2023 Volvo XC60 Changes, Facelift, Release Date – The 2023 Volvo XC60 compact SUV will reportedly arrive next year, featuring some mild changes and upgrades. If you didn’t know, this car has a stellar safety record and a wide variety of standard driver assistance technologies to thank for its worldwide renown. It’s not as spacious as the Volvo XC90, but it’s still suitable for smaller families. The XC60 also has a big trunk and one of the most luxurious interiors in its class. In addition, mild hybrid engines provide excellent performance and efficiency in this SUV. If that’s not enough for you, there’s also a more powerful plug-in hybrid available.
2023 Volvo XC60 Redesign
The impending 2023 Volvo XC60 will get a mild update. It appears that the front and back fascias will be more attractive than before, and the maker plans to update the grille and wheels while yet maintaining a traditional appearance. Depending on the level of equipment, the exterior will look slightly different. We expect the all-electric variant to come with more appealing headlamps and a closed grille. Those who want a sportier look will appreciate the R-Design trim, which comes standard with a stylish black trim. As for the size, this SUV is dimensionally the same as the BMW X3, Audi Q5, and Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class.
The Momentum and Inscription share a concave grille design with vertical chrome bars in place of the black mesh of the R-Design, and the front end sports the trademark Thor’s Hammer LED headlights and daytime running lights that extend all the way from the grille to the outside corners. Base models feature 18-inch wheels as standard, while the R-Design and Inscription grades have 19-inch items in Matt Black and black accents, respectively.
The new 2023 Volvo XC60’s interior is sleek and well-appointed, thanks in part to the use of high-end materials throughout the cabin. In general, you can count on the cabin to be quiet, cozy, and spacious enough for adults in the back seats. Clean lines and high-quality materials indicate Scandinavian design, and we’d expect nothing less from Volvo. The upgraded 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display and Volvo’s latest Google-based software interface are unquestionably the highlights of the interior. Bluetooth and a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot are standard, as are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
2023 Volvo XC60 Engine
Like its predecessor, the 2023 Volvo XC60 will be powered by two mild-hybrid engines or a plug-in hybrid powertrain. The entry-level model uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged 48V mild-hybrid inline-4 producing 247 horsepower. A new “E-charger,” providing 295 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft of torque, will be included in the following model, though. The Recharge is the last model with a plug-in hybrid powertrain capable of traveling up to 18 miles on a full charge. The EPA rates this engine as the most fuel-efficient, averaging 57 miles per gallon equivalent.
Also, unlike the units above, this one is more powerful, making 400 horsepower or 415 horsepower in the more performance-oriented Polestar model. All-wheel drive (AWD) is an option on Recharge models, but it is not standard. In the coming years, expect a brand-new electric version as well.
The non-hybrid XC60 is available with two different Drive-E modular engine architectures, both of which are based on Volvo. In the entry-level T5 model, a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four rated at 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque is offered with a choice of either front- or all-wheel drive. It’s possible to get 316 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque from the T6 twin-charged model. Still, it’s only available with all-wheel drive and includes a turbocharger and an additional supercharger.
Autonomous eight-speed Aisin transmission is paired with both engines, but we don’t recommend it because manual shifting is underwhelming. The default automatic is just fine, although the first few shifts from take-off seem a little sluggish – things improve drastically once you’re up to speed, and the auto’ box responds appropriately on highways; overtaking and merging is seamless, much like the general feeling of the motor and transmission pairing.
2023 Volvo XC60 Price and Release Date
From the latest information, the new 2023 Volvo XC60 will start at $42,650 for the base Momentum model. However, premium trims like R-Design cost $48,800, and the plug-in hybrid Recharge at $54,250. The most expensive model is still the high-performance Polestar that begins at $69,500.
The BMW X3, Audi Q5, and Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class are all in the same price range. It appears that the new model will be available for purchase sometime next year, most likely in the summer.