Volvo and Google team up for new infotainment system in upcoming XC60

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• Volvo's new XC60 will make its local arrival in 2022's first quarter.

• The SUV's biggest changes take place under the skin, including the new infotainment system.

• Volvo teamed up with Google for the next-generation of this infotainment system.

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Volvo's new XC60 will make its local arrival in the first quarter of 2022. The SUV, a global success since making its first appearance in 2009, has sold more than 1.68 million units. For Volvo, it is the best-selling vehicle in its portfolio, and the success has also taken flight in South Africa.

Many of the new XC60's changes are under the metal, but there are also updates to the grille, bumpers, new exterior colours, and wheel design options. And on the inside, new materials are used that comprise leather-free options and new textile upholstery.

One of the big talking points on the new XC60 is the company's new Android-powered infotainment system with built-in Google apps and services. The new system includes an over-the-air update feature, ensuring that the software is always up to date. Volvo says that they are the first company to team up with Google when it comes to integrating an infotainment system. Following years of close development between the two companies, the all-electric XC40 P8 Recharge became the first Volvo to feature the system.

WATCH: How Volvo's new XC60 infotainment system works

According to Greg Maruszewski, Managing Director at Volvo Car South Africa, the infotainment system makes this best-seller smarter than ever before, he says: "This intuitive, next-generation infotainment system offers customers unprecedented personalisation and unparalleled connectivity. The software runs apps such as Google Maps for navigation, Google Play for music, and it offers hands-free help with Google Assistant.

"This is more than just a new tech feature; it boosts safety too. With Google Assistant, drivers can use their voice to get things done while keeping their focus on the road. They can do things like control the temperature, set a destination, play music and podcasts, and send messages, all while keeping their hands on the wheel."

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2022 Volvo XC60
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