New Volvo S60 to be unveiled in 2009

Volvo is working on a new model that is said to be a big competition for the BMW 3-Series and Audi A4. The new model, S60, will be unveiled in 2009-2010, in the same time with another new model, the S40 hatchback.

Source: AutoCar

The new S60 will be based on the same platform as the Ford Mondeo and the Volvo S80. Thew new S60 will be a completely new and redesigned model, replacing the current generation in late 2009.

The S40 will be replaced with a a five-door hatchback, making it a more conventional competitor for the Audi A3 and BMW 1-series. There are possibilities for the new model to be called V30.

The 2009 S60 will grow only a little in its external dimension. It will get a slightly longer wheelbase, but to take on the German pair the new S60 will also need sharp styling, excellent interior quality and much-improved ride and handling.

Engine line-up will include a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel (a big seller in this class), plus a more powerful 2.2-litre diesel. To battle BMW and Audi’s six-cylinder diesels, Volvo can also call on its D5 family of five-pot oil-burners.

Volvo S60 will get its design theme inspired by the XC60 soft-roader concept shown at the Detroit motor show in January 2007. The key elements are headlamps that follow a slanted line up the front wing, rather than Volvo’ s typical horizontal alignment, a new grille shape and exaggerated cooling vents in the bumper.

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