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Sexy XC60 en route to India

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The Volvo XC60 is being readied for its launch in India this September. Its elder brother, the Volvo XC90 is already on sale in India, but the XC60 previews Volvo’s all-new look.

The XC60 shares the same five-cylinder diesel and 3.2-litre straight-six petrol engines as the XC90 and S80 but for India, it is the diesel which will lead the XC60’s foray. The diesel engine will be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. This version is front-wheel drive only, and is cheaper into the bargain. The XC60 also previews a lot of new features, including what Volvo likes to call the ‘floating console’.

The centre console has the climate control buttons embedded in it, while the space behind the console is hollow and can be used for storage. The XC60 will go head-to-head with BMW’s X3 and the recently-launched Audi Q5, but could be slightly cheaper. But what remains to bee seen is if Indian consumers will pay a premium for an SUV with a two-wheel drive.

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