The new-generation Volvo S60 is a handsome looking car and it will be coming to India next year as well. Here is a quick lowdown on how the new Volvo S60 drives and why it could be a game-changer in its segment.
Volvo cars have been getting stylish and attractive off late. And after the stunning S90, the new S60 sedan is no different… It is a brand-new car from the ground up and completes Volvo‘s 60-series family consisting of the new-gen XC60, V60 and now the S60. Also, this will be the first ever Volvo model to not have a diesel engine option. We test drove the T6 all-wheel drive variant of the car and the T8 “Polestar Engineered” variant. As far as looks are concerned, there is an obvious resemblance to the S90. But there is also a low, sports sedan-like silhouette on the new S60. The red car, which is the S60 T6 AWD is dressed in the R-Design trim, which gets 19-inch wheels, and chrome bits on the grille. The signature Thor’s hammer daytime running lights and the stylish looking ‘E’ shaped tail lamps provide the car its own signature. The new S60 is so handsome that we definitely recommend this to James Bond, if in case he ever gets bored of driving British cars. It suits his personality too, suave, elegant and sexy in a very masculine way.
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The Black S60 is the top-spec ‘Polestar Engineered’ variant which looks even racier, with the blacked out grille, gold brake callipers, lightweight 20-inch wheels and the Polestar badges all around. It also gets sporty yellow seat-belts and Volvo’s patented crystal gear lever. To say that it looks gorgeous will be an understatement. It is easily the best-looking sedan in its segment which also has the Audi A4, BMW 3-Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
Step inside and you will find that the cabin carries a minimalist theme, which is the case with all new-generation Volvos. The materials used inside the cabin look and feel premium and the dashboard get a 9-inch Sensus touch-screen infotainment system which is found on the other 60-series cars as well. You get all forms of connectivity and smartphone integration options along with a Volvo on call app as well.
The T6 all-wheel drive gets a 2-litre in-line 4 motor which is turbo-charged and pumps out 310 brake horsepower at 5,700 rpm and 400 newton metres of peak torque between 2,200 to 5,100 rpm. The power is distributed to all 4-wheels via an 8-speed automatic.
The power delivery is linear and the car builds up speed nicely too. To go faster, you can select the dynamic drive mode, which weighs up the steering, throttle inputs are sensed quicker and the suspension too firms up for a sporty experience. But if you are looking for an authentic sports sedan experience, you might want to give the S60 Polestar a try.
The other model that we drove was the top-of-the-line T8 trim which gets a 2-litre petrol engine up front and an electric motor at the rear, making the car a plug-in hybrid model. On sheer electric power, the S60 T8 can go up to 45 kilometres. The combined power output is about 413 horses and the total torque output that is combining the torque output of the electric and the petrol motor is about 670 newton metres. It is a pretty torquey motor and this reflects in the drive as well. So right from, like 1,800 rpm, you have this massive surge of torque and mostly you will be driving this car on city roads and for that, the torque surge is spread across the rev range and you will never fall short of pulling power. The ride quality is really good, we have driven over some really bumpy roads and so far, the car has held up really well.
What really impressed us is how the Polestar Engineered S60 handles. We took the car on some twisties and found out that it loves to carve up corners. It responds very well to the steering inputs and has the right amount of weight as well. Plus, the S60 Polestar also gets better Ohlins suspension and the electric motor simply nullifies any turbo lag that a normal turbo-charged engine might have had. Plus, the grip offered too was pleasantly surprising.
The all-new Volvo S60 will be manufactured the company’s plant in Charleston, North Carolina and will come to India in the second half of 2019. Expect Volvo to price it competitively as the Swedish company will look to get a sizeable chunk of the premium luxury sedan segment in which the German manufacturers have a strong foothold. The new-gen S60 holds great promise as an overall package and we can’t wait to see it in India.
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