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    2019 Volvo S60: A Swede with An American Accent

      Built in the USA


    The 2019 Volvo S60 marks a few milestones for the Swedish automaker. For one, Volvo can finally say goodbye to the final remnants of its Ford ownership. The S60 is also the first model for the brand to be built in the U.S. at a new plant in South Carolina. It will also be the first Volvo to not offer a diesel engine.

    At first glance, the S60 looks almost the same as the larger S90 sedan. But get a bit closer and there are some major differences. For example, the 'Thor's Hammer' daytime running lights are closer to the grille than on the S90. The bumpers are much more aggressive and the doors feature deeper stamps and creases. Compared to the outgoing S60, the new model is slightly longer. Most of that increase goes to those sitting in the backseat. The interior is the same as you'll find in the V60 and XC60, complete with the 9-inch Sensus infotainment system. 

    Three engines will be on offer for the U.S.

    • T5: Turbocharged 2.0L Four-Cylinder, 250 horsepower, Front-Wheel Drive
    • T6: Twincharged 2.0L Four-Cylinder, 300 horsepower, All-Wheel Drive
    • T8 Twin-Engine: Twincharged 2.0L Four-Cylinder with Hybrid System, 400 horsepower, All-Wheel Drive

    All engines will come paired with an eight-speed automatic. A T6 Twin-Engine with 340 horsepower will be available for other markets.

    Those wanting a bit more power only need to turn to the Polestar Engineered model that adds 15 horsepower, along with changes to the suspension and brakes.

    Being a Volvo, the 2019 S60 has a long list of safety features including automatic emergency braking, run-off road mitigation, and oncoming lane mitigation. Volvo's Pilot Assist that assists a driver with steering, acceleration, and braking on well-marked roads will be an option.

    Pricing for the 2019 Volvo S60 is as followed,

    • T5 Momentum: $36,795
    • T5 R-Design: $42,895
    • T5 Inscription: $43,895
    • T6 Momentum: $41,295
    • T6 R-Design: $46,395
    • T6 Inscription: $48,395
    • T8 R-Design: $55,395
    • T8 Inscription: $55,395

    All prices include a $995 destination charge.

    Those wanting to do a Care by Volvo subscription will have the choice of three models,

    • S60 T6 Momentum: $755 per month
    • S60 T6 R-Design: $855 per month
    • S60 T8 Polestar: To be announced at a later date.

    It needs to be noted that the T8 Polestar Engineered model will only be available through Care by Volvo for now. 

    The order books are open right now for most of the S60 models; the T8 Polestar will be available to order starting June 28th. Production is expected to begin in the fall.

    Source: Volvo


    Volvo Cars launch new S60 sports sedan – the first Volvo car made in the USA

    Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, today revealed the new S60 luxury sedan at the company’s first American manufacturing plant outside Charleston, South Carolina.
     
    The new South Carolina plant is officially inaugurated today. The combined car launch and factory opening reinforce Volvo Cars’ commitment to the US, an important market for the company and its new sedan. The new S60 is the first Volvo car made in the United States.
     
    “The new S60 is one of the most exciting Volvo cars we’ve ever made,” said Håkan 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 sedan markets, creating more growth opportunities for Volvo Cars.”
     
    The new S60 is the first Volvo car to be sold without a diesel engine, signalling the company’s industry-leading commitment to electrification and a long-term future beyond the traditional combustion engine. In 2017 Volvo Cars was the first global car maker to announce its strategy that from 2019 all new models will be electrified.
     
    The award-winning turbo charged and supercharged T8 Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid will be available in the new S60, delivering 313 horsepower with a rear electric motor adding 87 horsepower for a combined power output of 400 horsepower.  The T5 FWD and T6 AWD will also be available. The T5 FWD, T6 AWD and T8 Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid will carry a MSRP of $35,800, $40,300 and $54,400 respectively.
     
    The new S60 is available via traditional purchase, lease and Care by Volvo, a premium subscription service, which offers car access with no down payment via a monthly flat rate. Care by Volvo makes having a car as easy as having a mobile phone. A well-equipped S60 T6 AWD Momentum will be available for $775 a month through the program and the S60 T6 AWD R-Design for $850 a month. Reservations can be made online today at volvocars.com/us. 
      
    The new S60 shares Volvo Cars’ own Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, safety technology and infotainment system with the new V60 premium mid-size wagon, launched earlier this year, as well as the top-of-the-line 90 Series cars and award-winning XC60, all of which have achieved industry-leading safety ratings. This makes the new S60 one of the safest cars on the road.
     
    The City Safety with Autobrake technology assists the driver in avoiding potential collisions, and is the only system on the market to recognize pedestrians, cyclists and large animals. In a world first for the mid-size sedan segment, City Safety now also engages auto braking to mitigate oncoming collisions.
     
    The optional Pilot Assist system – which supports the driver with steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads up to 80 mph – has been upgraded with improved cornering performance. The S60 also includes Run-off Road Mitigation, Oncoming Lane Mitigation and other steering assistance systems. The optional Cross Traffic Alert with autobrake further enhances safety for people inside and outside the car.
     
