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The new Volvo S60 will be
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25th February, 2010

  • The most dynamic Volvo sedan ever manufactured
  • First vehicle worldwide to feature Pedestrian Detection & Avoidance technology
  • First Volvo to offer new 2.0 petrol Direct Turbo Injection (GTDi) engine
  • T6 engine up from 210 kW to 224 kW

The all-new Volvo S60, due to be unveiled at next week's Geneva Motor Show, marks its entry into one of the toughest automotive segments with a new extroverted attitude never before seen from Volvo.

The Volvo S60 will appeal to the emotions of buyers thanks to its sporty design, dynamic driving properties, innovative technologies and safety standards.

"The sporty design delivers a visual promise of enthusiastic driving characteristics and I can assure you that the all-new S60 truly lives up to that promise. Its driving properties are better than those of any previous Volvo. What is more, the car's innovative new technologies help you become both a better and a safer driver," says Volvo Cars President and CEO Stephen Odell.

"The competition is razor-sharp and the customers know exactly what they want. The emphasis is on emotional stance, sporty design and dynamic driving properties. Success in this segment means a lot for the brand's image and we are convinced that the all-new S60 will be one of the strongest contenders," says Mr Odell.

Sculpted to move you

The all-new Volvo S60 is sportier and more dynamic than any previous Volvo yet it is still an unmistakeable tribute to Scandinavian design.

"The S60 has been sculpted to move you. Every single line in its design is there to transport you both physically and emotionally. Its profile radiates so much coupe feeling that the rear doors come as something of a pleasant surprise when you examine the car close-up," says Volvo Cars' Design Director Peter Horbury.

Virtually all the lines were penned to carve out the dynamic profile. The C-pillar of the all-new S60 stretches all the way to the tail lamps - and the slim roof line is accompanied by a new contour on the 'shoulders' on either side of the lower body, providing a gentle yet powerful double wave from the headlamps at the front to the tail lamps at the rear.

The dip in the middle of the double wave visually pushes the car down. This enhances the stance and makes the car look sleeker and lower. The sculpted bonnet and the short overhangs front and rear also emphasise the sports car feel.

The most dynamic Volvo ever

The all-new S60 is exceptional from the driver's seat and is without a doubt the most dynamic car model Volvo has ever presented.

"This project has been about pure passion for the task of driving Volvo's chassis development expertise to its very pinnacle. We've crossed into territory where we've never been before," says Stefan Sällqvist, who headed the team responsible for chassis development.

The sedan can be specified with a choice of two chassis – Comfort (US and Asian markets) and Dynamic (European and Australian markets) with a sport variant available as an option.

The difference between the two chassis alternatives is to be found in the dampers and the front and rear subframes.

"The spotlight was on giving the concept of comfort a whole new dimension. The dynamic chassis has an alert, quick-responding architecture that puts the focus on the driving experience, yet without diluting the impression of a comfortable ride," explains Mr Sällqvist.

During the development process, the chassis team carved out a solution featuring changes and refinements for virtually every detail that influences a car's driving properties. This includes improved steering, stiffer springs and bushes as well as more damping than in any previous Volvo.

The software in the Haldex AWD system has been modified to allow the four-wheel drive variants of the all-new Volvo S60 to exploit the sporty new chassis to the limit.

All variants of the new S60 can be specified with the advanced, self-adjusting FOUR-C active chassis. The FOUR-C active chassis has been modified and refined for better control and more comfortable feel compared to previous Volvos.

The dynamic new chassis in the all-new Volvo S60 is backed up by a range of electronic systems that sharpen the sporty driving experience still further.

The S60 features Stability Control. With a new roll angle sensor, it is possible to identify any skidding tendency at a very early stage. This means that the Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC) can step in earlier and with greater precision. Stability Control is a great asset in dynamic driving involving considerable lateral forces, thus improving handling and rapid avoidance manoeuvres.

Corner Traction Control for tighter cornering

Corner Traction Control is a new feature that uses torque vectoring so the car takes curves even more smoothly. This technology is a further refinement of the DSTC system. When cornering, the car's inner driven wheel is braked at the same time as more power is transmitted to the outer driven wheel. This allows the driver to take the curve more tightly while reducing any tendency to understeer.

A highly advanced braking system is an important part of the dynamic driving properties of the all-new S60. The sedan is equipped with a number of features that interact to provide the shortest possible stopping distance in all scenarios.

Exclusive quality inside

The interior of the all-new S60 takes Volvo Cars to a new dimension in terms of exclusive quality. In addition, Volvo Cars' designers have added in excitement, contrast and playfulness to the rational simplicity of Scandinavian design tradition.

