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2011 Volvo S60 Preview

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After weeks of drip-fed teaser images and videos, the 2011 Volvo S60 has finally been revealed in all its glory ahead of a world debut pegged for next month's 2010 Geneva Motor Show.

At first glance, the new S60 features definite coupe-like proportions, accompanied by strong shoulders, which together give it a look that is very similar to the design of the Jaguar XF. There are, however, plenty of unique elements such as the traditional Volvo grille and sculptured headlamps that will help the car battle it out in one of the industry's toughest segments.

The 2011 Volvo S60 can be specified with a choice of two chassis settings. On the European market the newly developed Dynamic chassis is standard, while most markets in North America and Asia will have the Comfort chassis as standard with the sportier variant available as an option. The difference between the two chassis alternatives is to be found in the dampers and the front and rear subframes. Here the Comfort variant has a somewhat softer setting to give a smoother ride on poorer road surfaces.

During its first year of production, the S60 will be available with a variety of diesel and gasoline engines spanning the range from an economical 115 horsepower DRIVe version to a high-performance turbocharged T6 version producing 304 horsepower. This T6 range-topper has an engine displacement of 3.0 litres and pumps out a peak torque of 324 pound-feet. This is enough for a 0-62 mph time of 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. Despite the respectable performance the T6 model returns a claimed fuel economy of 23 mpg combined on the European cycle.

Other models offered at launch will include a new direct injection 203 horsepower 2.0-liter turbo, a 205 horsepower 2.4-liter D5 turbodiesel and a 163 horsepower 2.0-liter D3 turbodiesel. Over the course of the year Volvo will add more variants, including new turbocharged and direct injected units ranging from 1.6-2.0 liters in displacement. The most fuel efficient model, however, will be the DRIVe model powered by a 1.6-liter turbodiesel with 115 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque on tap. Fuel consumption is an impressive 54.7 mpg combined on the European cycle.

North American markets are likely to receive the turbocharged T6 and 2.0-liter gasoline units only. Six-speed manual and automatic transmissions will be offered, as well as a newer PowerShift six-speed dual clutch transmission.

While most models are fitted with a front-wheel drive system, the range-topping T6 gets a standard all-wheel drive system while for the D5 it is optional. Additionally, all variants of the new S60 can be specified with an advanced, self-adjusting FOUR-C active chassis system that actively adapts settings such as the steering and suspension to suit the different driving conditions a driver may encounter.

It wouldn’t be a Volvo without some advanced safety features and the new S60 definitely won’t disappoint. Some newer elements include a Corner Traction Control system that uses torque vectoring so the car takes curves even more smoothly. When cornering, the car's inner driven wheel is braked at the same time as more power is transmitted to the outer driven wheel. This allows the driver to take the curve more tightly while reducing any tendency to understeer.

There's also an advanced Pedestrian Detection safety system that can detect pedestrians who walk into the road in front of the car, warn the driver--and automatically apply full braking power if the driver does not respond in time. In an emergency situation the driver first receives an audible warning combined with a flashing light in the windscreen's head-up display. At the same time, the car's brakes are pre-charged. If the driver does not react to the warning and an accident is imminent, full braking power is automatically applied.


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  1. Is this the new leader in the race towards cars with no windows at all? Would that be the ultimate in "coupe-like proportions"?
     
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  2. gotta give em credit, though. this is the first interesting looking volvo sedan EVER.
     
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  3. Could they have picked anymore of a black color for a car...
     
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  4. Wow! cool design. Will love to have a test drive. But one thing I am curious to know about is what is the mileage we can expect from it(per gallon).
     
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  5. volvo are getting there =] this doesnt quite cut it for me but it is alot better
     
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  6. A Buddhist Monk once asked me... Will the tires reach the pavement without touching or releasing any flamboyant gases?
    Ponder that one for a while.
    Guy
     
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  7. In my opinion, the most exciting view is from the rear of the car. There are bold lines that flow from the nameplate through to the rear lamp then down to the rear fascia, intersecting the line rear fascia that flows to the body side. I’ve never seen anything like it.
    I did a comparison with the concept sketch, concept model and production version at http://bit.ly/5FghE4
     
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  8. Very nice, inside and out. I'd definitely consider one if the U.S. pricing falls between a TSX and an A4.
     
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  9. The Chinese will be happy to be getting this car when the buy Volvo.
     
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  10. The dash look's.....ugly? I HATE the air-con vent Layout!
     
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