By the middle of next decade, Volvo plans to have 50 percent of its worldwide sales to come from electrified models
Right after the recent speculation, Volvo has officially confirmed that the soon-arriving S60 sedan will be the first ever mode from the brand’s portfolio to not feature a diesel engine. The move is obvious considering that major automakers are ditching their next generation diesel engines as hybridisation and electrification take increase importance.
Volvo, in the last few years focussed heavily on downsizing engines with turbochargers, is pondering to offer all of its vehicles introduced from next year onwards with either mild-hybrid petrol, plug-in hybrid petrol or battery electric powertrain as diesel will be comprehensively phased out.
Gradually, the Swedish manufacturer will pull the plugs on hybrid drivetrains as well as it is transforming towards full electrification. The new generation S60, which will eventually make its way to the India market, is part of that aggressive strategy in the first phase.
By the middle of next decade, Volvo plans to have 50 percent of its worldwide sales to come from electrified models. The upcoming S60 is constructed on the brand’s flexible SPA architecture and it shares plenty of components with the popular 60 and 90 series siblings.
If the latest V60 estate is anything to go by, we can expect its bold styling cues to be incorporated on the new S60. It will be powered by a range of turbocharged four-cylinder engines alongside a couple of plug-in hybrid units before the arrival of a mild-hybrid system in 2019. The BMW 3-Series rival will be manufactured at Volvo’s facility outside Charleston, South Carolina in the US.
It will be the only place where the mid-size luxury sedan will be produced. A while ago, a suspected leaked image of the new S60 revealed its details of the rear end with L-shaped tail lamps and a sleek profile.
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