Volvo S60

Volvo S60

Debuting at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, the new Volvo S60 ups its game in both the sports and technology arenas. While it may lack some of the flare of the concept, this 4-door coupe certainly retains most of its distinctive characteristics.


Volvo S60When the first-generation S60 was launched in 2000, it quickly became a Volvo best-seller.

Nearly one million examples had been sold by the end of production.

Concerns that the still-quite-good-looking car that was the outgoing S60 would not be replaced were addressed with the release of the S60 concept car which premiered over a year ago.

Now, with an official debut set for March 2nd in Geneva, the production version of the 2011 breaks cover. It will be built in Ghent, and first deliveries are slated for this summer.

Exterior

Volvo S60Bearing a slight resemblance to the current generation Altima in front three-quarter, the vehicle has a slightly heavy look.

From other perspectives, it displays definite sport/luxury cues.

In profile, the roofline and lightly undulating character line are quite striking.

Front-end graphics create more a feeling of alertness than aggressiveness, and an interesting touch is the surfacing of the strikeface, which echoes that of the XC70.

Volvo S60The rear-end surfacing is perhaps the most successful, presenting a multi-faceted mix of convexity and concavity that interplays with its graphical elements.

It could be considered slightly busy, but for the most part is cleanly delineated with crisp surface transitions—though the tail lamp elements do seem to lack flow while ignoring the C-pillar entirely.

Additionally, the CHMSL appears to reside entirely under glazing.

Interior

The interior is reminiscent of the previous S60, but incorporates elements of Volvo’s current line-up and introduces some new styling touches.

Volvo S60 Interior Volvo S60 InteriorDetails were designed to evoke motion while the surfaces, material changes, and parting lines were used to give the impression of a driver-centric cockpit.

Volvo S60 Interior In line with the sporting intentions of the vehicle, standard seats are bolstered—including in the rear, which has a much-welcomed 30mm more knee-room than the old S60.

An interesting interior choice available is Beechwood Brown, a tan leather that harkens all the way back to the ever-classy P1800ES.

Technology and Specifications

Though there was certainly a strong focus on its sporting aspects outside and in, the vehicle does not fall short in the technology and safety categories.

A host of high-technology equipment is available including: Volvo’s 4-C active suspension, CitySafety, Corner Traction Control, Pedestrian Detection, Driver Alert Control, Blind Spot Information System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, and even a 180-degree grill-mounted camera for increased safety when exiting your driveway.

Volvo S60Engine specifications are promising as well: a more powerful turbocharged 3.0-liter in-line 6-cylinder makes 304BHP and 440Nm of torque while a new gasoline direct-inject 2.0 liter turbo makes 203BHP and 300Nm.

Wrap-up

Volvo targets annual global sales of 90,000 units—this may be aiming high considering the current state of world economy and the fact that—even in its peak year—the previous generation S60 sold 110,000 units worldwide.

The wider appeal and broader target market (presumably including the growing premium markets in Russia and China) of this new car may just make the difference. Time will tell.

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(Source: Volvo)

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