Volvo has revealed the third generation S60 mid-size sedan at the company’s first US manufacturing plant in Charleston, South Carolina. The new S60 is the first Volvo car to be produced in the U.S., and the plant was also officially inaugurated on the same day.
The new S60 sits on the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform which underpins all the latest Volvos. It is also the first Volvo car to be sold without a diesel engine as part of the company’s commitment towards electrification.
The exterior photos here showcase the R-Design and the Polestar Engineered variants, which sport a sportier look over the Momentum and Inscription variants. The Polestar Engineered is an exclusive top-of-the-line plug-in hybrid variant that upgrades the car’s wheels, brakes, suspension and ECU.
Speaking of which, the Polestar Engineered T8 Twin Engine AWD plug-in hybrid delivers a combined output of 415 hp (from its 2.0L turbocharged and supercharged petrol engine with electric motors). Without the Polestar tuning, the same T8 Twin Engine AWD plug-in hybrid delivers a combined 400 hp. There’ll also be a T6 Twin Engine AWD plug-in hybrid that generates a combined 340 hp.
Other variants include a T5 FWD and T6 AWD with a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine delivering 250 hp and 316 hp, respectively.
The R-Design and Polestar Engineered variants feature black interiors. The latter features yellow seat belts. Equipment list includes a fully digital instrument cluster, a 9-inch Sensus Connect infotainment system compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and 4G, a panoramic moon roof, and 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins or 14-speaker Harman Kardon sound system.
Safety systems include City Safety with Autobrake technology (which is claimed to be the only system on the market to recognize pedestrians, cyclists and large animals), Run-off Road Mitigation, Oncoming Lane Mitigation and other steering assistance systems.
Optional systems include Pilot Assist system—which supports the driver with steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads up to 130 km/h—with improved cornering performance, and Cross Traffic Alert with autobrake.
Volvo calls the S60 a sports sedan. “The active chassis and drive modes deliver excellent control and an engaged performance that makes this a driver’s car,” said Henrik Green, Senior Vice President for research and development at Volvo Cars. “It also brings the acclaimed technology from our 90 Series and other 60 Series cars into this segment, making it one of the best sports sedans on the market.”
Prices start at $35,800 (for T5 FWD Momentum). The T8 Twin Engine AWD R-Design carries a price tag of $54,400 (without Polestar tuning).
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