The Volvo S60 saloon and V60 station wagon models were officially launched today by official agent Wearnes Automotive.
The event, which took place at Millenia Walk earlier today, featured a design presentation by Jonathan Disley, Volvo’s VP of Design.
VOLVO S60 AND V60 – WHAT’S NEW
Both the Volvo S60 and V60 models look a lot sportier and more dynamic than their predecessors.
But apart from having a wider and lower stance, other elements, such as the sculpted surfaces, grille treatment and the shape of the various lines all add to the car’s presence.
According to Jonathan Disley, this athleticism was also a key consideration in designing the V60 estate. It should be functional, yet attractive and sporty.
WHAT TO EXPECT INSIDE
Like many modern cars today, the new Volvo S60 and V60 models are larger than their predecessors.
There’s more room for occupants to stretch out. But like its other siblings, the Volvo S60 and V60 are also equipped with the Sensus infotainment system, which is compatible with Apple CarPlay.
Facing the driver is a 12.3-inch adaptive driver display (digital instrument panel) and the aforementioned Sensus system, which is operated via a 9-inch touchscreen.
NEW SAFETY FEATURES
Volvo cars are renowned for their safety, so the fact that the S60 and V60 models have taken this up another notch (or two) is not surprising.
Volvo says that the S60 and V60 models also have several “world first” safety systems: Oncoming Collision Mitigation by Braking, Run-off Road Protection, City Safety with Full Auto Brake and Pedestrian, Cyclist and Large Animal Detection, and Cross-Traffic Alert with Auto Braking.
That’s more than reassuring, if you ask us.
ROOMIER AND MORE PRACTICAL
Both cars’ wheelbases have grown by 96mm to 2872mm, while boot capacity is now 392 litres (plus 12 litres).
The 2872mm wheelbase even exceeds that of the S60’s segment rivals, such as the BMW 3 Series.
Meanwhile, the Volvo S60’s boot capacity has grown by 12 litres and is now a more useful 392 litres.
However, it only has a fraction of the Volvo V60’s load-hauling ability.
The new V60, which the dealer introduced a few weeks ago, offers 529 litres with the rear seats up and 1441 litres when they are folded.
The new S60 is available in T4, T4 Momentum and T4 R-Design. Prices start from $170,000 including COE.
Torque understands that the S60 T5 R-Design variant is still undergoing homologation.
The V60 is available in T4 Momentum and T5 R-Design models, and prices start from $175,000 including COE.