Volvo began production of its second-generation XC60 today in Torslanda, Sweden. The midsize crossover has entered global markets and is expected to go on sale in the U.S. later this year.
The first 2018 Volvo XC60 to roll off the line was a Crystal White-painted T5 Inscription AWD, which features a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine producing 250 hp. Buyers can also choose between two other engines for the XC60: a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter with 316 hp or a plug-in hybrid that makes 400 hp. Diesel models will also be available in some markets.
“This is a proud day for everyone at the plant,” said Magnus Nilsson, vice president of the Torslanda plant, in a recent press release. “We have worked hard in recent weeks and months to prepare Torslanda for this latest new Volvo model, and now we are ready to start delivering new XC60s to customers.”
The new model replaces the previous XC60, which is almost a decade old. During its run, nearly a million units were sold worldwide. The crossover accounts for about 30 percent of Volvo’s total sales.
In the future, Volvo could produce the XC60 at its new South Carolina plant that comes online next year. The plant is already set to produce the related S60 sedan, and building crossovers in the U.S. could prove advantageous given the popularity of the body style on our shores.