Volvo's new XC60 the 'safest car ever made'

The new Volvo XC60

Volvo has revealed the latest version of its hugely popular XC60 SUV at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show – billing it as one of the safest cars ever.

The previous model was a great success for the Swedish manufacturer, accounting for 30 per cent of its global sales. Volvo is now hoping to build on this popularity, and is even claiming that the new model is "one of the safest cars ever made".

To back this up, Volvo has fitted the new XC60 with an array of safety equipment. Steer assist now features as a part of the City Safety system, and is designed to steer the car out of trouble by identifying and avoiding head-on collisions. It also helps lower the risk of accidents that occur while changing lane, and works in partnership with the car's blind spot assistant.

Customers will be able to choose between four different engines – with the line-up consisting of two diesel options, one petrol and one hybrid powertrain. The plug-in hybrid crowns the range and produces a formidable 401bhp, allowing for a 0-60mph time of 5.2 seconds.

Volvo's new XC60 the 'safest car ever made'

Volvo's new XC60 the 'safest car ever made'

The diesel engines produce 187bhp and 232bhp, while the petrol unit manages 251bhp.

In the cabin, a new climate control system can treat harmful pollutants that enter the car, providing motorists with what Volvo calls "Scandinavian-fresh air".

Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Car Group, said: "We have a strong heritage in designing stylish and dynamic SUVs that offer the latest in technology. The new XC60 will be no exception. It's the perfect car for an active lifestyle, and it represents the next step in our transformation plan."

Volvo will put the new XC60 into production in April. It will be built in Sweden.