Yeah, that’s the new Volvo alright...

The cover has finally been pulled off the all-new 2019 Volvo S60, revealing a stunning new look, powerful drivetrains ranging between 250 and 400 horsepower, and a price schedule ranging between $35,800 and $55,400. It will be the first Volvo built in the United States at Volvo’s new plant in Ridgeville, South Carolina. Let’s take a closer look at it and what you can expect when it hits dealers.

2019 Volvo S60 Exterior Design

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The exterior of the 2019 Volvo S60 is exactly what we expected

The exterior of the 2019 Volvo S60 is exactly what we expected. It has those sleek “Thor’s Hammer” headlights, a sporty front fascia with huge but attractive corner intakes, and an elegant grille that’s emphasized by the mildly muscular hood. The side profile is dominated mainly by the excessively sharp lower body line while the rear quarters and fenders are shaped in a way that links the front and rear of the car together in harmony. And, what about that beltline? The new S60 has the most unique shape around the door windows with a slight slant in the rear and 90-degree bend at the C-pillar.

The rear end is equally as impressive. The C-Pillars seem to almost fold out of the rear quarters to create an elegant look while the rear decklid is shaped in a way that provides a very mild fin. The taillights are just as expected with the “E” shaped LEDs and the rear fascia has just the right look thanks to a proper insert that isn’t too aggressive or mild. Based on looks alone, the new S60 was definitely worth the wait, but there’s more to like that looks, so what about that interior?

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2019 Volvo Interior Design – Proving the Same Sausage, Different Length Philosophy Can Work

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Hopefully, you weren’t expecting anything super complex or new to show up inside the new Volvo S60

Hopefully, you weren’t expecting anything super complex or new to show up inside the new Volvo S60. What you see here is exactly what you’ve seen before. You’ve seen in in the XC90, S90, and the V60. Seriously, the interior design between all of these models are downright identical from the HVAC vents to the center console, to the door trim panels and steering wheel. There is absolutely nothing new here. Event the same infotainment screen and software carry over. They all feature the same dash trim, central armrest, and rear passenger area design as well.

Is this a bad thing? Not necessarily. If you’re into the look, and that’s what matters most to you, you can go with the cheapest S60 as opposed to the XC90 – assuming you don’t care about utility, anyway. That thought aside, it’s also a very clean and upscale cabin look. Nothing is too aggressive or overly designed, and that flat dash look does give a good feeling of space and safety.

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2019 Volvo S60 Drivetrain and Performance – Motivating the Beast

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The new S60 will be void of any diesel options, leaving just three powertrain options to choose from

Volvo has made a promise to drop diesel engines from its lineup, and it has done exactly that. The new S60 will be void of any diesel options, leaving just three powertrain options to choose from. On the low side of the spectrum is the T5, which is a turbocharged mill that delivers 250 ponies. The next level up is the T6 engine, which is both turbo and supercharged; ultimately being good for 316 horsepower. Finally, the range-topping model will get you a total output of 400 horsepower thanks to a 313-horsepower gasoline engine and a rear electric motor that’s good for 87 horsepower.

Both T6 and T8 drivetrains come standard with all-wheel drive while the T5 drivetrain is limited to front-wheel drive. There’s no official word on performance but, the T5 looks to carry over practically unchanged as the previous-gen delivers 250 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. The T6, on the other hand, comes with an increase of 16 horsepower with no word on whether or not there’s more than 325 pound-feet of torque. The T6 R-Design did offer up 325 horsepower and 354 pound-feet from the same engine, so it’s possible that there is a mild torque increase here as well. The old generation didn’t have the T8 to fall back on so that 400 horsepower is a huge improvement for the upper line. Unfortunately, without that electric motor, though, it would actually fall short of the old T6 R-Design, leading to the logical conclusion that Volvo could have done better on the power front.

The old T6 with AWD could hit 60 mph in 5.6 seconds, so expect that figure to drop to 5.5 with the new model. The T8 can probably make the same sprint, thanks largely to that electric motor, in 5.2 seconds or so. Not bad at all.

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2019 Volvo S60 Pricing

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The S60 has never been an outrageously expensive car, but it doesn’t exactly come cheap either

The S60 has never been an outrageously expensive car, but it doesn’t exactly come cheap either. With that said, however, the new generation does come at the expense of high pricing. The Momentum trim, which is the entry-level model, starts out at $35,800, some $1,700 more than the previous entry-level model. Opting for the T6 engine increases pricing to $40,300, and the T8 isn’t even available on this trim. Move up to the R-Design trim, and you’ll pay $41,900 for the T5, $45,400 for the T^, and $54,400 for the T8. The range-topping (for now) Inscription trim comes in at $42,900, $47,400, and $55,400, respectively. That puts the T8-powered Inscription at just $5,000 cheaper than the outgoing model’s range-topping Polestar trim level.

