Pod thing looks even worse up close. Cut a hole in the dash, then add layers of plastic all for a small LCD screen. <p>Why not just craft the center stack to be 1" taller and blend into the dash?<p>Just dumb.
Thankx for the pics, car looks good! Could you compare the size of the NAV screen to other volvo cars, like the s80; whats the size? It doesnt look too big since the screen doesnt fill in the box its recessed in...<br>I didnt notice the ACC bracket in the grill while viewing the pics...
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>jwv50</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><IMG SRC="http://img297.imageshack.us/img297/2313/xc90enxc60fa9.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>XC90 and XC60</TD></TR></TABLE><p>This picture makes it look like the XC60 is the same size, if not bigger than the XC90. How can that be? If the XC60 is supposed to target the X3 and the LR3, it seems like it should be the same size.<p>I'm going to go check the overall measurements now to see what it says.<p>I have to say, that XC60 is one smart looking vehicle.<p>Here's the measurements:<p> XC90 XC60 X3 LR3<br>Height 70.2" 67.4" 66" 74.5"<br>Length 189.3" 182.2" 179.9" 190.9"<br>Width 74.7" 74.5" 73" 75.4"<br>Wheelbase 112.6" 109.2" 110.1" 113.6"<p><br>I would have never thought the LR3 was bigger than an XC90!<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by jc4511 at 10:53 AM 9-25-2008</i>
Especially with The Pod perched on top of it. <p>Was there no way to better integrate the radio display? Make the center stack taller? Shape the dash around it?<p>That's a big hole in the dash plus a big plastic shell just for an LCD to tell you what radio station is playing.
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>VolvoMax</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Thanks for the pics.<br>That blanked off section where the Nav unit goes is ridiculous. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthdown.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>TOTALLY ridiculous. Looks like an 80s korean stripper w/ no radio or something. This could be a deal breaker for me because I will never be one to spend $2k on nav when basically the only place I drive in my own car (non-rentals) is in areas that I know. I was sure that non-Nav models would delte the top pod (just have a speaker or grille there) and have the nav display location be the radio/aircon display as on the Nissan Murano, Lexus RX, et al. Why volvo moved away from the pop-up nav as on the S60/80 is 100% beyond me.
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>pierola</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">i'm just curious if you can mount an aftermarket gps unit in that blank spot to fill it up and save $2k. seems like it's possible.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I've wondered the same thing. A nuvi could fit there nicely. Only problem is that I rarely use our Nuvi and I really don't want a nav system staring me in the face all the time and maybe even inviting a smashed window and theft. IMO, Volvo's old design with the pop up screens really was the best design out there, unfortunately, i thought it was WAY overpriced and vastly underfeatured and burdened with an inferior screen.<p>One possibility is that maybe those who designed the dash were assuming that by the time they got here, Volvo would actually be able to offer a nav/audio integrated system. One screen that can show nav, audio, ac, etc. It seems almost everybody else, at least everybody I can think of, already offers this. Is volvo the ONLY company left that still basically has a stand alone nav system? And I'm not talking about integration with audio muting or steering wheel buttons. I mean a nav system whose screen can show other vehicle functions besides JUST nav and backup camera. Then they wouldn't have needed that stupid pod on the dash. It looks like the dash (excluding the pod) got ahead of volvo and in the end volvo stuffed the dash with all their old electronics and had to add that pod for the audio/ac display. <p>Still, it would be nice if they had a slightly bigger, nicer audio/ac display for non-nav cars that could go where the nav would be instead of keeping the audio/ac up top. As a plus, non-nav cars would then look better than nav cars since they wouldn't need the pod.<p>A good installer might even be able to remove the screen from the pod, put it into the blank, and fashion a center channel speaker grille to replace the pod plastic. Although that display is kind of small for all that empty flat plastic.<p>
Nice pics, just don't show the floating centre consol, its sickening what the designers have done. And that pod on top looks like the stupid set up Ford put in that car they call the Focus in North America.<p>I guess the N.A Volvo dealers will not be ordering XC60 without NAV.