- No diesel powertrains
- Will get only 2.0-litre T5 and T6 petrol engines
- T6 and T8 hybrid options to added
- Will get mild-hybrid options later on the T5 and T6 as well
Volvo’s all-new welterweight sedan, the S60, is just a few weeks away from its global launch and like all new Volvo cars, it will be offered in the Indian car market soon after. But the biggest news for us is that the S60 will not get a diesel option.
The Volvo S60 will be offered with multiple iterations of the new 2.0-litre petrol engine – the T5, T6, T6 Twin engine and the T8 twin-engine along with its wagon counterpart, the V60. Beginning from roughly about 235bhp, the twin-charged petrol engine can deliver up to 407bhp of power depending upon the state of tune and hybrid assist. All these engines are BS-VI compliant and because the new S60 is built on the SPA platform, the electric or PHEV options will be on offer in due course of time.
The Indian car market as a whole has shifted back to petrol after almost a decade of coveting diesel powertrains now that the disparity between the costs of both fuels has reduced to a great extent. But having said that, the premium and luxury segments still favour diesel because of the low running costs as compared to petrol especially with larger displacement engines.
The new series of petrol engines from Volvo are said to be quite efficient and the S60 might also get the 3-cylinder 1.5-litre series of engines as it can deliver up to 150bhp of power. The three cylinder series might prove to be more economical and suitable for the Indian market. Since its competitors like the C-Class, 3 Series and the Audi A4 have developed similar horsepower, with the Volvo being the lightest of the lot, this new powertrain should give the S60 just enough grunt to take them on.