"The interior has a more extrovert attitude than before, but without losing any of its practical Scandinavian roots. The all-new S60 brings us up to a whole new level when it comes to the integral experience of colour, form, material and technology," says Peter Horbury.

Scandinavian design is often described with rational adjectives such as functionality, simplicity and clarity. When designing the all-new S60, the design team also added in a modern touch, details that generate excitement, contrast and playfulness.

The interior of the all-new S60 is lavish in terms of its driver-oriented details, but it is still a five-seater car offering comfortable space for all its occupants. The sculpted outer rear seats give the passenger in the middle welcome side support. Knee space in the rear seat has increased by 30 mm compared with the previous-generation S60. The rear seat splits 40/60 and the boot opening has been made 107 mm wider than in the previous-generation S60.

Most high-tech Volvo ever - with Pedestrian Detection

The sporty interior of the all-new S60 is also the most advanced high-tech environment ever offered to a Volvo driver.

"The interior of the all-new S60 is all about innovative design in two areas: form and technology. The design is characterised by sporty freshness down to the smallest detail. The technological aspect includes all those smart solutions that contribute to a driving experience unlike that of any other Volvo - from collision avoidance safety and comfort systems to infotainment and audio excellence of absolute world class," says Tomas Ahlborg, Project Director for the all-new Volvo S60.

Pedestrian Detection with full auto brake is a groundbreaking technological solution. It can detect pedestrians who walk into the road in front of the car, warn the driver - and automatically apply full braking power if the driver does not respond in time.

"We are truly proud of our success in making our technology so reliable that we can offer a complete system that can avoid a collision with a pedestrian by detecting, alerting and applying full braking. It's a world first, to the best of our knowledge. With this technology we have increased the braking force in our automatic braking system from fifty per cent to full stopping power," says Thomas Broberg, Senior Safety Advisor at Volvo Cars.

Avoid a collision with a pedestrian at up to 35 km/h

In an emergency situation the driver first receives an audible warning combined with a flashing light in the windscreen's head-up display. At the same time, the car's brakes are pre-charged. If the driver does not react to the warning and an accident is imminent, full braking power is automatically applied.

Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake can avoid a collision with a pedestrian at speeds of up to 35 km/h if the driver does not react in time. At higher speeds, the focus is on slowing down the car as much as possible prior to the impact.

A lower speed of impact means that the risk of serious injury is significantly reduced. For instance, if speed is cut from 50 km/h to 25 km/h, Pedestrian Detection with full auto brake is expected to reduce the fatality risk by as much as 20 per cent.

City Safety standard

The all-new Volvo S60 also features City Safety as standard. With City Safety, the car automatically brakes if the driver fails to react in time when the vehicle in front slows down or stops - or if he or she is driving too fast towards a stationary object. The system can lessen or even entirely avoid low-speed rear-end impacts at speeds up to 30 kilometres an hour.

More powerful T6 engine

During its first year of production, the all-new Volvo S60 will be available with a variety of diesel and petrol engines spanning the range from an economical 85 kW DRIVe version to a high-performance turbocharged T6 petrol engine producing 224 kW. The T6 petrol engine has a displacement of 3.0 litres and has been improved still further, primarily thanks to lower internal friction. It now pumps out 224 kW and no less than 440 Nm of torque. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h takes 6.5 seconds and top speed is 250 km/h.

At the same time, Volvo Cars' engine specialists have succeeded in cutting fuel consumption by about 10 per cent to 10.2 l/100 km (EU Combined, preliminary figure).

The engine's power is delivered to the wheels via Volvo's second-generation six-speed automatic Geartronic transmission. New valves and lower friction mean faster gearchanges than before. All-Wheel Drive is standard on the T6.

New direct-injected two litre engine

The new four-cylinder 2.0 GTDi (petrol Turbocharged Direct Injection) engine has a displacement of 2.0 litres and produces a generous 149 kW with 300 Nm of torque available from 1,750 rpm. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h takes 7.7 seconds with the manual gearbox and 8.2 seconds with the automatic. The top speed figures are 235 km/h (manual) and 230 km/h (automatic).

The Volvo S60 2.0T with manual gearbox uses just 7.9 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres (EU Combined, preliminary figure).

New Volvo-developed turbocharging technology, direct injection and twin variable camshafts give a unique combination of low fuel consumption, low emissions and high performance across a wide rev range - all in a particularly compact format.

The turbocharger is the market's smallest in relation to the engine's maximum power output. Another new feature is that the exhaust manifold and turbocharger are made of sheet steel rather than a heavier casting. A manifold made of sheet steel is admittedly nothing particularly new but thus far it has only been used in combination with a cast turbo housing. The new fully integrated turbo system of sheet steel is a world innovation and has been patented by Volvo.

