The all-new Volvo S60 will make its international debut at the Geneva Auto Show on 2 March 2010. It launches into one of the most competitive segments backed by an elegant new coupé-like design, dynamic driving characteristics and ground-breaking Pedestrian Detection safety technology.
The all-new S60 has a coupé shape; sportier and more distinct than any previous Volvo. From launch it will have a choice of two diesels and one gasoline engine in Europe, including an uprated high-performance 3.0-liter T6 with 304bhp, a 2.4-liter 205bhp D5 and a 2.0-liter 163bhp D3 powerplant. A DRIVe version powered by a 1.6-liter diesel engine with fuel economy up to 54.7mpg US (combined cycle, preliminary figure) will join the range later in 2011.
In its shape, the C-pillar of the all-new S60 stretches all the way to the tail lamps, and the coupé-like roofline is accompanied by a new contour on the shoulders. This creates a gentle double wave from the headlamps to the tail lamps.
The S60’s athletic stance is accentuated by a sculpted hood and short overhangs, plus what Volvo’s design team calls "racetrack" design - the car’s lines do not end abruptly but instead continue to flow organically, echoing the smooth shapes of a racetrack.
This sporty appearance can be enhanced with a styling kit that incorporates front and rear skid plates, two frames in the lower valance, side scuff plates, exhaust tailpipes and 18" wheels.
Volvo’s designers have also used LED technology to create distinctive, signature lights that make the car clearly identifiable as an S60, even in the dark.
The all-new Volvo S60 is being introduced with a range of exterior colors including two new shades: Vibrant Copper and Electrum Gold. On the new S60, the steering ratio is 10 per cent faster than previous models to give enhanced steering feel and sharper response. The steering column’s thicker tubing and stiffer bushes have increased torsional rigidity by 100 per cent. This also contributes to the increased feeling of direct contact with the wheels and the road.
The front struts have thicker pistons compared with the sports chassis in the Volvo S80. The resulting 47 per cent increase of stiffness means the body structure is better able to absorb lateral loads. The springs themselves are shorter and stiffer than before and the Eigen frequency has increased by 10 per cent. At the front, strut mount stiffness has increased by 50 per cent. The front and rear subframe bushes are up to twice as stiff compared with previous models. The link arm bushings have also been optimised for sporty driving and full control.
The damper mountings at the rear are made of polyurethane rather than rubber to provide better balance between comfort and dynamic control. The Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC) in the all-new S60 has a number of sophisticated features to improve driving pleasure and safety. The S60 is the first sedan on the market with Volvo's Advanced Stability Control. With a new roll sensor, it's possible to identify skidding at an early stage. This means the anti-skid system can step in earlier and with greater precision.
The chassis is backed up by a range of electronic systems that sharpen the driving experience. Corner Traction Control is a new feature that uses torque vectoring so the car takes corners more smoothly. This technology is a further refinement of the DSTC system. When taking a curve, 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 corner more tightly while reducing any tendency to understeer.
A highly advanced braking system is an important part of the new S60. A number of features interact to provide the shortest possible stopping distance in all scenarios. Technology includes:
Ready Alert Brakes can predict when emergency braking is needed. The brake calipers are applied lightly to the brake discs even before the driver presses the brake pedal.
Hydraulic Brake Assist helps the driver brake in the shortest possible distance. In an emergency situation where the driver does not press the brake pedal fast or hard enough, Hydraulic Brake Assist can help utilize the ABS system optimally and thus shorten the overall braking distance.
Optimized Hydraulic Brakes is a system that amplifies braking ability during firm braking by using hydraulics to compensate for low vacuum pressure in the brake servo.
Fading Brake Support uses the hydraulic system to gradually build up brake pressure during long, hard braking. This helps reduce the risk of brake fade and maintains pedal feel.
The all-new S60 is equipped with an Electronic Parking Brake as standard. All variants of the new S60 can be specified with the FOUR-C active chassis, which has been modified and refined for better control and comfort. This is an advanced, self-adjusting chassis system that uses a number of sensors to continuously monitor the car’s behavior. In fractions of a second, the dampers are adjusted to suit the current driving situation.
With three alternative chassis settings, all it takes is for the driver to press a button to alter the car’s character: Comfort, Sport or Advanced.
