Volvo Launches Sportier XC60 R-Design
Those impressed by the slick new Volvo XC60 but who were looking for a slightly more aggressive profile will be pleased to see the Swedish premium automaker's announcement of a new R-Design package for the crossover. Following on similar packages already available on the C30, S40, V50, S80, V70 and XC90 models – so, pretty much the whole range – the XC60 R-Design gets a host of changes to its mechanicals and appearance to offer a slightly more sporting experience than the ordinary version.
The R-Design XC60 is identifiable by lower body panels painted the same color as the upper body (instead of the contrasting black on the standard model), matte silk metal trim, skid plates, chrome exhaust tips and 18" alloys with 20" wheels also available. Aluminum trim compliments the interior, but underneath the bodywork Volvo has tightened up the suspension and steering to improve handling. While the R-Design package doesn't quite make the XC60 a high-performance vehicle, it's a bit more than a standard trim package.