New Volvo S60 swaps diesels for plug-in hybrids

Written by: Callie

Posted on June 26, 2018

New Volvo S60 swaps diesels for plug-in hybrids

Volvo will offer its new V60 with a choice of two hybrid powertrains.

Aside from the T5 and T6 petrol engines, the S60 will launch with a pair of all-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid options: the T6 Twin Engine, which generates up to 335bhp, and the award-winning 394bhp T8 Twin Engine.

The car sits on the same Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform as Volvo’s XC90 SUV and is set to be one of the safest saloons on the market.

That’s thanks to class-leading safety features like City Safety – the only system on the market that recognises pedestrians, cyclists and large animals – and Pilot Assist, which supports drivers with steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads up to 80mph.

The mid-size premium sports saloon will be the first ever Volvo model to be built on US soil, with production being handled at a new manufacturing plant in Charleston, South Carolina.

Volvo has produced some remarkable cars over the decades, but the Swedish brand’s chief executive Håkan Samuelsson reckons 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 saloon markets, creating more growth opportunities for Volvo Cars,” he commented.

The S60 will shake things up even further by being available via a monthly subscription service.

Rather than buy the car outright, customers will be able to drive the new S60 via Care by Volvo – a subscription service with no down payment via a flat-fee subscription every month. Think of it as Netflix for cars.

Volvo says this idea makes having a car “as transparent, easy and hassle-free as having a phone”.

Stephen Hasley, brand manager at the Green Journey, adds: “Volvo has proved it can do plug-in hybrids right with the XC90 T8 and we’re confident it’ll come up with the goods again with the S60.”

 

New S60 will be the first Volvo to be built in the US

Volvo’s new S60 has been revealed at the Swedish car maker’s first US-based manufacturing plant.

This means the mid-size sports saloon will be the first Volvo to be built on American soil, with production taking place in Charleston, South Carolina.

The new S60 will launch with a choice of two petrol engines – T5 and T6 – as well as a pair of all-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid options: the 335bhp T6 Twin Engine and the award-winning 394bhp T8 Twin Engine.

Underpinning the saloon is the same Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform as Volvo’s top-line 90 series.

It also makes use of the same safety features, such as City Safety and Pilot Assist, which should elevate the S60 above its rivals for safety-conscious fleet bosses.

Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars, hailed the new S60 as “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 saloon markets, creating more growth opportunities for Volvo Cars,” he commented.

Customers will be able to drive the new S60 via the new Care by Volvo premium subscription service. This offers an alternative to traditional ownership by providing access to an S60 with no down payment via a monthly flat-fee subscription.

Volvo says this makes having a car “as transparent, easy and hassle-free as having a phone”.

Stephen Hasley, brand manager at the Green Journey, adds: “Volvo has come up with some innovative ideas that could really shake up how people buy their cars in future.”