Volvo’s mid-size XC60 utility vehicle is among the Swedish brand’s biggest selling models, accounting for nearly 30 per cent of total global sales. When we drove it first nearly a decade ago, we were also pretty impressed, and it went on to be chosen the Best Crossover in our maiden wheels Car of the Year awards in 2009. As brilliant an SUV it was, the XC60 had grown long in the tooth, especially in comparison with the rest of the models in Volvo’s current line-up. All that’s going to change as the all-new XC60 goes on sale in the coming months. The very first production car in the new iteration, a Crystal White T5 Inscription AWD, rolled off the assembly line at Volvo’s Torslanda plant in Sweden yesterday.

“This is a proud day for everyone at the plant,” said Magnus Nilsson, vice president of the Torslanda plant. “We have worked hard in recent weeks and months to prepare Torslanda for this latest new Volvo model, and now we are ready to start delivering new XC60s to customers.”

The new XC60 is the fourth model that’s been built on Volvo’s SPA vehicle architecture, which was first used first in the 90 series of flagship vehicles. As expected from a Volvo, the new XC60 is also equipped with the latest of safety technology, including the brand’s City Safety system, which now gets a new Steer Assist feature, which in combination with Oncoming Lane Mitigation apparently helps mitigate head-on collision. The Steer Assist feature also works with the Blind Spot Indication System to reduce the risk of lane-changing collisions. The mid-size SUV will also be equipped with the same Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driver assistance feature found in the 90 series cars.

With the previous model having found nearly a million homes across the globe, this one is sure to prove even more popular? What are your thoughts on the new XC60? Will you buy it over its rivals? Leave your comments below.