Third-gen Volvo S60 Sedan To Be Unveiled On November 27 In India
It will rival the likes of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3 Series
Derives design cues from the S90 in the form of LED DRLs and tail lamps.
It will be a petrol-only model and will get a 2.0-litre turbocharged unit.
Volvo could also offer a plug-in hybrid variant in India.
It features a 9-inch touchscreen, Pilot Assist system, and City Safety.
Likely to be priced from Rs 45 lakh onwards (ex-showroom) when launched in Q1 2021.
If there’s one Volvo model that’s waiting to go on sale in our country, it’s the third-gen S60. The carmaker globally revealed the new generation of the sedan back in 2018 and discontinued the second-gen model in July 2019 in India. While it was supposed to be launched in 2019, the carmaker will now be revealing it on November 27 followed by a launch in Q1 2021.
The third-gen S60 is based on the same Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform as its elder sibling, the S90. It draws design cues from the S90 including the signature LED daytime running lamps and C-shaped LED tail lamps. Inside, it is likely to have a similar cabin as the S90 and XC60 thanks to the vertically-stacked 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, 4-zone climate control and a Bowers and Wilkins music system.
In terms of safety, Volvo has equipped it with its Pilot Assist system, Run-Off-Road protection and mitigation, City Safety, lane keep assist, and road sign information. While the Pilot Assist system helps the driver with steering, acceleration and braking at speeds up to 130kmph, the City Safety feature detects, alerts, and avoids collisions with vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and large animals through autonomous braking up to 60kmph. Other safety features on offer are adaptive cruise control, cross traffic alert with brake support, and rear collision warning. All these features could make their way on the India-spec model as they are already available with the smaller XC40 which is on sale here.
Volvo offers the third-gen S60 with a single 2.0-litre petrol engine across all variants but with different outputs. While the base-spec T5 turbo variant produces 250PS and 350Nm, the mid-spec T6 is available in a 310PS/400Nm tune. The carmaker is offering the mid- and top-spec T6 and T8 variants as plug-in hybrids with a power output of 340PS and 400PS respectively. An 8-speed AT is standard across all variants. Apart from the base-spec T5 variant, all other variants drive all four wheels. While it’s yet unknown what powertrain options will be offered on the India-spec model, we can expect Volvo to offer a plug-in hybrid variant of the sedan here as well.
The third-gen S60 is expected to be priced from Rs 45 lakh (ex-showroom). It will fight it out with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, BMW 3 Series, and Jaguar XE.
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