Later during the first year of production, the all-new Volvo S60 will also become available as a 2.0 GTDi variant (T5) producing 176 kW and torque of 320 Nm. Furthermore, there will be a 1.6 litre GTDi engine available in two versions: 132 kW (T4) and 110 kW (T3) with torque of 240 Nm.

All the GTDi engines will be available in combination with Volvo's automatic six-speed Powershift transmission or a six-speed manual gearbox.

Two five cylinder turbodiesels

The engine range also includes two five-cylinder turbodiesels.

The D5 high-performance engine with twin turbos produces 151 kW and 420 Nm of torque. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h takes 7.8 seconds (manual and automatic). Top speed is 235 km/h (manual) and 230 km/h (automatic).

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In the most recent D5 version, which was introduced in 2009, the performance and driveability requirements have been met by fitting two turbochargers of different sizes, one taking over from the other and providing added power across a broader rev range. Fuel consumption is 5.9 l/100 km (EU Combined, preliminary figure) with the manual gearbox, putting this engine in the running for best in class.

In addition there is the newly developed two litre D3 producing 118 kW and 400 Nm of torque. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h takes 9.2 seconds (manual and automatic). Top speed is 220 km/h (manual) and 215 km/h (automatic).

The new five cylinder D3 is in principle the same engine as the present 2.4D, but cylinder capacity has been reduced with a shorter stroke to optimise fuel consumption. With a manual gearbox, fuel consumption (EU Combined, preliminary figure) is now down to 5.2 l/100 km with a manual gearbox.

Both turbodiesels are available with six-speed automatic transmissions or a six-speed manual gearbox. The D5 can also be specified with all-wheel drive.

DRIVe diesel below 115 g/km

During the course of the first year of production, a DRIVe version of the all-new Volvo S60 will also be introduced, featuring a 1.6 litre diesel engine. Fuel consumption is 4.3 l/100 km (EU Combined, preliminary figure), corresponding to CO2 emissions below 115 g/km. The engine produces 85 kW and 270 Nm of torque, and will only be available with a six-speed manual gearbox.

Engine range from start of production

Petrol engines







6 cyl in-line

224 kW

440 Nm



4-cyl in-line

149 kW

300 Nm

Diesel engines







5-cyl in-line

151 kW

420 Nm



5-cyl in-line

118 kW

400 Nm

Engines added during first year of production:

Petrol engines







4 cyl in-line

176 kW

320 Nm



4 cyl in-line

132 kW

240 Nm



4 cyl in-line

110 kW

240 Nm

Diesel engines





1.6 D DRIVe


4-cyl in-line

85 kW

270 Nm

New infotainment system - and world-class sound

The all-new Volvo S60 gets an all-new infotainment system where information from the audio unit, navigation system, mobile phone and other functions is presented on a five-inch or seven-inch colour screen in the upper part of the centre console.

The screen is installed high to make it easy for the driver to keep his or her eyes on the road.

"We are one of the few manufacturers to give the driver access to all infotainment functions via controls in the steering wheel," says Tomas Ahlborg.

The audio experience in the all-new S60 has been enhanced compared with previous models.

One of the first car models with MultEQ

"Our most advanced system, Premium Sound, has a class-D digital 5x130W amplifier with circuits from Sweden's Anaview, Dolby Digital in combination with Dolby Pro Logic II Surround, the MultEQ from Audyssey Laboratories and 12 loudspeakers. All this provides an audio experience of absolute world class," says Mr Ahlborg.

The Volvo S60 is one of the first car models in the world to use Audyssey Laboratories MultEQ technology, the standard for room equalisation in the home and professional theatre markets. MultEQ removes distortion caused by the car cabin's acoustics, enabling crisp, clear sound with improved soundstage for everyone in the car.

In addition to the top-of-the line Premium Sound, the all-new S60 is available with a choice of three other audio systems.

Annual target 90,000 cars

The initial annual target for the all-new Volvo S60 is 90,000 cars. The customer base is spread unusually uniformly throughout the world. Europe (including Russia), North America and the rest of the world will each account for about one-third of total sales.

The all-new Volvo S60 is built at the Volvo Cars factory in Ghent, Belgium. The first cars will be delivered to customers in early (northern) summer 2010.

"Irrespective of whether the customers are in the USA, Europe or elsewhere in the world, they all prioritise the same characteristics. Now we are giving them an entirely new S60 that has a unique appeal to even the most discerning of buyers," says Stephen Odell.

The Volvo S60 will be launched in Australia at the end of 2010.  Final specification and pricing is yet to be determined.


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