Volvo has announced its forthcoming S60 upper medium saloon will be its first model to be offered without a diesel variant when it launches later this year.

The Swedish firm added that from next year it will only launch new models with petrol mild-hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure battery powertrains, with the company’s chief executive, Hakan Samuelsson, confirming the brand will not work on developing new diesel engines.

“We will phase out cars with only an internal combustion engine, with petrol hybrid versions as a transitional option as we move towards full electrification. The new S60 represents the next step in that commitment,” he said.

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From launch, the S60 will be powered by the firm’s ‘Drive-E’ four cylinder petrol engines, as well as two petrol plug-in hybrids with petrol mild-hybrids to follow next year.

Volvo announced last July it would offer every new model on sale from 2019 onwards with a form of electrification, while the brand added it would launch five EVs between 2019 and 2023, with petrol and diesel mild and plug-in hybrids supplementing the pure EV options.

“Volvo will not invest in a new generation of diesel engines. Nor will we launch another new car with diesel engines,” a spokesman for the firm told Company Car Today. “The current generation of diesel – and petrol – engines will be updated to meet the latest emissions standards, and existing cars will be offered with mild hybrid diesels from 2019 (these using current-gen technology).”

Last month, Volvo announced it aimed for fully electric vehicles to make up half of its total global sales by 2025.