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Proudly US new Volvo S60 debuts with sleeker looks and no diesel


Claimed by its CEO, Håkan Samuelsson, to be “the most exciting cars we've ever made”, Volvo has officially taken the covers off of the new S60 at its brand-new plant in Charleston, South Carolina.

Leaked online back in March, the S60 becomes the latest model to make use of Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, and the first not offer the option of a diesel engine in-line with its shift towards providing electrification on every new model from 2019.

Like the 90-range of models as well as the V60, XC40 and XC60, the S60 incorporates Volvo’s signature Thor’s Hammer LED headlights and rounded grille, while the rear is a nod to the S90 with U-shaped LED taillights, oval dual exhaust outlets and a new diffuser. Inside, the S60 is standard Volvo fare where the Chinese owned Swedish automaker’s tablet-like Sensus Connect infotainment system once again take centre stage, incorporating both Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 4G LTE Wi-Fi and satellite navigation.

As ever, the S60 is equipped with Volvo’s latest array of safety and driver assistance systems, namely City Safety with Pedestrian, Cyclist and Animal Detection, upgraded (optional) Pilot Assist, Run-off Road Mitigation, Oncoming Lane Mitigation and the optional Cross Traffic Alert system with Automatic Braking.

Up front, the S60 will come powered by Volvo’s 2.0-litre Drive-E petrol engine where in the US, it will initially be offered in two Twin Engine hybrid flavours; the T6 producing 251kW/590Nm and the T8 that makes 298kW/640Nm. Due later will be the strictly turbocharged, petrol fuelled T5 making 183kW as well as the turbo-and supercharged T6 that produces 228kW/400Nm.

As option though, buyers can also opt for the Polestar upgrade on the T8, which not only adds upgraded brakes, suspension and unique wheels, but also bumps power output to 305kW and torque to a colossal 670Nm. While all models will be outfitted with the eight-speed Geartronic gearbox, the T5 will solely be available with front-wheel drive whereas the T6 and the two hybrid variants will be all-wheel drive.

According to reports, pricing for the S60 in the States will start at $35 800 (R491 176) for the entry-level T5 Momentum and top out at $55 400 (R760 088) for the T8 R-Design AWD.

Volvo Cars South Africa has meanwhile confirmed that the S60 will arrive on local shores next year in T5 and “normal” T6 guises, as well as a smaller T4 that makes 140kW. Both Twin Engine T6 and T8 models are under consideration with a final pricing and a local launch date only expected in 2019.

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