Swedish manufacturer Volvo is going against the trend and launching an actual saloon instead of yet another crossover. And wouldn’t you know it, the new Volvo S60 just might be the best looking saloon on sale today…
While Detroit is killing its saloons in favour of more and more SUVs, the Swedes still have hope for their beloved three-box design.
Chinese-owned Volvo has revealed the new S60, to be manufactured in the company’s new US plant in South Carolina and hit the road going up against rivals such as the Lexus IS, Mercedes C-Class, BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Cadillac ATS.
Last year the resurrected Volvo brand reported record results, but it wasn’t the saloons that helped the Swedes achieve sales of over 570,000 cars in 2017 – by far the brand’s best selling models are the XC60 and XC90 crossovers, because Volvo isn’t immune to the SUV-craze sweeping the world.
In any case, company boss Håkan Samuelsson says Volvo was keen to do a “true drivers’ car”, and hence the S60 just launched available with two turbocharged and supercharged plug-in hybrid petrol engines. The Volvo S60 T6 will come with all-wheel drive and a plug-in hybrid system to develop 340 horsepower, and the “full-options” T8 is rated at 400bhp. Additionally the manufacturer’s performance arm Polestar can do you an optional package for the S60 T8 bossing power to 415bhp and upgrading the car’s wheels, Brembo brakes, and suspension to cope with nearly-BMW-M3 levels of grunt.
Built on the company’s modular platform the S60 makes use of Volvo’s 2.0-litre twin-charged four-cylinder engine, and although Samuelsson wants to cater to enthusiasts, the Swedes have released no performance figures yet. They are very proud however of the S60’s various driver assist features and safety kit, as you’d expect from Volvo, which includes a world-first auto-braking system that’ll detect pretty much any obstacle heading for your face. And with 415bhp at disposal it’ll probably be coming at you fast.
Volvo says the S60 will commence sales later this year with prices starting from about AED130,000 for base front-wheel drive cars, and moving up to AED200,000 for the flagship S60 T8.