The XC60 is part of Volvo’s 60 Series of automobiles, along with the S60, S60 Cross Country, V60, and V60 Cross Country. The first generation model was released in 2008 and introduced a new style for the 60 Series models. Along with the rest of the lineup, the first-generation XC60 was refreshed in 2013. Similarly, the second-generation model, released in 2017, is the first second-generation in the series.
The production vehicle was unveiled at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show.Sales began in Europe in the third quarter of 2008 and in North America in early 2009 as a 2010 model.The XC60 has been Volvo’s best selling car since 2009.
Manufactured by subsidiary Volvo Car Gent in Ghent, Belgium, the first generation XC60 is based on Volvo’s P3 platform and the XC60 shares technology with the Land Rover Freelander of 2007. At the time of development, both Land Rover and Volvo were owned by Ford and development was split between the two subsidiaries. Much of the engineering and tuning of this CUV was done by Volvo in Sweden, although offroad capabilities were done at Land Rover in England. The project director for the XC60 was Lars Blenwall.
In April 2010, an R-Design variant of the XC60 became available, featuring a color-matching body kit, stiffer chassis and damping, and other unique exterior/interior trim.
In February 2013, Volvo debuted a refreshed version of the XC60, to be released for the 2014 model year. 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. Interior updates include new materials and dashboard trims, available paddle shifter on the T6 model, and introduction of a 7″ touch-screen display.