Volvo has extended its S60 range – the third generation of the firm’s premium mid-size sedan – to incorporate further powertrain choices and equipment grades, including an all-wheel-drive petrol-electric hybrid and a trim level that focuses on luxury and craftmanship.
Electrifying hybrid powertrain
The existing T5 turbocharged 186kW petrol unit has been joined by an all-wheel-drive T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid powertrain, combining a 225kW petrol engine with an 64kW electric motor for a total output of 290kW. Performance is suitably electrifying, with 0-100kmg in just 4.6 seconds.
The T8 Twin Engine’s 11.8kWh battery provides an electric-only range of up to 58 kilometres, with CO2 emissions from just 39g/km.
Like the T5, the T8 Twin Engine uses a Volvo Drive-E petrol engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Dynamic or new luxurious trim levels
The R-Design Edition launch trim has been replaced by R-Design Plus and is joined by the new Inscription Plus variant.
R-Design Plus is designed to provide a more focused driving experience, thanks to (on T5 versions) stiffer springs, faster-responding monotube dampers, thicker anti-roll bars and a 12mm lower ride height (petrol-electric hybrid R-Design Plus variants come with the standard suspension settings). Other R-Design Plus highlights include a head-up display, gearshift paddles, highgloss black exterior trim elements, a choice of 18, 19 or 20-inch alloy wheels, Metal Mesh aluminium interior inlays and part-leather sports seats.
Inscription Plus trim is for those who appreciate their high-end luxuries. The exterior features chrome trim along with a different design of alloy wheels, projecting exclusivity and refined Scandinavian style. Inside, fine Nappa full-leather upholstery and beautifully crafted details such as the Driftwood décor inlays reward the senses. Inscription Plus versions also benefit from cooled seats, on top of the heated seats of other S60s.
Suspension tailored to your preference
The S60 can now be fitted with adaptive dampers. This system allows you to select the firmness of the suspension to tailor the car’s dynamics to the road surface or your personal preference. Known as Active Four-C Chassis, the adaptive dampers are optional on T5 R-Design Plus and Inscription Plus versions and are controlled via the S60’s standard Drive Mode settings, which also alter the responses of the engine, automatic gearbox, steering, brakes and climate control system.