The 3.0-liter T6 engine generates 304hp and 324 lb-ft of torque, enhancing acceleration and progress on the road. Acceleration from 0-62mph takes 6.5 seconds and top speed is 155mph. Volvo Cars’ engine specialists have succeeded in cutting fuel consumption by about 10 per cent to 27.7mpg (EU Combined, preliminary figure) - 23mpg US.
The engine’s power is delivered to the wheels via Volvo’s second-generation six-speed automatic Geartronic transmission. New valves and lower friction mean faster gear changes than before. All Wheel Drive is standard on the T6.
The new Volvo S60 features ground-breaking Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake system. Pedestrian Detection consists of a new radar unit integrated into the car’s grille, a camera fitted in front of the rearview mirror, and a central control unit. The radar’s task is to detect any object in front of the car and determine the distance. The camera determines what type of object it is.
The full auto brake part of the technology also responds to vehicles in front that are at a standstill or that are moving in the same direction as the car fitted with the system.
The much wider field of vision for the newly developed dual-mode radar ensures pedestrians about to step into the roadway can be detected early on. The camera has higher resolution than the previous-generation auto brake, which makes it possible to detect the pedestrian’s pattern of movement.
In an emergency situation, the driver first receives an audible warning combined with a flashing light in the windscreen’s head-up display. In order to generate an immediate, intuitive reaction, this warning resembles a brake light. 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.
This technology has the same limitations as the human eye, and just like us it "sees" less well in the dark and in poor weather. Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake can avoid a collision with a pedestrian at speeds of up to 21mph if the driver does not react in time. At higher speeds, the focus is on reducing the car’s speed as much as possible prior to the impact. The speed reduction is up to 21mph.
Statistics reveal that the car’s speed has considerable importance for the outcome of the accident. A lower speed of impact means that the risk of serious injury is significantly reduced. For instance, if speed is cut from 30mph to 15mph, Pedestrian Detection with full auto brake is expected to reduce the fatality risk by as much as 20 per cent and in certain cases by up to 85 per cent.
The all-new Volvo S60 also features City Safety as standard, as seen on its bigger brother - the XC60. The system can reduce or even entirely avoid low-speed rear-end impacts at speeds up to 18mph.
A unique technology to alert tired and distracted drivers is Driver Alert Control (DAC). This function monitors the car’s progress between the lane markers and warns the driver if his or her driving pattern changes in a random or uncontrolled way.
Blind Spot Information System helps detect vehicles in the rear blind spot on both sides of the car. A warning lamp beside the relevant door mirror comes on to alert the driver to the danger.
Drivers and passengers can experience the agile new chassis in complete comfort thanks to the spacious and refined cabin. The interior of the new S60 has been designed with driver-oriented details, but is still a five-seater car offering comfortable space for all its occupants. The sculpted outer rear seats give the passenger in the middle welcome side support. Knee space in the rear seat has increased by 30mm compared with the previous-generation S60.
The instruments and centre stack are angled towards the driver to create a sensation of focus and control. The new three-spoke steering wheel and sports seats with extra side supports are standard.
Easily accessible storage space is another important part of interior comfort and convenience. The all-new Volvo S60 has a storage compartment behind the centre stack and another in the centre console armrest, while in the door pockets there is space for books, maps, soft-drink bottles and cans. Both the front and rear seat occupants have seat pockets within easy reach. The rear seat splits 40/60 and the boot opening has been made 100mm wider than in the previous-generation S60.
Beige and black are the main colours of the upholstery range, which is spiced up with the new highlight shade of Beechwood Brown - a tan leather upholstery that traces its proud roots back to classic Volvo models such as the P1800 ES and 164.
The new S60 also gets a new Infotainment system that integrates information from the audio unit, navigation system, mobile phone and other functions into a five- or seven-inch color screen in the upper part of the centre console. The screen is in a high position to make it easy for the driver to keep their eyes on the road.
All the functions can be controlled from the steering wheel or via controls located directly below the screen. In addition there is a separate remote control for passengers to use. Integrated navigation with voice control is available as an option, as is the possibility of using Bluetooth to connect the driver’s own mobile phone to the car’s infotainment system.
The all-new Volvo S60 is one of the first cars in the world to use Audyssey Laboratories MultEQ technology, the standard for room equalization in the home and professional theatre markets. MultEQ removes distortion caused by the cabin’s acoustics enabling crisp, clear sound for everyone in the car.
In addition to the top-of-the line Premium Sound, which comes with a seven-inch screen, the all-new Volvo S60 is available with a choice of three other audio systems.