The Swedish carmaker, Volvo, has announced that it will defer from launching any diesel variant for its upcoming sedan S60. It will be the first time that Volvo will launch a car without the diesel variant. The sedan will be built in a unit in Charleston, South Carolina.
The car will be available with the following three options,namely a mild petrol hybrid, a plug-in petrol hybrid or a battery electric vehicle. A range of 4-cylinder Drive-E petrol engines and two petrol plug-in hybrid versions will be available in the market initially, followed by mild-hybrid version which is expected to arrive next year. The Sedan is built on the Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) like the the S90, XC90 and the XC60 crossover SUV. Thor’s Hammer LED daytime running lamps, a wide grille similar to the V60, and the C-shaped LED taillights inspired from the S90 are a few of the features we should expect on the Volvo’s latest Sedan. The V60 Wagon is already available in the market, the S60 is expected to take up styling and design cues from the former.
Håkan Samuelsson, President and Chief Executive of Volvo Cars said, “Our future is electric and we will no longer develop a new generation of diesel engines. We will phase out cars with 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.” The seadn is supposed to be making a debut by the end of the current year. But the launch date can be in 2019 or 2020. It is to be seen if the company waits, for the BS VI emission norms to be announced, for the launch. The second gen model of the car which is already available in India is sold at Rs. 38.51 lakhs. Volvo has decided to completely eliminate the idea of diesel engines in the line of S60, which is suspected to be a step to have its 50% of global sales out of EVs by 2025.
Some of the Volvo Sedan S60’s potential rivals are the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Jaguar XE and the Audi A4.