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24th October, 2013

Now available in Australia, the new-look Volvo S60 and V60 bring purposeful design, innovative new technologies and enhanced driving dynamics to the luxury sedan and wagon segment.

On the market as a sedan (S60) and wagon (V60) with a range of drivetrains, engines and specifications, from the Polestar-optimised 242kW T6 R-Design with All-Wheel Drive, to the fuel-efficient and infinitely practical V60 D4 Kinetic, there’s something for almost everyone in the mid-size premium market.

Accentuated road presence

The new front design increases the car’s road presence. The more focused and determined-looking headlamps help provide this new, expressive ‘face’, while the horizontal lines have been emphasised at both the front and rear. Together with details such as a wider grille and daylight running lights, they give the S60 a striking and confident presence.

Meanwhile, the V60’s silhouette is a visual reminder that this is no ordinary wagon – it’s a practical and stylish sports wagon.

Both models offer a new range of wheels with a variety of designs that increase the personalisation potential for customers. To further enhance the visual appeal, it’s now possible to specify 19-inch wheels and keep the same profile height as 18-inch wheels, without compromising comfort.

Redesigned interior

Scandinavian design is exemplified by beautiful, simple shapes and surfaces with any unnecessary clutter removed. Inside, the attention to detail, the authentic materials – such as high-quality wood and leather – and the easy-to-use controls contribute to the in-command driving experience.

There are upgrades such as new upholstery colours, new wood inlays, a new headliner, and the silk metal frames around the air vents and light controls.

New Sports Seats

Supportive yet comfortable seats that ensure a fresh and relaxed arrival after the longest of journeys have been one of Volvo strengths for decades. And now, buyers of the S60 and V60 have a new Sport Seat that retains this traditional comfort while making a perfect addition to the in-command feel of a true driver’s car. It has great hugging side support all the way from the thighs to the shoulders, so the seat keeps the driver firmly in position when cornering fast.

At the heart of the extra versatility of the V60 is its intelligent seating. The rear seats can be folded down in three 40/20/40 segments, so that 430 litres of load space can be supplemented quickly and easily. In addition, one simple movement, the in-built, two-stage booster cushions pop-up from the seat base giving a comfortable and safe ride height for children from three years and upwards.

Attention to detail

There are several other examples of the attention to detail in our new 60 cluster cars. The previously visible washer nozzles have been relocated out of sight under the bonnet, while the radar cover has been painted gloss black, which makes it disappear in the grille. The chrome frame around the grille has also been removed and the new, bigger iron mark badge enhances the new cars’ self-confident, modern, look. All models also now feature a signature ‘front wing’ painted Tech Matt black.

The new integrated tailpipes, which are available on the diesel variants, are the physical and visual link to the technically advanced engines. But it’s not just about beautiful design: the designers have had to cope with the fact that at operating temperature, the tailpipes have to remain perfectly in place despite the exhaust system expanding in length by up to 25mm. This is another example of Volvo precision engineering.

R-Design models dial up the sporting flavour

The R-Design model is available in T5 and T6 engine variants in both the S60 and V60. It features a unique face with a redesigned, dynamic, expressive nose. The frameless Tech Matte Black grille has high-gloss black stripes, a silk metal iron mark with diagonal and a refined R-Design emblem. The DRL lights in the outer corners reinforce the low, road-hugging impression. At the rear, the unique diffuser with aero fins is flanked by the round, high-tech R-Design tailpipes. The R-Design version is also now available with optional all-new 19-inch Ixion II wheels.

New generation R-Design interior

The new perforated leather sport seat comes as standard in the S60 and V60 R-Designs. Alternatively, you can order as a no-cost option an R-Design sport seat that features a blend of Nubuck textile and perforated leather. The embroidered R-design logo with a blue ‘R' confirms the sporty aura.

By blending black and machined aluminium inlays with perforated black leather and contrasting stitching, the design team has made an R-design interior with all the details in perfect harmony, crowned by the charcoal headliner. The new stainless steel tread plate with a bright blue ‘R' in the R-Design emblem is another exquisite detail.

Powerful T6 version

The Polestar-optimised T6 petrol engine has a displacement of 3.0-litres and pumps out a healthy 242kW and no less than 480Nm of torque. Fuel consumption is 10.2L/100km for the S60 and 10.3L/100km for the V60 (combined). The engine’s power is delivered to all four wheels via Volvo’s second-generation six-speed automatic Geartronic transmission.

Direct-injected petrol engines

Both the S60 and V60 are also available with the 2.0-litre GTDi (Gasoline Turbocharged Direct Injection) T5 producing 177kW at 5,500rpm and a useful 320Nm between 1,800-5,000rpm. Furthermore, there is a 1.6-litre GTDi engine available, the T4, with 132kW available on the S60. Fuel consumption is down to 7.4L/100km in the S60 T4 with 6-speed Powershift gearbox. This corresponds to CO2 emissions of 173g/km.

Just one fuel-efficient diesel needed

The five-cylinder D4 turbo diesel develops 120kW at 3,500rpm, and a mighty 400Nm between 1,500-2,750rpm. The D4 comes with the 6-speed Adaptive Geartronic, delivering just 5.9L/100km and CO2 emissions of just 155g/km in the S60 D4 on the 'combined cycle' (6.0L/100km and 160g/km for the V60 D4).

