S60 Hits the SPA
The next-generation S60 has arrived, now based on the company’s SPA platform, bringing in not just new style, but a slew of new features and enhancements
Volvo have revealed their new mid-size premium sports sedan, the S60, at the Swedish company’s first manufacturing plant in the United States of America. The unveiling of the new S60 coincided with the inauguration of the new Charleston plant in South Carolina.
The new S60 is the first Volvo vehicle to be sold without the option of a diesel engine; a move that, the company hopes, will be a step forward towards a cleaner future, with electrification being a key long-term factor.
The new S60 is built on the proven SPA (Scalable Product Architecture) platform which also underpins the 90 and other 60 car lines, including the XC90, S90, and XC60, among others. The key design elements are the signature Thor’s Hammer full-LED headlamps and the svelte lines that make it unmistakably a sibling of the S90 while being futuristic in its styling. Inside, the S60 also packs the latest in infotainment, safety, and technology. Volvo have transferred their self-conscious approach to the new S60 as well, which means the car is among the safest on the road.
The S60 comes equipped with the standard benchmark safety features, including City Safety with Autobrake technology that keeps an eye out for stray pedestrians, cyclists who fail to follow road decorum, as well as large animals. The S60 now also uses Autobrake to reduce the impact of collisions. The car is also equipped with the optional Pilot Assist system which acts as the driver’s wingman, helping with steering, acceleration, and braking on wellmarked roads up to speeds of 130 km/h. The S60 also includes Run-off Road Mitigation and Oncoming Lane Mitigation along with a host of other steering assistance systems. There is the optional Cross Traffic Alert with Autobrake which spots crossing danger when backing up and further enhances the safety of other roadusers apart from the passengers.
With Volvo bidding adieu to diesel, the new S60 is offered with a choice of two turbocharged and supercharged plug-in hybrid petrol motors. The new T6 Twin Engine AWD Plug-in hybrid generates a combined 345 PS, while the award-winning T8 Twin Engine AWD Plug-in hybrid delivers a combined 390 PS, using a new “T34” spec 2.0-litre four-cylinder twin-blown petrol engine. Mild-hybrid versions based on the T5 engine spec should follow as well. All models will come paired with the Aisin eightspeed torque-converter automatic transmission, with the Twin Engine models using advanced GKN transmission units at the rear.
Volvo will also offer a performance handling upgrade with the electrified versions of the S60, called Polestar Engineered, developed by the manufacturer’s electric performance arm, Polestar. Initially, Polestar Engineered will only be available with the T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid and will also feature re-engineered wheels, brakes, suspension, and engine control unit, helping the Polestar Engineered S60 T8 develop a combined 422 PS while also being a sharper handler.
Another new feature for the S60 is that customers can get their hand on the new car via subscribing to the manufacturer’s new subscription service, “Care by Volvo”. The subscription allows prospective customers to get their hands on the new S60 with no down-payment, only a flat-fee paid monthly, offered as an alternative to the traditional car ownership model. Volvo claim this new system makes owning a car as easy and transparent as owning a phone. The new S60 will be launched globally later this year and will make its way to India in 2019.
( Left) Updated interior and information displays apart from new safety technology take the new S60 to the next level
( Top) The new plant in South Carolina, USA will take care of all production demands for the new S60; a selection of turbo-petrol and petrol-hybrid powertrains will be initially offered in all major global markets