Volvo Cars has launched the all-new S60 midsize executive sedan, and for the first time, it will not only be made in the company’s first manufacturing plant in the United States but it will also be the first Volvo model to not be sold with a diesel engine as part of the European brand’s industry-leading commitment “to electrification and a long-term future beyond the traditional combustion engine.”
Instead, the S60 will be offered with two turbocharged and supercharged plug-in hybrid petrol engines: the T6 Twin Engine AWD plug-in hybrid that generates a combined 340 hp, and the T8 Twin Engine AWD plug-in hybrid that delivers 400 hp. For select markets, Volvo’s proven T5 and T6 engines will still be available for the all-new S60.
The all-new S60 shares the same Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, safety technology and infotainment system with the new V60 premium midsize estate as well as the top-of-the-line 90 series cars and the XC60.
Its City Safety with Autobrake technology assists the driver in avoiding potential collisions, and is the only system on the market to recognize pedestrians, cyclists and large animals. In a world’s first for the midsize saloon segment, City Safety now also engages auto braking to mitigate oncoming collisions.
The optional Pilot Assist system–which supports the driver with steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads up to 80mph–has been upgraded with improved cornering performance. The S60 also includes Run-off Road Mitigation, Oncoming Lane Mitigation and other steering-assistance systems. The similarly-optional Cross Traffic Alert with autobrake further enhances safety for people inside and outside the car.
Volvo Cars’ Sensus Connect infotainment system is fully compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and 4G, and keeps drivers connected at all times. The intuitive control is a tablet-style touchscreen interface that combines car functions, navigation, connected services and in-car entertainment apps.
Electrified versions of the all-new S60 also offer a performance handling upgrade called Polestar Engineered, developed by Volvo Cars’ electric performance arm, Polestar.
Polestar Engineered is available exclusively on the T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid and is a complete offer that upgrades the car’s wheels, brakes, suspension and engine control unit, boosting the S60 T8’s combined output to 415 hp.