XC60 Polestar achievement amalgam and new V60 Cross Country Wagon advance Volvo’s 2020 lineup, additional a big change for the XC90. Mark Phelan, Detroit Chargeless Press Auto Critic
BANFF, Alberta — Volvo will barrage its Polestar achievement band in a big way this abatement with a brace of electrically aggrandized models, the 2020 XC60 Polestar SUV and V60 Polestar abject wagon.
Both cartage get a hardly added able adaptation of Volvo’s T8 E-AWD constituent amalgam drivetrain, which consists of a supercharged and turbocharged 2.0L agent and an electrically powered rear axle.
2020 Volvo XC60 T8 E-AWD Polestar SUV. (Photo: Mark Phelan)
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The two Polestars should ability dealerships any day, forth with an adapted adaptation of Volvo’s bigger XC90 SUV, which has three rows of seats, and a beefed-up Cross Country adaptation of the V60 wagon.
Polestar is Volvo’s achievement arm, in the aforementioned way AMG is Mercedes’s centralized acceleration shop. Polestar tweaks the engineering of Volvo cartage and will body Volvo-based electric achievement cartage beneath its own name. Polestar was an absolute antagonism aggregation that specialized in Volvos until the automaker bought it in 2015.
You can admit Polestar engineered Volvos by their gold bench belts, big yellow brake calipers and an asterisk-like carving on a baby chrome plate. Volvo awash a scattering of Polestar adapted S60 sedans aftermost year. The XC60 and V60 mark the sub-brand’s absolute accession to American buyers.
Volvo accuse a cogent exceptional for Polestar’s corrective and achievement changes: prices alpha at $71,000 and $67,300, respectively, for the XC60 Polestar.
I afresh collection the 2020 XC60 Polestar, V60 Cross Country and XC90 on highways, logging anchorage and abundance trails in the Canadian Rockies.
All the cartage barb with avant-garde assurance and disciplinarian abetment features. Volvo’s declared ambition is to annihilate all deaths and austere injuries in its vehicles.
The XC60 adds ability from the Polestar treatment. Its 415 application and 494 pound-feet of torque are annihilation to apprehend at, but they’re alone up 15 hp and 22 pound-feet from the abject XC60 T8 hybrid, 3.6% and 8%, respectively. The added ability trims 0.1 additional from the T8 hybrid’s 0-60 mph time, from an already admirable 5.0 abnormal to 4.9.
The council and abeyance upgrades that appear with the “Polestar engineered” tag bear affluence of value, though. Firmer steering, a bar abutting the advanced strut building and a taut, but still comfortable, ride are apparent. Polestar retuned the steering, burke acknowledgment and about-face points, but the big advance comes from an adjustable abeyance with Öhlins dampers. They accumulate the Polestar XC60 collapsed and abiding in quick assignment and abundant braking while additionally arresting bumps for a adequate ride.
The massive Akebono calipers and 14.6-inch advanced anchor discs bear all the endlessly ability you’d anytime want. Even added advantageous in circadian driving, the retuned brakes additionally accommodate smoother, added accustomed pedal feel back they’re actuality acclimated to recharge the hybrid’s 11.6 kWh lithium-ion battery.
Visual differences from the approved XC60 in accession to the aureate bench belts that attending a lot bigger than you’d expect, and the anchor calipers Volvo insists are the aforementioned blush but aren’t, accommodate a bright atramentous anatomy about the grille and Polestar admixture wheels.
Volvo considers the Audi SQ5 the XC60 Polestar’s capital competitor.
The XC60’s Polestar’s $71,000 abject amount is daunting, but it includes Nappa leather, adaptive cruise control, a big sunroof and abundant more. The constituent hybrid’s projected battery-only ambit of 18-21 afar is not decidedly impressive, and the big tablet-style blow awning that controls abounding actualization is beneath acknowledging than the best competitors.
Five-passenger luxury-performance SUV
Base price: $71,000 (excluding destination charges)
Reasons to buy: Looks, handling, features,
Shortcomings: Price; electric range; blow awning responsiveness
Where built: Gothenburg, Sweden
Engine: 2.0L super- and turbocharged four-cylinder engine, rear auto electric-powered
Total arrangement power: 415 hp, 494 pound-feet of torque
Transmission: 8-speed automated
EPA ammunition abridgement rating: TBD
Estimated EPA array range: 18-21 miles
0-60 mph acceleration: 4.9 seconds
Wheelbase: 184.6 inches
Length: 112.8 inches
Width, including mirrors: 78.7 ins.
Height: 65.3 inches
Base barrier weight: 4,745 pounds
Towing capacity: 3,500 pounds
The V60 Cross Country AWD s a lifted version of the V60 abject wagon, with bigger caster arches, able-bodied tires and moldings for a asperous appearance. It’s got 2.5 inches added arena approval than a accepted V60 wagon. That, and the acropolis coast affection to use agent braking back activity bottomward decidedly abrupt grades, accepted actual advantageous back I collection a V60 Cross Country bottomward a steep, agee and rock-strewn aisle from a 7,700-foot abundance aiguille to the alley below.
The 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country handled steep, askance trails with ease. (Photo: Mark Phelan)
Volvo ashen the wagon’s abeyance for off road. Unlike the Polestar constituent hybrids, the gasoline-only V60 Cross Country has a automated all-wheel drive system
Prices for the V60 Cross Country alpha at $45,100.
Volvo didn’t accomplish a V60 Polestar accessible to drive. The Polestar wagon has the aforementioned automated upgrades and beheld touches as the XC60: asterisk badging, gold bench belts, big chicken Brembo brake calipers and atramentous grille surround.
Prices for the V60 T8 E-AWD alpha at $67,300.
The XC90 three-row SUV launched Volvo’s improvement with a blast back it debuted in 2015 as a 2016 model. For 2020, it gets some upgrades and new actualization to face new competitors like the Audi Q7 and Lincoln Aviator.
The big changes are inside: an new Orrefors clear shifter, absolute upholstery for buyers who appetite an flush autogenous after the karmic accountability they feel from leather, and brazier seats in the additional row for a six-seat interior.
Second-row brazier seats are accessible in Volvo’s 2020 XC90 SUV. (Photo: Mark Phelan)
Other new actualization accommodate the bigger, 11.6 kWh battery, which should advance electric ambit 2-3 afar from the antecedent appraisement of 18; automated braking affiliated to the cross-traffic and dark atom alerts; and alternative Harman Kardon audio. The capital exoteric changes are a biconcave grille added Volvos will adopt, new colors and wheels.
Prices for the 2020 Volvo XC90 alpha at $48,350.
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