The S60 T5 and T6 R-Design comes as standard with the lowered Sport chassis, while the rest of the range comes with the Dynamic chassis as standard, with the option to specify the Four-C (Continuously Controlled Chassis Concept) chassis.

Paddleshift gearbox now available

Gearshift paddles now come as standard on the S60 T6 R-Design and V60 T6 R-Design, and are available as an option on all T4 engine cars. Gearshift paddles allow the driver the opportunity to shift gear manually with both hands on the wheel, further dialling up the sporty characteristics of the car.

Adaptive Digital Display

The Adaptive Digital Display, which debuted in the All-New V40, uses an active TFT (Thin Film Transistor) crystal display to bring the driver personalised information. There are three themes to choose from: Elegance, Eco and Performance.

The default mode Elegance has a classic look and lay out. The Eco mode has a green colour theme and is designed to encourage and reward a fuel-efficient driving style. Performance features red illumination, and a rev scale instead of the speedometer displayed in the Elegance and Eco versions. R-Design models feature their own unique start-up sequence within the display, while the Elegance theme is in blue.


IntelliSafe, Volvo’s sub-brand for all active safety systems, is an important part of the driver-centric approach in the S60 and V60.

Permanent high beam with ground-breaking technology
The new Active High Beam Control eliminates the need to switch between low and high beam. Instead, the system makes it possible to keep the headlights on full beam continuously.

When another car approaches from the opposite direction, the system helps to prevent dazzling of the oncoming driver by shading out only as much of the beam as necessary. This is done by an ingenious projector module mechanism integrated into the headlamp. The same benefit applies to drivers in preceding cars.

New Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection technology
New advanced software, including more rapid vision processing, has now made it possible to extend Volvo Cars’ present detection and auto brake technology to cover certain cyclist situations as well.

The new Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with full autobrake is equipped with an advanced sensor system that scans the area ahead. If a cyclist heading in the same direction as the car suddenly swerves out in front of the car as it approaches from behind and collision is imminent, there is an instant warning and full braking power is applied.

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The technology also detects if a pedestrian steps out into the road in front of the car. If the driver does not respond in time, the car can warn and automatically activate the brakes.

This system is part of the Adaptive Cruise Control option, which also includes Collision Warning with Full Autobrake, Queue Assist and the Driver Alert System.

City Safety – active up to 50km/h
The S60 and V60 feature Volvo’s innovative and upgraded City Safety system as standard. This system is active at speeds up to 50km/h. The car automatically brakes if the driver fails to react in time when the vehicle in front slows down or stops – or if the car is approaching a stationary vehicle too fast.

Cornering Light for better visibility
Another innovative option for driving in the dark is the low-speed Cornering Light feature. As an extension of the current Active Bending Light system, it lights up the area the driver is steering towards for safer manoeuvring.

Enhanced Blind Spot Information System
The S60 offers the enhanced Blind Sport Information System (BLIS), which is radar-based. The technology can now also monitor and alert the driver to rapidly approaching vehicles up to 70 metres behind the car. Of course it still informs the driver about vehicles in the blind spots on both sides.

Cross Traffic Alert – covering your back
Cross Traffic Alert uses the radar sensors at the rear end of the car to alert the driver to crossing traffic from the sides when reversing out of a parking space. This is especially helpful in tight and crowded areas where the side view might be limited due to infrastructure, vegetation or other parked cars.

This system is part of the updated Blind Spot Information System (BLIS).

Road Sign Information – and extra eye on the traffic
Road Sign Information supports the driver by displaying road signs in the instrument display. Road Sign Information can be combined with the Speed Alert function, which provides the driver with a visual warning in the speedometer if the speed limit is exceeded.

New Volvo S60 Pricing*

The Volvo S60 and V60 models provide cutting-edge design, class-leading safety technologies and a driving experience second-to-none. They also provide extraordinary value for money in their respect luxury sedan and wagon segments.

S60 T4 Kinetic


S60 T4 Luxury


S60 D4 Kinetic


S60 T5 Luxury


S60 D4 Luxury


S60 T5 R-Design


S60 T6 R-Design


New Volvo V60 Pricing*

V60 T5 Kinetic


V60 D4 Kinetic


V60 T5 Luxury


V60 D4 Luxury


V60 T5 R-Design


V60 T6 R-Design


The Driver Support Pack ($5,000*) is available on Luxury and R-Design models only and includes the following technologies:

  • Blind Spot Information System and Cross Traffic Alert
  • Driver Alert System (Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Aid, Active High Beam, Forward Collision Warning and Road Sign Information)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Collision Warning and Full Autobrake
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Auto dim rear view mirrors and side mirrors

All Volvo models come with a comprehensive three years/unlimited kilometre warranty, and the option to receive 12 or 24 months Volvo Extended Warranty. In addition, a complementary Volvo Roadside Assistance Programme runs 24/7 for the length of the manufacturer warranty or Volvo Extended Warranty.


* Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.



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