2022 Volvo XC60 production launches next week [Update]

Introducing the restyled Volvo XC60 in March, Volvo Cars said production is scheduled to begin at the end of May. Volvo Cars spokesperson Magnus Holst had revealed to TopElectricSUV that the new Volvo XC60 production is on track despite the various challenges in the auto industry.

The start of production for the new facelifted XC60 will start during next week – all according to plan.

Magnus Holst, Communication Strategist, Volvo Cars (May 24, 2021)

The Volvo XC60 facelift is already available to order in some regions, such as Sweden, Switzerland, Netherlands, Poland, Luxembourg, UK, Germany, and Finland. The refresh made its motor show debut at Auto Shanghai 2021 (April) and pictures from info.xcar.com.cn gave a close look at Volvo Cars’ restyled XC60 in the metal.

The B5 variant comes with a 2.0-liter gasoline engine that features a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. Plug-in hybrid powertrains are available, and we’ve covered that further in the story.

The new Volvo XC60 features fresh styling, a new Android-powered infotainment system with Google apps and services built-in, and several other revisions. The updates are set to build the mid-size SUV’s appeal, which has reached more than 1.68 million customers since January 2009.

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Exterior & Interior

The 2022 Volvo XC60 comes in four trims – Momentum, Inscription, R-Design, and Polestar Engineered. Momentum would be exclusive to the mild-hybrid, while Polestar Engineered would be exclusive to the Recharge plug-in hybrid variant.

The Volvo XC60 facelift features a new grille, sportier bumpers at the front and rear, and new wheels. The new bumpers have vertical side air inlets instead of horizontal cuts, while the rear bumpers, unlike those of the old model, don’t house exhaust tips. Here Volvo seems to be accustoming customers for the next-gen XC60 where there would be an all-electric powertrain. Further, there are two new exterior color options for MY2022: Platinum Grey and Silver Dawn.

The interior of the 2022 XC60 looks the same. However, there’s one big change that customers will appreciate. Volvo has swapped out the old infotainment system with one that runs Google’s Android operating system and supports over-the-air (OTA) updates. It’s possible to use the infotainment system with simple “Hey Google” voice commands.

With the new XC60, Volvo Cars has introduced a new Digital Services Package that gives access to Google apps and services like Google Assistant, Google Maps, and many native in-car apps via Google Play. The data required for these features is included in the package. Depending on the market, the premium sound system is either a 1,100-watt, 15-speaker Bowers and Wilkins unit or a 600-watt, 14-speaker Harman Kardon unit.

2022 Volvo XC60 (facelift) interior dashboard
The 2022 Volvo XC60’s main highlight is its new Android-powered infotainment system. Pictured is the Chinese market specification. Image Source: info.xcar.com.cn

The 2022 Volvo XC60 is available with new interior materials, including more sustainable, leather-free options as well as the City Weave textile upholstery.

2022 Volvo XC60 powertrain

The 2022 XC60 is available in only mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants.

2022 Volvo XC60 mild-hybrid specs

PowertrainPowerTorque
Gasoline B4 FWD145 kW (194 hp)300 Nm (221 Lb.-Ft.)
Diesel B4 FWD145 kW (194 hp)420 Nm (310 Lb.-Ft.)
Diesel B4 AWD145 kW (194 hp)420 Nm (310 Lb.-Ft.)
Gasoline B5 FWD184 kW (247 hp)350 Nm (258 Lb.-Ft.)
Gasoline B5 AWD184 kW (247 hp)350 Nm (258 Lb.-Ft.)
Diesel B5 AWD173 kW (232 hp)480 Nm (354 Lb.-Ft.)
Gasoline B6 AWD220 kW (295 hp)420 Nm (310 Lb.-Ft.)

2022 Volvo XC60 PHEV specs

PowertrainPowerTorquePure Electric Range (WLTP)
Gasoline-Electric T6 AWD251 kW (336 hp)590 Nm (435 Lb.-Ft.)53 km (33 miles)
Gasoline-Electric T8 AWD288 kW (386 hp)640 Nm (472 Lb.-Ft.)53 km (33 miles)

Safety

The 2022 XC60 is safer than the old model, as it comes equipped with the latest Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) sensor platform. With this platform, the SUV can detect other road users, brake automatically if required, and avoid collisions. The system uses cameras, radars, and ultrasonic sensors. It also allows for “gentle driver support” from standstill up to highway speeds via the Pilot Assist function.

2022 Volvo XC60 release date

The first units of the 2022 Volvo XC60 should reach showrooms in Europe in the coming weeks. The new XC60 should reach the U.S. showrooms in the second half of the year. In China, possibly the new XC60’s debut market, the launch is scheduled for June 11, 2021, reports autohome.com.cn.

Zhongjia Automobile Manufacturing (Chengdu) manufactures the Volvo XC60 in China at its Chengdu plant. Zhejiang Haoqing Automobile Manufacturing, owned by Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, conducts final testing, and then the units are sent to Volvo Cars. Zhejiang Haoqing Automobile Manufacturing is compensated for the cost of conducting final testing.

For global markets, including the U.S., Volvo Cars builds the XC60 itself at the Torslanda plant in Sweden.

2022 Volvo XC60 price

Prices of the new Volvo XC60 in the U.S. aren’t announced. In some of the global markets where it is available to order, here are the base prices:

Country2022 Volvo XC60 mild-hybrid base price2022 Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid base price
SwedenSEK 435,000SEK 585,000
SwitzerlandCHF 58,000CHF 73,400
NetherlandsEUR 42,790EUR 61,900
LuxembourgEUR 47,334EUR 59,711
PolandPLN 184,850PLN 239,900
FinlandEUR 55,237EUR 63,600
UKGBP 41,745GBP 51,590
GermanyEUR 46,800EUR 67,600

For 2021, Volvo Cars has also subtly updated the XC90 for the year with ‘hidden’ exhaust tips.

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