2017 model year version of the Volvo’s XC60 SUV has been awarded with five-star safety ratings in Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) crash tests.
In the two-tier testing system that scores cars in their standard and full safety kit-equipped specifications, the new XC60 compact SUV managed to surpass its elder sibling, the XC90, in the SUV segment.
In different conducted tests in Euro NCAP such as adult occupant protection, child occupant protection, pedestrian safety, and safety assistance systems, the XC60 scored 98 percent, 87 percent, 76 percent and 95 percent respectively as compared to respective 97 percent, 87 percent, 72 percent and 100 percent score of its elder sibling the XC90’s result in the 2015 Euro NCAP test.
Revealing the reason behind this successful Euro NCAP test results of the Volvo XC60, Thatcham’s (a member of the Euro NCAP since 2004) research director, Matthew Avery said, it is the reduced weight and advanced assistance technologies of the XC60 that helped in bringing down the XC90 by gaining this high score.
The 2017 Volvo XC60 is planned to be manufactured at the brand’s Bengaluru based manufacturing unit and expected to emerge on Indian soil by December 2017.