Volvo Cars has unveiled the images of the S60 sedan. The Volvo S60 sedan now looks closer to the S90 as well as the other cars from the Volvo stables, especially because of the face. We expect the car to make its way down to the Indian market at the start of next year. Along with the unveil of the new S60, Volvo has also opened its new manufacturing plant in North Carolina, USA. This plant has been in construction since 2015 and so far Volvo Cars have pumped in Rs 7,000 crore into it. The all-new Volvo XC90 will also be built from this plant in 2021.
The new Volvo S60 is based on the company’s lightweight Scalable Product Architecture or as its popularly called, SPA platform. The headlights are shared with the S90 and along with the signature Thor Hammer shape, look really cool. The 18-inch tyres fill the wheel well nicely and look beefy too. In the new generation S60, Volvo designers have decided to go in for a boxy appeal. The rear of the car sees C-shaped lights. While there isn’t anything fancy about the design language here, this generation of the car is expected to age very gracefully given the overall inoffensive lines.
Cabin of the new S60 uses a minimalist design. This ensures that there are less buttons on the cabin and most of the operations are taken care off through a 9-inch touchscreen tablet. The Sensus infotainment system as it is called, is shared with other Volvo cars and while it may seem tricky at first, getting adjusted to it takes little time. The steering wheel is borrowed from the S90 and has your audio and cruise control buttons on it. The seats look nicely sculpted and should be comfortable enough too. The Volvo S60 measures 4,761mm in height, is 2,040mm wide and 1,431mm tall. The wheelbase is 2,872mm and the car will weigh around 1,700kg.
Volvo has only given a petrol engine option for the new S60. Not surprising since the company aims to start offering electric versions of all its vehicles starting next year. The engine options on offer are all based on a 2.0-litre unit. The base trim is a 250PS turbocharged version that moves the front wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission and claims a 0-100kmph time of 6.5s. Next up is the T6 trim that brings in 310PS of power and all-wheel drive.
Volvo also offers a T8 Twin option that is a plug-in hybrid and makes around 400PS. 0-100kmph is dispatched in just 4.9s. There is also the Polestar tuned version based on the T8 Twin and it makes 415PS and 670Nm and does the 0-100kmph run in 4.7s. Polestar’s tinkering around changes the suspension components, the engine ECU as well as brings in more potent brakes to handle the extra power. Top speed for all the engines here is restricted to 250kmph.
This is a Volvo and there are no dearth of safety system though whatever the company offers here is similar to what it has on its other cars. This include City Safety as well as Pilot Assist. There are the usual airbags and electronic nannies that will even interfere on your behalf to avoid a crash or to ensure you come out of it unscathed.
The Volvo S60 will compete with the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Jaguar XE and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. It is unclear yet if Volvo will want to assemble the S60 at its Chennai plant. If it does, expect a slight dip in the expected Rs 40 lakh starting price.