Star of the show: Volvo XC60

  • Updated: March 8, 2012 - 12:27 PM

Each year at the Twin Cities Auto Show, one car is showcased as the featured vehicle. This year it's the Volvo XC60, upgraded for 2012 with better peformance, new options, and an innovative safety system.

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Volvo refines the 2012 lineup of its XC60 small utility vehicle. Three distinct levels of performance are now available to satisfy the desires of a wide range of drivers.

For 2012, Volvo turns up the heat for the top XC60 T6 AWD R-Design by providing enthusiasts with a substantial performance upgrade. Its 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine now delivers 325 horsepower and 354 lb.-ft. of torque, for net gains of 25 hp and 29 lb.-ft. respectively. The R-Design continues to be fitted with a stiffer chassis than other XC60s.

The midrange XC60 T6 AWD continues to offer an impressive blend of performance with outstanding value. Output for its 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder remains the same as last year with 300 horsepower and 325 lb.-ft. of torque.

Those seeking the greatest value in an XC60 will be attracted to the 3.2. Its naturally aspirated six-cylinder engine provides 240 horsepower. Every XC60 features a standard 6-speed "Geartronic" automatic transmission.

Volvo introduces a new trim level strategy for 2012 offering customers the flexibility to add additional features. These new trim levels are the Premier, Premier Plus and Platinum.

Continuing Volvo's quest as a pioneer and leader in vehicle safety systems, the XC60 introduced a new world's first: City Safety. It is a driver support system aimed at preventing or mitigating collisions occurring at speeds of 19 mph or less.

Base model estimated mpg: 18/24 • Estimated starting price: $32,900

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