Ezz Elarab Automotive Group, the exclusive agent for the Swedish Volvo Car Group in Egypt, released the all-new XC60 in the Egyptian market a few days ago. It is a multi-purpose sporty car, made entirely in Sweden, and was officially presented to the public at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show.
According to sources at Ezz Elarab, the company aims to increase its sales of Volvo cars by 50% this year to reach 650 units, in conjunction with the launch of the XC60 model in the Egyptian market.
The company also seeks to launch the Volvo XC40 in the second half of 2019. The XC60 is the younger sister of the XC90.
The new Volvo XC60 is a mid-size SUV crossover with a uniquely Scandinavian character. The XC60’s design, based off the XC90, combines beauty and strength.
The exterior updates are primarily cosmetic, with changes to the grille and front driving lights, loss of black cladding along the lower doorsills, and minor changes to the exhaust tips and taillights. The interior updates include new materials and dashboard trims, available paddle shifter on the T6 model, and introduction of a seven-inch touch-screen display.
The XC60 is based on the same scalable product architecture (SPA) platform as the S90, V90, and XC90. As part of Volvo’s move toward smaller engines, the new model uses only a four-cylinder engine, in various configurations and states of tune.
Volvo quotes an official 0-100 km/h time of 6.9 seconds—hardly slow—and a combined fuel consumption figure of 5.6 litres per 100 km. The capacity of its fuel tank is 60 litres.
Volvo has focused on safety in this model, as it has done in all its cars, and has added a new safety system called Oncoming Lane Mitigation, using steer assist to help mitigate head-on collisions, while Volvo’s Blind Spot Indication System (BLIS) can actively guide the SUV out of harm’s way and back into its lane if it detects that it is about to collide with another vehicle when changing lanes.
Volvo’s autopilot also provides assistance to drivers when turning, speeding, and using brakes on well-defined roads at speeds up to 130 km/h. Volvo is quick to make it clear this is just for assistance and can in no way be expected to drive the car all on its own.
The XC60 is the highest-selling car among Volvo’s world-class cars. It is available in Egypt in two categories: the Momentum costs EGP 190,000 and the Inscription costs EGP 1.39m. A third category is expected to be launched soon.