Volvo has revealed its new S60, the compact executive saloon that will be the first car the brand launches without a diesel option.
The brand recently declared it would not be launching any new models with a diesel, instead concentrating solely on petrol and electric technology, and the S60 ticks to that despite the dominance of diesel among the car’s rivals, such as the BMW 3-series and Audi A4.
Built in the USA, the S60 is still a year away from hitting UK roads, while its V60 estate sibling, complete with diesel engine, launches this summer. It will also be available via the company’s subscription service, Care, which Volvo claims helps to make owning a car as easy as owing a mobile phone.
Engines for the saloon are still to be confirmed, with T5 petrol and T6 and T8 plug-in hybrid likely, and the T6 petrol also available.
Standard safety kit includes Run-off Road Mitigation, Oncoming Lane Mitigation and other steering-assistance systems, while Volvo claims its City Safety with Autobrake system is the only system that can detect pedestrians, cyclists and large animals.
“The new S60 is one of the most exciting Volvo cars we’ve ever made,” said Hakan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars. “It is a true driver’s car that gives us a strong position in the US and China saloon markets, creating more growth opportunities for Volvo Cars.”