Making a bold move toward achieving cleaner cars, Volvo Cars has announced that its upcoming new-gen Volvo S60 sedan will not have a diesel engine on offer. Slated for a global launch later this year in the spring, the new Volvo S60 sedan will be the first car from the company to be offered without a diesel powertrain. In fact, including the 2019 Volvo S60, all new Volvo models launched from 2019 will be available as either a mild petrol hybrid, plug-in petrol hybrid or battery electric vehicle. Volvo's decision to eliminate diesel engines from the S60's line up is in line with the company's electrification strategy, aiming for fully electric cars to make up 50 per cent of its global sales by 2025.
Commenting on the company's decision to eliminate diesel engine from the new S60 sedan's line up, Hakan Samuelsson, President and Chief Executive of Volvo Cars said, "Our future is electric and we will no longer develop a new generation of diesel engines. We will phase out cars with only an internal combustion engine, with petrol hybrid versions as a transitional option as we move towards full electrification. The new S60 represents the next step in that commitment."
As for the car itself, the new-gen Volvo S60 sedan is based on the company's versatile Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), which currently also underpins SUV and Estate cousins - the new XC60 and V60. The spy images of the car that have leaked online and the teaser image shared by Samuelsson himself, have already revealed to us what the new S60 will look like. In fact, several of its design and styling cues have been borrowed from the company's flagship sedan, the Volvo S90.
The car will definitely get the company's signature Thor's Hammer LED daytime running lamps, a wide grille similar to the V60, and the C-shaped LED taillights inspired from the S90. The cabin, on the other hand, will also be largely similar to the V60 and will feature new soft-touch materials, premium plastics and a massive touchscreen infotainment system.
Volvo has confirmed that the new S60 will initially be available with a range of four-cylinder Drive-E petrol engines as well as with two petrol plug-in hybrid versions. Mild hybrid versions will follow next year. Production of the new S60 will start this fall at Volvo Cars' brand new manufacturing facility outside Charleston, South Carolina.