- 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
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
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
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
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,
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