Volvo says the new XC60 concept car coming to the 2007 Detroit auto show in January will presage a new crossover due to join its lineup in 2009.
The Swedish subsidiary of Ford offers that the XC60 is a companion piece to the C30 hatchback shown at various auto shows since last year, and going on sale in early 2007.
With the sporting intention of a coupe and the all-weather capability of an XC Volvo, the XC60 concept is a fairly good indication of how the production XC60 will look when it joins the company’s lineup near the end of the decade.
Volvo calls the XC60 a “small premium utility vehicle,” and predicts that while few vehicles are in the segment now (think Acura RDX and BMW X3), the segment will expand to at least ten competitors, from Audi’s Q5 to the anticipated Cadillac and Saab compact crossovers.
The XC60 is also the first conduit for Volvo’s new “City Safety” system of occupant protection technology. The system will cut down on low-speed collisions by using automatic braking up to 18.6 mph. Volvo says if the potential accident happens at less than 9.3 miles per hour, the system could avert it entirely.
The XC60’s styling is pitched at the same active-lifestyle crowd as the Acura and BMW offerings already in the niche. However, Volvo’s interior is a sleeker thing entirely. The concept’s cabin wears crisp white leather, with gun-slitted seats and a unique center console that’s influenced in style and materials by the iPod.
Stay tuned for more on the XC60 in TheCarConnection’s coverage of the
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