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22 Nov 2021
10:57 am

Updated Volvo XC60 heading for South Africa

Motoring Reporter

Swedish carmaker's best-selling car in South Africa to feature new Android-powered system.

The updated Volvo XC60 is expected in South Africa in Q1 of 2022.

Volvo has confirmed the updated XC60 for South Africa in the first quarter of 2022.

The Swedish carmaker’s best-selling mid-size SUV features the company’s new Android-powered infotainment system with Google apps and services built in.

“This intuitive, next-generation infotainment system offers customers unprecedented personalisation and unparalleled connectivity. The software runs apps such as Google Maps for navigation, Google Play for music and it offers hands-free help with Google Assistant,” says Greg Maruszewski, Managing Director at Volvo Car South Africa.

“This is more than just a new tech feature; it boosts safety too. With Google Assistant, drivers can use their voice to get things done while keeping their focus on the road. They can do things like control the temperature, set a destination, play music and podcasts, and send messages, all while keeping their hands on the wheel.”

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The infotainment system includes over-the-air updates for everything from maintenance to completely new features, meaning that the car will stay as up-to-date as other digital products such as smartphones and tablets.

Volvo Car Group is the first company to team up with Google in terms of integration of an infotainment system powered by Android with Google apps and services built in. Following years of close development between the two companies, the all-electric XC40 P8 Recharge became the first Volvo to feature the system.

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While many of the major changes to the new XC60 are under the skin, there are also a number of subtle refinements to the exterior design. These include a new grille, new front bumpers, and new exterior colour and wheel options.

New interior materials – including luxurious leather-free options as well as the availability of the City Weave textile upholstery – offer further possibilities for personalisation.

In terms of safety upgrades, the XC60 is now equipped with Volvo Cars’ latest Advanced Driver Assistance Systems sensor platform, a modern, scalable active safety system that consists of an array of radars, cameras and ultrasonic sensors.

This platform enables the development and deployment of active safety systems in the XC60, such as the detection of other road users, automatic braking and collision avoidance. It also allows for driver support from standstill up to highway speeds, through the Pilot Assist function.

The XC60 has been Volvo Cars’ top-selling vehicle since 2009. By 2020, it had reached over 1.68 million units sold worldwide.

In 2020 alone, the XC60 achieved almost 200 000 global unit sales. In South Africa, it is also Volvo’s top-selling vehicle.