The new Volvo XC60 has officially arrived in South Africa, with the local range comprising 12 derivatives.
While we published pricing as long ago as mid-March, the change in South Africa’s VAT rate (which kicked in at the start of April 2018) has seen the numbers change slightly. Check out the latest full pricing at the bottom of this story.
Locally, the new XC60 is offered with the choice of two diesel engines and two petrol units, each mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and each boasting all-wheel drive as standard. Buyers can choose from three trim levels.
Interestingly, Volvo Car South Africa says the T8 Twin Engine petrol plug-in hybrid is “being considered” for our market, but emphasises that there is “no planned introduction date at this stage”.
Diesel fans will be able to choose between the D4 (140 kW and 400 N.m) and D5 (173 kW and 480 N.m), while those who prefer petrol will have the choice of the T5 (187 kW and 350 N.m) and T6 (235 kW and 400 N.m).
The second-generation version of the premium crossover – which will do battle against the likes of the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC and Jaguar F-Pace – was revealed in March 2017. We drove it in Spain a few months thereafter. In March 2018, of course, the XC60 drove away with the World Car of the Year award.
“Locally, the XC60 is our most successful model to date. With the all-new version built on our SPA platform and incorporating all the safety and connectivity features seen in the XC90, we expect the new version to notably increase our share in the premium SUV segment,” said Greg Maruszewski, managing director of Volvo Car SA.
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