wheel-drive system is said to be on the way, as is a hybrid version, possibly with electric motors supplying thrust to the rear wheels.

Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, 4-year/50,000 mile powertrain warranty, 3-year/30,000 mile scheduled maintenance

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Specs

Base Price: $40,500

As Tested: $40,500

  • 24 / 31 mpg
  • EPA
  • 6.1 sec
  • 0-60
  • 302 hp
  • Horsepower
  • 122 mph
  • Top Speed
  • Engine: 2.0-liter turbo and supercharged DOHC inline 4
  • Horsepower: 302 hp
  • Torque: 295
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic
  • Curb Weight: 4,100 lbs
  • Wheelbase: 109.2 in
  • Length: 182.8 in
  • Width: 74.4 in
  • Height: 67.4 in
  • Turning circle: 38.4 ft
  • Brakes: F/R: Vented disc/ vented disc with ABS and EBD
  • Suspension: F/R: Ind. MacPherson strut, anti-roll bar/ Ind. multilink, anti-roll bar
  • Traction: Advanced traction control
  • 0-60 mph: 6.1 sec
  • 60-0 mph: 120 ft.
  • Top Speed: 122 mph
  • EPA City: 24 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 31 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 27 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Safety: Volvo City Safety, Lane Departure Warning, Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake, Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection, Driver Alert, Advanced airbags

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