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As we've heard from Wheels24 before, Volvo plans to offer a smaller XC in their lineup in the not-too-distant future. The Volvo XC60 mid-size SUV, should be available to the public in late 2008. The news here comes from the folks at World Car Fans who say it will be dubbed XC60, rather than XC50 and that it will share a platform with the V70. Based on the Ford C1 EUCD platform, the XC60 should sport familiar gas and diesel engines from the S40 and V50. It is also expected to share much with the next-generation Land Rover Freelander/LR3, including its trick AWD system.
Although only labeled a concept at this point, the car should be unveiled at the NAIAS in Detroit in January and go on sale as early as Spring 2008. Expected to be approximately the same size as the Toyota RAV4, it will compete a bit further upscale with the likes of the Lexus RX, BMW X3 and new Acura RDX. Styling is conservative and the family resemblance is unmistakable if this rendering is accurate.

[Source: WorldCarFans]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      BY 2008 as an '09 this will look outdated already. wish they can spice it up a bit more for production
      • 8 Years Ago
      Pretty sharp looking ride if you ask me! I like it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Volvo HAS to make this SUV. With big SUVs slumping in sales, small SUVs are still going strong for those who want or need SUVs but want decent gas mileage. I do have a soft spot for Volvo, but I think that these would sell very well. However, they would have then some really ridiculous names of their lineup, with the XC60 and XC90 being SUVs and the XC70 being a wagon. Hmmm.
      • 8 Years Ago
      somehow, an jacke-up, steroid-infused V50 doesn't make a good looking suv...

      family resemblance is one thing... when you use the design over and over again, it's makes a fresh idea old.

      s40/v50 are handsome vehicles... when it got to the c70, for a car with that kind of price tag, it looks too much like the cheaper s40... now this one.

      i really hope this is only some artist renderings... if they take some design cues from the c30 instead, and make it into a sporty crossover (not the mini suv here), the xc60 will definitely be a very hot looking car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Good move from Volvo to introduce this small SUV in our high fuel price times, and it looks great.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If it does look like this, I'll be very happy to get another Volvo. I just don't want them to make an ugly front end like the BMW X3.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why do they repeatedly refer to these as SPY PHOTOS, yet beneath the image it says ILLUSTRATION? A photo can be an illustration, but an illustration is not a photo.

      Anyway, very nice looking if this is what it ends up looking like in the REAL WORLD.