The ageing sedan is getting an overhaul it desperately needs.
The stylish Volvo V60 wagon has finally been updated for the first time in nearly a decade, now riding on the same Scalable Product Architecture as the V90. Surely, then, it’s only a matter of time before the V60’s sedan sibling, the S60, will also receive an overdue update since the current model has been on sale since 2010. If you were worried that Volvo has forgotten about the S60, fear not. It’s been less than 24 hours since the second-generation V60 was revealed, but we already have confirmation that the new S60 will also be arriving soon.
While the V60 will be shown at the Geneva Motor Show next month, Volvo senior vice president Lex Kerssemakers confirmed to Roadshow that its sedan counterpart will debut at South Carolina this summer. That may sound like an unusual location to premiere a swanky Volvo sedan, but production will take place at Volvo's new factory in South Carolina, so it makes perfect sense. No further details were revealed, except that the S60 will be both visually and mechanically similar to the V60. But we knew that already. After all, every Volvo SUV, wagon and sedan consistently adopts a matryoshka-doll design philosophy.
Kerssemakers says this is a deliberate design decision to "offer premium-ness in all parts of the market." With this in mind, the new S60 should inherit the 2019 V60’s interior, which features a large Sensus Connect infotainment system and driver assists. It should also be available with the same powertrains, too, including a T5 FWD providing 250 hp and a T6 AWD with 316 hp, and two plug-in hybrid options in Europe. As for the current S60, the 2.0-liter turbocharged T5 produces 240 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque, while the more powerful T6 engine produces 302 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.