Volvo has given its best selling car model, the XC60 crossover, a facelift for 2013. The facelifted 2013 Volvo XC60 crossover gets a bunch of changes at the front and the rear. The front of the car gets new headlamps and a new front bumper with LED daytime running lights embedded into the front bumper. At the rear too, the bumper gets reprofiled. These changes apart, we aren’t able to discern any more changes although Volvo might have a trick or two up its sleeve that the spyshots don’t reveal. The 2013 Volvo XC60 facelift is expected to begin selling in the next few months.
Volvo sells the XC60 crossover in India as well, with the car being a best selling model for the Chinese Geely owned Swedish car maker. The XC60 rivals the likes of the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5, offering better value than both the German crossovers given the fact that the XC60 is priced lower than both the X3 and the Q5. In India, the Volvo XC60 crossover is available with two turbo diesel engine options; the D3 variant with a 2 liter-5 cylinder engine outputting 163 Bhp-400 Nm and the D5 variant with a 2.4 Liter-5 cylinder engine outputting 215 Bhp-420 Nm.
Both these engines are mated to a 6 speed automatic transmission as standard. While the D3 engined Volvo XC60 is available with front wheel drive and all wheel drive versions, the D5 variant comes with an all wheel drive option as standard. The Volvo XC60 is imported into India through the completely built unit route and no plans for CKD assembly exist at this point in time. This is a major reason why India will get the facelifted version of the XC60 soon after the global launch given the fact that the car is a CBU import, and one which will reflect global changes as and when they happen.
The Volvo XC60, like the rest of the Volvo cars, comes loaded to the gills with safety features. The Volvo XC60 is known for its solid build quality and high safety levels. Armed with car like handling and the high ground clearance of an SUV, the crossover is an ideal option for Indian roads, which while improving rapidly still has many sections that resemble moonscapes. Volvo is expanding its dealership and after sales network across the country. In 2013, the brand plans to take on the BMW X1 and the Audi Q3 with a brand new entry level variant in the form of the V40 Cross Country crossover.