Volvo is close to more than just a standard vehicle cycle in the coming weeks.
With the sedan S60 comes the last model based on the SPA platform architecture. Six years ago, the Swedes, with the Chinese manufacturer Geely in the background, laid the foundation for an unusually long and continuous growth phase in Germany. Much has changed with or in this cycle, or is about to change. Starting with the decision to consistently anchor the downsizing as the DNA of this series in the engines with four-cylinder and the classic 2,0 liter displacement.
Battery cars are in the starting blocks at Volvo
Followed by the announcement that the diesel drives based on this basic engine will only be optimized, after which the diesel engine will be shelved. Messages that calm the green conscience of classic Volvo customers over the long term. And now, after the announcement that Volvo cars will be limited to 180 km / h in the future, comes from Greta Thunberg's homeland, yet another melodious message: The S60 still gets free-wheeling over 180 km / h, but no longer a diesel engine, whereby the Alternative highlighted hybrid drive is an eco-blender. But more on that later. Volvo will roll out hybridization across all model series in the coming years. But basically the so-called BEVs (Battery Electrical Vehicles) already determine the agenda of the Swedes. In just over four weeks, the brand's smallest SUV, the XC 40, will be presented as a battery-powered car. Volvo is promising five BEVs by the end of 2021, two of which will come from the Polestar performance brand. So much for the future.
The S60 is the first Volvo car from the USA to arrive in Europe
The fact that the last model of this vehicle generation has the longest journey to Europe also fits into the picture of the new era. The S60 is the first overseas Volvo passenger car for the Old World. A plant was built especially for him in Charleston in the US federal start in South Carolina. The hometown of the S60 is no coincidence, because the USA - like China - are still major sedan markets. Completely different to Europe, where Volvo has generated decent growth year after year, especially with station wagons and, since the introduction of the SPA platform, also with the SUVs XC90 and XC60. And because the combination of sedan and diesel is almost impossible for the USA and China, there were certainly some very simple economic considerations not to include diesel in the sedan range at all.
The hybrid T8 Twin Engine with 390 PS system performance as the strongest powertrain for the S60
Anyway, the S60 sedan will rarely find sighting on German roads like the larger S90. With 4,76 meters in length, the platform also brings a sizeable (12,6 centimeter) size growth here, including the wheelbase (2,87 meters, plus 9,6 centimeters).
Since the ridge line has been lowered by 5,3 centimeters to 1,43 meters, the S60 appears long and slim, although a starting weight of 1677 kilograms is only of limited use as proof of a lightweight. In the case of a hybrid, the issue gets really intense, the part rolls through the world with a base load of over two tons. This hybrid called T8 Twin Engine has it all. With its system performance, the supposed eco-engine is by far the most powerful drive train in the series. Even from the four-cylinder engine, the engineers tickled a whopping 303 hp (223 kW) power for the front axle. In addition, there is the electric motor on the rear axle, which generates a further 87 hp (66 kW) and turns the S60 T8 into an all-wheel-drive sedan.
58 kilometers of pure electric range guarantee tax benefits
The drive draws electricity as a plug-in from the socket into a lithium-ion battery. It has a capacity of 113,6 kWh, which on the one hand brings the two-ton truck a maximum of 58 kilometers purely electrically, which guarantees it an E-license plate and thus a visible identification of advanced drive technology. On the other hand, the trunk volume of the S442, which is not particularly lush with 60 liters, is reduced to 390 liters here. Anyone who can add one and one together will also know how realistic the WLTP consumption figure of 2,3 liters for 100 kilometers is. In any case, it is much more likely that this hybrid cracker will achieve a top speed of 250 km / h and 100 km / h after 4,6 seconds.
The base model T4 R-Line with 190 PS (220 km / h peak / average fuel consumption 8,0 liters) starts at 43.200 Euro with a premium price. The 250 PS strong T5 (250 km / h peak / average consumption 8,0 liter) will be sold from 46.200 Euro. All come as standard with eight-speed automatic. For the plug-in hybrid, Volvo will then charge at least as sporty 59.000 Euro.