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

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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

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