    Volvo Cars’ Sensus Connect infotainment system is fully compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and 4G standard, and keeps drivers connected at all times. The intuitive control is a tablet-style touch screen interface that combines car functions, navigation, connected services and in-car entertainment apps.
     
    The new S60 will also be offered with a Polestar Engineered trim level – developed by Volvo Cars’ electric performance arm, Polestar.
     
    Polestar Engineered is only available on the T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid and is a complete offer with upgrades to the exterior and interior design, along with the car’s wheels, brakes, suspension and engine control unit, boosting the S60 T8 combined output to 415hp.  A limited volume of this variant will be available exclusively through the Care by Volvo app on June 28.




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    I have to say I like the looks, from the Tail lights to the Thors hammer headlights, I like how it all comes together in a nice flowing style. Interior is great, as a solid flowing mix of technology and actual switches.

    I have to say I like this allot.

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    Overall, this looks fantastic.  Very interested on how the Polestar T8 will be considering for now you can only get it by Care by Volvo. 

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    It looks good and has nice powertrain options, I think it is priced well too.  The interior is clean and modern but I think there are better interiors in this segment too.

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    nice, the exterior while nice goes to a longer trunk with a small upright greenhouse and a bit of a Dodge Charger look to it that I think looks less sleek than the 'trunkless' look of many sedans now, but overall not a deal breaker and it is really consistent with the look and proportions of the S90.

    interior wise, Volvo keeps doing nice interiors that to me look better than the Germans etc. and this continues on.

    I would rather see Volvo sell cars than BMW or Mercedes gaining more market share so sure, this is ok by me.

     

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    It will also be the first Volvo to not offer a diesel engine.

    Really?  An obvious dig, and misleading.  Untrue even.  Decent looking car though, does "look" like a Volvo in a square sort of way.

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    2 hours ago, ocnblu said:

    It will also be the first Volvo to not offer a diesel engine.

    Really?  An obvious dig, and misleading.  Untrue even.  Decent looking car though, does "look" like a Volvo in a square sort of way.

    How is this misleading? All Volvo's in the past have had a diesel option and with this one, there is none as each model will get revamped and diesel will go away.

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    11 minutes ago, dfelt said:

    How is this misleading? All Volvo's in the past have had a diesel option and with this one, there is none as each model will get revamped and diesel will go away.

    Well, it's not the first Volvo without a diesel option...I don't think the P1800 or C70 had a diesel version, for instance.   A more accurate statement might be 'it's the first recent Volvo sedan without a diesel option', though. 

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    31 minutes ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

    Well, it's not the first Volvo without a diesel option...I don't think the P1800 or C70 had a diesel version, for instance.   A more accurate statement might be 'it's the first recent Volvo sedan without a diesel option', though. 

    I get what your saying, but I also think most people today tend to think short term in regards to the last 10 years or so and not history long term like allot of us. But I get it. Thx

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    4 hours ago, ocnblu said:

    It will also be the first Volvo to not offer a diesel engine.

    Really?  An obvious dig, and misleading.  Untrue even.  

    AHEM... From Volvo's press release

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    The new S60 is the first Volvo car to be sold without a diesel engine, signalling the company’s industry-leading commitment to electrification and a long-term future beyond the traditional combustion engine. 

     

    1 hour ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

    Well, it's not the first Volvo without a diesel option...I don't think the P1800 or C70 had a diesel version, for instance.   A more accurate statement might be 'it's the first recent Volvo sedan without a diesel option', though. 

    The first-generation C70 did not have a diesel option, but the second-generation did. But like @dfelt said and I agree with, most people have a short attention span and possibly don't remember any Volvo vehicles without a diesel.

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    2 hours ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

    Well, it's not the first Volvo without a diesel option...I don't think the P1800 or C70 had a diesel version, for instance.   A more accurate statement might be 'it's the first recent Volvo sedan without a diesel option', though. 

    The C70 had a diesel in EU.

    But yes, I'm sure somewhere in history there was a Volvo without a diesel engine.  Perhaps its the first Volvo without a diesel since Chinese ownership?

    4 hours ago, ocnblu said:

    Really?  An obvious dig, and misleading.  Untrue even. 

    Something I've had to learn at work recently.  Don't assume malicious intent.

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    18 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    The C70 had a diesel in EU

    That's where I figured the loophole was... Globally they've had a diesel option in every car, I'm assuming. 

    I have a feeling they know their past products a little better than we do. 

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    Volvo has it going on.  Not a big fan of their infotainment based on my colleague's XC90, but the simple handsome lines in and out do it for me and this might be their best yet of late.

    I like that red paint on it too.

     

     

     

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    On 6/21/2018 at 10:46 AM, ccap41 said:

    That's where I figured the loophole was... Globally they've had a diesel option in every car, I'm assuming. 

    I have a feeling they know their past products a little better than we do. 

    No son... what they're doing (Volvo) is making a public gesture.  They started making cars in 1927... there have been MANY MANY Volvo models never available with a diesel.  That is all I'm pointing out.  It is disingenuous of them.  I find it rather stinky.

    Moving on, I agree with dfelt... I love authentic saddle brown leather interiors... most of the "browns" of today come across as orange.  Not cool.

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