You know how it goes, everything comes at a price, right?

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2019 Volvo S60 Prices

Momentum R-Design Inscription
T5 FWD $35,800 $41,900 $4
2,900
T6 AWD $40,300 $45,400 $47,400
T8 Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid eAWD Not Available $54,400 $55,400
Destination Charge $995 $995 $995

Final Thoughts

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The Volvo S60 is quite impressive. It’s stylish, has decent power, and the pricing isn’t too bad, even if it’s considerably more expensive than the outgoing model. The interior does leave a little more to be desired, though. Considering the price increase, Volvo could have done a little something to make the S60 stand out in the lineup. The same sausage, different length philosophy only works for so long as seeing the same cabin pop up in every new Volvo could get boring quickly. For now, it’s a nice proposition on the market, so we’ll wait to see what happens when it hits dealers – It might be proper for the Germans to start looking at Volvo as a worthy adversary.

Further reading

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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 Volvo S60.

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Read our full review on the 2017 Volvo S60.

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Read our full review on the 2019 Volvo V60.

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Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, today revealed the new S60 luxury sedan at the company’s first American manufacturing plant outside Charleston, South Carolina.

The new South Carolina plant is officially inaugurated today. The combined car launch and factory opening reinforce Volvo Cars’ commitment to the US, an important market for the company and its new sedan. The new S60 is the first Volvo car made in the United States.

“The new S60 is one of the most exciting Volvo cars we’ve ever made,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars. “It is a true driver’s car that gives us a strong position in the US and China sedan markets, creating more growth opportunities for Volvo Cars.”

The new S60 is the first Volvo car to be sold without a diesel engine, signalling the company’s industry-leading commitment to electrification and a long-term future beyond the traditional combustion engine. In 2017 Volvo Cars was the first global car maker to announce its strategy that from 2019 all new models will be electrified.

The award-winning turbo charged and supercharged T8 Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid will be available in the new S60, delivering 313 horsepower with a rear electric motor adding 87 horsepower for a combined power output of 400 horsepower. The T5 FWD and T6 AWD will also be available. The T5 FWD, T6 AWD and T8 Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid will carry a MSRP of $35,800, $40,300 and $54,400 respectively.

The new S60 is available via traditional purchase, lease and Care by Volvo, a premium subscription service, which offers car access with no down payment via a monthly flat rate. Care by Volvo makes having a car as easy as having a mobile phone. A well-equipped S60 T6 AWD Momentum will be available for $775 a month through the program and the S60 T6 AWD R-Design for $850 a month. Reservations can be made online today at volvocars.com/us.

The new S60 shares Volvo Cars’ own Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, safety technology and infotainment system with the new V60 premium mid-size wagon, launched earlier this year, as well as the top-of-the-line 90 Series cars and award-winning XC60, all of which have achieved industry-leading safety ratings. This makes the new S60 one of the safest cars on the road.

The City Safety with Autobrake technology assists the driver in avoiding potential collisions, and is the only system on the market to recognize pedestrians, cyclists and large animals. In a world first for the mid-size sedan segment, City Safety now also engages auto braking to mitigate oncoming collisions.

The optional Pilot Assist system – which supports the driver with steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads up to 80 mph – has been upgraded with improved cornering performance. The S60 also includes Run-off Road Mitigation, Oncoming Lane Mitigation and other steering assistance systems. The optional Cross Traffic Alert with autobrake further enhances safety for people inside and outside the car.

Volvo Cars’ Sensus Connect infotainment system is fully compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and 4G standard, and keeps drivers connected at all times. The intuitive control is a tablet-style touch screen interface that combines car functions, navigation, connected services and in-car entertainment apps.

The new S60 will also be offered with a Polestar Engineered trim level – developed by Volvo Cars’ electric performance arm, Polestar.

Polestar Engineered is only available on the T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid and is a complete offer with upgrades to the exterior and interior design, along with the car’s wheels, brakes, suspension and engine control unit, boosting the S60 T8 combined output to 415hp. A limited volume of this variant will be available exclusively through the Care by Volvo app on June 28.

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