Desperate to forged itself as a forward-thinking automaker, Volvo has acknowledged that it’s going to promote solely EVs beginning in 2030, which is before most rivals. Thus far, the model has two EVs in its secure: the XC40 Recharge and its mechanical twin, the C40 Recharge. Its different Recharge fashions, the XC60 T8 and the XC90 T8, are plug-in hybrids—which may very well be thought-about a half step towards a battery-powered future. Now, the 2 mainstream variations of the Volvo XC60 (the model’s hottest mannequin)—together with the S60 sedan, the S90 sedan, and the V90 Cross Nation wagon—add hybridization to their powertrains, but it surely’s a 48-volt hybrid system, the tiniest child step on the street to electrification.

As earlier than, the XC60’s powertrains all use a 2.0-liter inline-four. The arrival of the 48-volt hybrid system, nevertheless, brings with it a change in nomenclature. The bottom T5 is now often known as B5, whereas the step-up T6 turns into the B6. (The unchanged plug-in-hybrid variants, which provide 19 miles of electric-only vary, proceed because the T8 with 400 whole horsepower, or 415 within the Polestar Engineered mannequin.) All fashions proceed with an eight-speed computerized. The B5 has front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, with AWD customary elsewhere.

The 48-volt system doesn’t increase the facility output of both the B5 or the B6. The bottom powertrain, which is turbocharged, now makes 247 horsepower (down from 250) together with the identical 258 pound-feet of torque as earlier than. The turbocharged and supercharged model, which additionally swaps out its earlier belt-driven supercharger for an electrically pushed blower, slips from 316 horsepower to 295 horsepower however sees a torque enhance from 295 pound-feet to 310.

The hybrid system does assist the XC60 eke out minor fuel-economy features. EPA estimates for the front-wheel-drive base automobile enhance by 1 mpg in each metropolis and freeway assessments, to 23/30 mpg metropolis/freeway. The all-wheel-drive B5 and the B6 each add 1 mpg metropolis in comparison with their 2021 predecessors, with estimates of twenty-two/28 mpg (B5 AWD) and 21/27 mpg (B6).

In a long-term check of an XC60 T6, we averaged 23 mpg over 40,000 miles. We additionally recorded a 0–60 time of 5.4 seconds. Volvo estimates that the brand new B6 model will quit a couple of tenths however says it ought to really feel extra responsive at decrease speeds as a result of the 48-volt starter-generator bolsters horsepower and torque at decrease engine speeds.

With out driving the 2 powertrains again to again, it is onerous to verify that, however the XC60 B6 we drove did not really feel sluggish driving by way of Manhattan or out on the Palisades Parkway by way of New York and New Jersey. Furthermore, the electrical assists do a very good job masking any turbo lag. Response to gentle throttle purposes is now extra linear and fewer surgy, whether or not calling for barely extra velocity or shifting off from a cease.

Talking of the latter, the starter-generator additionally makes for seamless auto restarts, which can maintain extra drivers from switching off the auto stop-start system. Additionally with reference to stop-and-go driving, the change to a brake-by-wire system, to maximise regenerative braking, is one which’s imperceptible from the motive force’s seat, because the brake pedal modulation feels no completely different than a traditional brake system. And lastly, there is a new alert to let an inattentive driver know when the car forward has begun shifting, though it is not as quick-acting because the NYC cabbie behind you.

The XC60’s suspension stays unaltered, and the R-Design automobile we drove was geared up with the non-obligatory 4C adaptive dampers. The adaptive dampers do a very good job quelling physique motions other than some preliminary lean in corners. However driving on the non-obligatory 21-inch wheels, the XC60 nonetheless feels heavy-footed over damaged pavement.

The present XC60 has been round because the 2018 mannequin 12 months, and with 2022 marking the standard mid-cycle refresh level, Volvo obliges with extra adjustments past the mechanicals.

The midpoint makeover features a delicate exterior nip-tuck consisting of a brand new grille texture, a restyled decrease fascia, new wheel designs, and a brand new rear bumper that hides the tailpipes. The best exterior function is one you possibly can’t see: The brand on the heart of the grille is now heated, to forestall ice buildup that might block the sensors contained therein.

Inside, there’s newly obtainable wool mix upholstery, a part of Volvo’s transfer towards extra leather-based alternate options. (The corporate lately introduced that its EVs can be leather-free.) It is a no-cost choice on the Inscription mannequin. The spare, Scandinavian inside largely stays as earlier than with satisfactory room for 4 adults, a cargo maintain that falls midpack on this section, and only a naked minimal of stowage house.

The one vital in-cabin replace is that Volvo’s infotainment system switches to a Google-based working system. Google Maps is now your navigation system, Google Play runs the music, and the Siri-style Google Assistant is readily available to reply your queries. The 9.0-inch vertically oriented touchscreen is bodily unchanged, and the homepage (reached through the system’s lone bodily button) continues to function 4 horizontal tiles, for navigation, audio, telephone, and Google Assistant. The system can obtain over-the-air updates, and it’ll want them, because the early-production vehicles we drove had been lacking satellite tv for pc radio in addition to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay—all set to change into obtainable through replace.

The Google Maps navigation system runs Volvo-specific fonts, and the graphics look nice, each on the display screen and in the usual 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. As earlier than, the latter affords a bimodal selection of show: with a map or with out.

There is no such thing as a change to the (very) restricted set of buttons under the display screen, which signifies that for the audio system, there is a quantity knob, buttons to hunt up/down, and never a lot else. A knob for tuning can be welcome, because it at the moment takes a number of presses of the Search button or a number of swipes to go from, say, 93.9 WNYC to 107.1 WFUV.

One change to the display screen structure is that on the very base of the show, there’s now a touchpoint to name up the surround-view digital camera, that means you now not must go digging for it in menus. Even higher, the digital camera now seems mechanically when the automobile pulls as much as the curb, simply because it does when the automobile is shifted into reverse.

Costs begin at $43,745 for the front-wheel-drive XC60 B5 in Momentum trim. The B6 skips the bottom trim and begins off on the R-Design stage for $56,195 with customary AWD. Issues prime out at $70,595 for the XC60 T8 Recharge Polestar Engineered.

The XC60’s newest transfer towards electrification brings minor enhancements in drivability and gas financial system for the mainstream fashions. That ought to assist to maintain the model’s bestseller updated till the courageous, new, battery-powered future arrives.

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