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Volvo prices 2011 S60 T6 AWD from $37,700

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Volvo prices 2011 S60 T6 AWD from $37,700

05/10/2010, 10:08 AM BY ANDREW GANZ

Volvo says that its upcoming all-wheel-drive S60 T6 AWD sedan will list from $37,700 when it goes on sale later this year. The 2011 S60 offers way more in the way of luxury and performance as it guns for more upscale – and more expensive – rivals like the BMW 335i and Mercedes-Benz C350. Though it clearly follows Volvo’s current design language, the S60 promises even more active and passive safety along with sporty performance.

That price represents a roughly $800 increase over the dated outgoing 2009 S60 T5 model’s base price – but the new car adds nearly 50 horsepower, 70 lb-ft. of torque, all-wheel-drive and numerous additional features.

The production S60 follows in the same basic design theme as the S60 concept car introduced earlier this year, although, as expected, it tones down a few of the concept’s more outlandish details. Still, the look is tasteful and not especially conservative for a Volvo. Although it breaks little new ground, the shape is cohesive and instantly recognizable.

In addition to a new design language, the new S60 seems to demonstrate Volvo’s desire to move toward more slender A- and C-pillars for increased visibility. Over the years, these structural supports have become much thicker on most vehicles for structural and styling purposes. Volvo seems to have kept the styling up to snuff, but no word on materials were used to keep up strength.

Volvo’s latest pedestrian-recognizing safety technology will also make its debut on the S60. Capable of detecting when a collision with a pedestrian is imminent, the system automatically triggers the S60’s brakes to prevent an impact. Volvo points out that more than 4,700 pedestrian fatalities occur in the United States annually and the feature really makes sense in Europe, where 14 percent of all car wrecks involve a pedestrian on the continent’s crowded, narrow streets.

Volvo promises that the S60 will be its most engaging product when it hits the road later this year. The outgoing S60 was neither as sporty nor as plush as its rivals, so the automaker is clearer in its intentions for the all-new model.

The U.S.-specification S60 comes standard with a 300-horsepower, 325 lb-ft. of torque turbocharged inline six-cylinder mated exclusively – for now – to a six-speed Geartronic automatic transmission. At launch, all U.S.-spec S60s will be all-wheel-drive, although a less-expensive model is expected to be offered eventually as a lower cost model.

A sport suspension will be standard, as will City Safety, which can automatically brake the S60 in the event of a pending low-speed impact.

Volvo’s innovative Pedestrian Detection technology adds $2,100 and comes in a package that also includes adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning.

A $1,500 premium package adds a moonroof, power passenger seat and Xenon headlamps, while a $800 climate package brings with it heated front seats, heated windshield washer nozzles, headlamp washers, rain-sensing windshield wipers and an interior air quality system. For $2,700, buyers can specify the multimedia package, which adds a Dolby Pro Logic II audio system by Audyssey, a rear parking camera and navigation.

Other available options include metallic paint ($550), wood interior inlays ($300), front and rear parking assist ($500), blind spot information (BLIS) ($700) and an active chassis ($750). A $850 destination charge applies to all S60s.

The next S60 was originally slated to hit the market early this year, but the current economic slump has pushed that launch back until early summer of 2010. The automaker says that, when the S60 goes on sale, it hopes to move 90,000 units internationally – about a third of which will be allocated to North America.

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http://www.leftlanenews.com/volvo-s60.html

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That's good pricing, especially in contrast to Saab and their new 9-3X: $37,800 for an AWD four-cylinder 9-3 wagon with cladding dating back to 2003.

A non-T6 FWD version of the S60 would be the perfect car for my mom...

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after initially not liking the looks of this car I really have warmed up to it (just like the infiniti M). it seems as though they also have it priced nice with a good feature set.

still not liking the interior though......

so many nice cars to pick from........

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