Volvo Cars has on Wednesday revealed the new S60 mid-size premium sports sedan at the company’s first US manufacturing plant in Charleston, South Carolina.
In South Africa, the S60 will be available with two turbocharged petrol engines (T4 and T5), and a super-and-turbo-charged petrol derivative (T6).
Senior Vice President for Research and Development at Volvo Cars Henrik Green said the premium carmaker will introduce the new S60 in South Africa next year, but final dates and specification are not yet available.
He said the T6 and T8 Twin Engines are under consideration for South Africa.
“The active chassis and drive modes deliver excellent control and an engaged performance that makes this a driver’s car.
It also brings the acclaimed technology from our 90 Series and other 60 Series cars into this segment, making it one of the best sports sedans on the market,” said Green.
Combined car launch and factory opening reinforce Volvo Cars’ commitment to the US, an important market for the company brand its new premium sports sedan.
President and Chief Executive of Volvo Cars Håkan Samuelsson said the new S60 is the first Volvo car made in the US.
“The new S60 is one of the most exciting cars we’ve ever made. It is a true driver’s car that gives us a strong position in the US and China sedan markets, creating more growth opportunities for Volvo Cars,” Samuelsson.
The new S60 is the first Volvo to go on sale without a diesel offer, signalling the company’s industry-leading commitment to electrification and a long-term future beyond the traditional combustion engine.
In 2017 Volvo Cars were the first global car maker to announce its strategy that it will electrify the new model from 2019.
The new S60 shares Volvo Cars’ own Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, safety technology, and infotainment system with the new V60 premium mid-size estate, launched earlier this year, and the top-of-the-line 90 Series cars and award-winning XC60, all of which have achieved industry-leading safety ratings.
This makes the new S60 one of the safest cars on the road.
City Safety with Autobrake technology assists the driver in avoiding potential collisions and is the only system on the market to recognise pedestrians, cyclists, and large animals.
In a world first for the mid-size sedan 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 that it has upgraded to 130km/h with improved cornering performance.
The S60 also includes Run-off-road Mitigation, Oncoming Lane Mitigation, and other steering help systems.
The optional Cross Traffic Alert with auto brake further enhances safety for people inside and outside the car.
Volvo Cars’ Sensus Connect infotainment system is 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 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 305kW (415hp)*.
This model is also under consideration for South Africa