Ahead of the all-new XC60’s unveil at the upcoming 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Volvo has released a short 3-minute video highlighting new safety features that will be introduced in the new premium mid-sized SUV.
We will run through the new safety features later, but what caught our attention as we watched the video were the animations of the safety systems at work. Instead of showing us the all-new XC60, the animation featured an unfamiliar-looking Volvo sedan as its central vehicle.
It could be just a generic placeholder to avoid showing us the new XC60’s actual design, or could it be a prelude to the next-generation S60 which would be based on the XC60 anyway? Watch the video below and draw your own conclusions.
In the upcoming new XC60, the new advanced driver assist features are designed to provide autonomous steering assistance to help avoid potential collisions.
An updated City Safety system in the new XC60 ties in with steering support; in circumstances where the existing autonomous emergency braking function is insufficient to avert the collision, the XC60 attempt to steer around the obstacle. Volvo claims to have programmed the system to recognize vehicles, pedestrians, and even large animals. The system is active at speeds between 50 and 100 km/h.
Also to be added to the new XC60 will be Oncoming Lane Mitigation, a system which steers you back if you wander onto the opposite lane with a vehicle oncoming. This system is active from 60 to 140 km/h.
Finally, an updated Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) also adds steer assist functionality to tug the vehicle back onto its own lane when it detects another vehicle lurking at your blind spot. Kapchai riders in downtown KL, we suspect, will have this system to thank many a time in the future.
In addition to the abovementioned features, the XC60 will deliver a host of high-end safety systems, just like its larger 90 Series siblings, including Large Animal Detection, Run-off Road Mitigation and the semi-autonomous driver support and convenience system Pilot Assist as an option.