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the volvo s60 is here to steal your girl

The Volvo S60 is here to steal your girl

Yes to hybrids, no to diesels, absolutely to Polestar 415hp tunes and why not with "Made in America"

Dinesh Appavu Photo

Dinesh Appavu

21 Jun 2018

We’re no fans of the Russian stacking doll approach that designers are integrating into the current line-up of cars. There’s one exception though, Volvo. The Swedes are allowed to keep doing what they do because their sedans, wagons and SUVs are the sexiest things on the road.

The new Volvo S60 has made its global debut and it looks like it’s about to steal your girl. You wouldn’t have to worry about it if you’re married because then it’s the suave V60 you have to be on the lookout for.

Three trim levels can be had, with Momentum occupying the lowest rung. Sitting above it is Inscription and topped only by the R-Design. Momentum trims can be identified by the black slats on the grille while Inscription has its chromed.

No surprise that it looks like a shrunken, slightly sportier S90 and that’s no bad thing. Plenty of design cues were recycled with subtle refinements and tweaks to set it apart from its larger sibling. Up front, there’s the same face albeit with more a more aggressive bumper and the signature “Thor’s Hammer” LED DRLs that this time encroaches into the bit of bumper between the lights and grille to accentuate the width of the car.

The taillights are basically identical to the S90s but the edge of the boot lid gets a more pronounced ducktail incorporated into it.

For the R-Design kit, the vertical slats in the grille are replaced with multiple flat pins instead and the bumper gets a wider lower intake, complete with smaller corner inlets for the fog lamps and more accentuation of the fangs.

This marks a new chapter as the S60 will be the first Volvo to be made at their new plant in Charleston, South Carolina; effectively being the first Volvo to be made in ‘Murica and the first to not be offered with a diesel.

In its quest to take on the likes of the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4, the S60 packs a couple of Twin Engine options alongside the regular petrol options and a comprehensive Polestar package that really takes it to the gym.

The 2.0-litre four-cylinder Drive-E engine and Aisin eight-speed automatic form the basis of the powertrain packages. An entry-level T5 makes 254hp and 350Nm of torque 310hp with 400Nm of torque.

Greener options include the plug-in hybrid T6 Twin Engine AWD with 340hp and 590Nm of torque while the T8 Twin Engine AWD completes the line-up packing a slightly detuned 390hp and 640Nm of torque from the 90 series of vehicles.

However, the exclusive Polestar Engineered pack bumps it up to 405hp with a healthy 670Nm of torque. The extra money for the pack will also see new wheels, upgraded brakes and retuned suspension.

Underpinning the S60 is the familiar Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform found beneath the XC60 and V60. No surprise then that plenty of the tech gets carried over as well such as Sensus Connect, City Safety and IntelliSafe.

The cabin is once again a reduction of the S90 and a mirror image of the V60 with a large multipurpose infotainment screen sitting centerstage of the dash. Driving info gets relayed via the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.

In between the front seats you’ll find the gear lever, electronic handbrake, engine start/stop fob, drive mode selector and cubby holes. Rear occupants get air-conditioning and if music is your thing there’s an optional Bowers & Wilkins sound system.

Of course, the S60 will be added into the Care by Volvo subscription service that covers insurance, maintenance and leasing for a flat fee.