Volvo is on a roll. Has been for a while. And that roll looks set to continue thanks to this – the new Volvo S60. It is a car of firsts. The first Volvo to be built in the USA, at the company’s factory in Charleston, South Carolina, and the first Volvo not to be offered with a diesel engine.
South Africa is taking T4, T5 and T6 versions of Volvo S60, all of which use the same 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol and eight-speed auto. The T5 (the one we think will provide the bulk of sales) gives 184kW which is sent to the front-wheels only. The T6 adds supercharging for an extra 44kW and all-wheel drive. It manages 0-100kph in 5.6 seconds, 0.9 seconds quicker than the T5. Then there are the plug-ins. The T8 pair that 2.0-litre engine with a 10.8kWh battery and an e-motor on the rear-axle, giving an EV-range of 50 kilometres and a combined output of 287kW. It is under consideration for SA, where it would join the XC90 as the second T8 model.
The boss’s claims that S60 is“one of the most exciting Volvo cars [they’ve] ever made” and “a true driver’s car” will be thoroughly tested. Don’t you worry…
Based on the same ‘SPA’ architecture as the XC90, XC60, V90 and so-on, the Volvo S60 naturally gets all of Volvo’s deeply impressive safety and semi-autonomous kit, including ‘Autobrake’ tech that can recognise pedestrians, cyclists and large animals, and Pilot Assist that helps with steering, braking and accelerating on marked roads at up to 80mph. Inside you get the same portrait touchscreen as Volvo’s other cars.
Prices haven’t been announced, but first S60 models will arrive in SA early 2019. Wonder if that’s enough time for Volvo SA to provide a locally-developed subscription service, like in the rest of the world?
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