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What to expect from the India-bound Volvo S60?

June 23, 2018, 09:27 AM IST by Omkar Thakur
What to expect from the India-bound Volvo S60?

- Competes with Mercedes C-Class, BMW 3 Series, Audi A4

- Will get S90-like styling

- Petrol engines only, no diesel option

Volvo has unveiled the all-new S60 globally and the car is expected to arrive at dealerships later this year. Here in India, all Volvo cars are CBUs and hence, we can certainly expect it to come to India soon after. So if not by the end of 2018, the Volvo S60 will certainly debut in early 2019. Since the car has been revealed globally and it is a CBU, the Indian market will get nearly the same car as the UK market and here is what you can expect.

New SPA Platform

Like all modern Volvo cars, the S60 also spawns from the Scalable Product Architecture a.k.a. the SPA platform. This new lighter platform has the ability to scale up or down to any size of car and has also been developed keeping the electric future in mind. The SPA has built in provisions to house a battery pack and an electric motor for the full electric or the plug-in hybrid variants.

Volvo signature styling

The Thor’s hammer headlamps and the vertically slatted rectangular grille has become the new Volvo signature starting from the XC90 and it does look very attractive. Instead of aggression and gaudy design, Volvo takes the classier way and the S60 will get the timeless lines of the S90, albeit in a little smaller size. The tail lamps are all LED and it will get 18 inch alloy wheels for the India-spec car.

Updated Cabin

On the inside, expect the S60 to get a blend of the XC60 and the S90 cabins. From the vertical tab-like infotainment screen to the sculpted dashboard, the cabin layout is modern. The S60 will get all the bells and whistles befitting the segment, including dual-zone climate control, electric sunroof, power mirrors and electrically adjustable seats. The car might be launched only on one top-spec trim to start with.


As Volvo has announced globally, the 60 series of cars will be offered only with petrol and hybrid powertrains. No diesel engine will be offered and hence, it will be the same case in the Indian car market. The S60 will get the 2.0-litre inline four cylinder petrol engine in T5, T6, T6 Twin-engine and T8 Twin-engine setup. While the T5 and T6 are front wheel drives, the T6 and T8 Twin-engines are hybrid powertrains that offer all-wheel drive.

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