Volvo Cars has recently announced a broad range of product updates pertaining to their Sensus driver control interface, upgrades to their diesel engine range, and a commitment to the introduction of new Twin Engine variants every year.
The headlining change in their update is the availability of all-wheel drive variants with the T6 engines in their 60-series range. This means that the Volvo’s facelifted XC60 SUV in its T6 guise can pair up its powerful 306hp/400Nm twin-charged 2-litre 4-cylinder engine with an all-wheel drive system.
According to Volvo the facelift XC60 T6 retaining a front-wheel drive layout was due to limitations pertaining to its 8-speed automatic transmission. Volvo does go into detail about the changes done to allow for an all-wheel drive system to be integrated, though it seems that its 8-speed automatic has been retained.
Besides getting an all-wheel drive option, Volvo has also introduced a D4 diesel front-wheel drive variant for the S60 and XC60 for Euro 3 diesel markets (i.e. developing markets where Euro 5 or Euro 6 diesel is not available). The aforementioned D4 engine has a power output of 190hp and 400Nm of torque, and is also available in the XC90, V40, and V40 Cross Country in selected markets.
As for Volvo’s new Sensus driver control interface in the new XC90, Volvo says it has been updated to include real-time traffic information and free map updates, as well as Apple CarPlay functionality.