Volvo’s complete renewal of its product range reaches another milestone with the introduction of the new S60, a premium mid-size saloon. It makes its debut in UK showrooms from 11 May in a high-specification launch version, the R-Design Edition, The range that will grow in line with Volvo’s current model delineation which will include a wide choice of equipment grades and powertrains.
The third-generation, USA built, S60 is the most dynamic Volvo ever produced, claims Volvo. R-Design models are traditionally offered with a lowered sports suspension set-up and 19-inch alloy wheels with a contrast diamond cut and black finish. In the cabin, the heated sports front seats are upholstered in a combination of Nappa leather and fabric, while a black headlining and metal mesh interior trim add to the sporty ambiance.
Premium features include a driver’s head-up display, rear-view camera, front and rear parking sensors, a heated steering wheel and a 600W 14-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system.
The Sensus Connect system provides features, navigation and onboard connectivity via a central nine-inch touchscreen or voice commands. Smartphones can also be synced with ease, via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The advanced technology features include Pilot Assist, BLIS – Blind Spot Information System – with Cross Traffic Alert and Rear Collision Mitigation.
At launch, the Volvo S60 is available with a single, front-wheel-drive 2.0-litre 250hp T5 turbocharged petrol engine, matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Combined cycle fuel economy ranges from 35.3 to 39.8mpg, CO2 emissions are from 152g/km, while 0-62mph can be dispatched in just 6.5 seconds.
Following its UK launch, the S60 range will soon be extended to incorporate further equipment grades and powertrain choices, including all-wheel-drive petrol-electric hybrids.
The Volvo S60 is also the first of Volvo’s current models to not be offered with diesel power.
The S60 R-Design Edition is on sale now, priced at £37,920 on the road. First deliveries to customers are expected from May this year.