- First Volvo to be built in America.
- The S60 gets four petrol engine options including two hybrids.
- No diesel engine will be available in Volvo range beginning with the S60.
Volvo has officially taken the wraps off the new-gen S60 sedan at the inauguration of the new manufacturing plant in Charleston, South Carolina. The second-gen S60 becomes the first Volvo to be built on the American soil.
The S60 also comes as the first Volvo with no diesel powerplant. The Scandinavian carmaker announced the suspension of diesel from its line-up earlier this year and electrification of all its models by 2019. Volvo is calling the S60 as a sport sedan while it moves to their new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform. Appearance wise, it looks like a scaled down S90 with a few design elements borrowed from its estate sibling, the V60.
The S60 will be offered with four petrol engine options which include two plug-in hybrids. The entry-level engine is the 246bhp four-cylinder 2.0-litre turbocharged T5 unit. The T6 engine is supercharged to produce 340bhp with AWD setup. One of the two T8 produces a combined output of 385bhp. The twin-engine setup has a 299bhp 2.0-litre gasoline engine mated to a 65kW electric motor. The other T8 guise will be available with ‘Polestar Engineered’ upgrades. The Polestar-tuned S60 will get performance upgrades including bigger wheels, better brakes, sporty suspension and a tweaked engine ECU which boosts combined power to 409bhp. An eight-speed automatic transmission comes as standard.
Being a Volvo, there are a host of active and passive safety features as well. The cabin is scrounged directly from the V60. It comes with all the connected features as well.
Volvo will offer the S60 with the new premium subscription service called the Care. This will allow access to the car with no down payment but a monthly fee subscription rather than ownership. This is the first in segment service which makes owning a car as simple and hassle-free and having a phone, claims Volvo. Pricing is yet to be announced.
Volvo will introduce the new-gen S60 in India shortly after it goes on sale internationally. It will initially take the CBU route, but Volvo may decide to assemble it locally if there is sufficient demand in the country.