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Room at the Bottom: Volvo Crafts a New Entry-level XC60

Few will disagree that the second-generation Volvo XC60 crossover, which debuted for the 2018 model year, is a handsome vehicle. The midsizer adopts many of the styling decisions bestowed upon its larger XC90 brother, and that’s a good thing. Still, despite its smaller footprint, the XC60 remains a premium vehicle with a premium price.

For 2019, however, the entry-level XC60 sheds both content and price.

According to an order guide seen by CarsDirect, the base XC60 grows even more bare bones for the coming model year, not that anyone ever referred to its T5 Momentum predecessor as a stripper. By dispensing with all-wheel drive, Volvo has created a vehicle that dives below the $40k barrier — strengthening its appeal in areas seldom touched by Mother Nature’s icy wrath.

The 2019 XC60 T5 Momentum shaves $2,300 from the price of a current AWD base model, stickering for $40,195 after factoring in the destination charge. To get into a 2018 or 2019 AWD T5, you’ll need to part with $42,495.

There’s hardship afoot in the T5 Momentum, however. In exchange for a lower price, buyers give up leather upholstery in favor of leatherette. Bringing that cow hide back into the cabin carries a $1,600 price tag for 2019.

Even as it carves out a new sub-basement in the XC60 range, Volvo’s also pushing prices higher at the top of the range, the order guide reveals. High-zoot R-Design and Inscription models gain new standard equipment — the product of Volvo’s desire to reduce ordering complexity, apparently. Buyers of 2019 models can expect a 12.3-inch infotainment screen with navigation, upgraded audio, blind spot warning, hands-free power liftgate, power folding mirrors, and other such creature comforts.

For 2019, the XC60 T6 Inscription’s MSRP rises from $49,695 to $53,245.

The XC60 just barely trails the XC90 on Volvo’s U.S. sales charts, racking up 11,245 sales over the first five months of 2018 (to the XC90’s 12,745). Last month, some 2,924 XC60s rolled off Volvo lots, compared to the previous generation’s 1,595 units sold in May of 2017.

May also happened to be the model’s best U.S. sales month to date.

a version of this article first appeared on thetruthaboutcars.com

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