Special Edition variant of the S60 sedan debutes for 2017

The Volvo S60 was designed as a replacement for the Volvo S70 and has seen just one generational change since its debut 16 years ago. That second generation came in 2010, with the new S60 taking styling advice from the Volvo ECC Concept and the Volvo S80. The look was fresh back then, but today it’s starting to look a little aged, and it’s about time Volvo steps up its game and ushers in a new Generation. So far, we haven’t heard anything about that, but for 2016 Volvo is releasing a special edition of its premium, midsize sedan.

Björn Annwall, the Senior Vice President of marketing, sales, and customer service for Volvo, said, “The S60 and V60 are drivers’ cars. Our focus with the Model Year 2017 Edition is to take this winning concept even further with a combination of fresh design features.”

So, what he’s basically saying is that instead of designing a new generational model for the six-year-old model, Volvo decided to offer up a special edition that features some options as standard equipment. Not that it is necessarily a bad thing, but after six years a fresher look would be nice. Some minor changes take place inside in out. Some new wheels and new body colors are available for the exterior and a few things to talk about on the inside.

So, with that said, let’s take a look at what we know about the Volvo S60 Edition and what will make it stand out in the lineup. For those of you interested in Volvo wagons, the five-door V60 Estate has also received the same treatment – you can read about that model here.

Continue reading to learn more about the Volvo S60 Edition.

What makes the Volvo S60 Edition special

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Remember the Mussel Blue and Luminous Sand body color options available on the Volvo S90, Volvo V90, and Volvo XC90? Well, those colors are now available on the S60, if you opt for the 2017 S60 Edition. To help set off the new colors, the front and rear bumpers have received gloss black inserts. The radiator grill has been revised to include chrome inserts on its horizontal bars. You’ll also find that retractable side view mirrors come standard on the S60 Edition, and to the rear, the exhaust outlets have been integrated into the rear fascia insert. To round out the exterior, the S60 Edition comes with a choice of two new wheelsets – a set of 17-inch Rodinia rollers, and a set of 18-inch Tucan wheels.

On the inside, the S60 Edition comes standard with sport seats that can be wrapped in off-black or soft beige leather. Accenting the new leather seats is the new black headliner. The interior comes standard will Milled Aluminum trim, but Piano Black is also available as an option. Something tells me that the best looking package is the off-black seats, and Piano Black trim – a combination that would go well with the standard black headliner. The Milled Aluminum trim would probably fit better with the soft beige seating, with the black headliner in place as a feature of contrast. In addition to these features, the steering wheel can be optioned with built-in heating, and comes standard with contrasting stitching and grove. The contrasted stitching can also be found on the gear shifter boot on the center console.

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According to Volvo, these new features add a “splash of dynamism” to the S60, while at the same time adding to the feel of luxury inside and out. Volvo didn’t tell us what S60 trim the new Edition model is based on, but it’s probably safe to assume that is based on the base-model, T5 trim that comes with 240 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque on tap. That would put pricing somewhere in the $37,000 range if you include a price increase for the additional new features. Then again, the Edition may be available on the T5 and T6 trim levels throughout the lineup, meaning there would be a price increase of $2,000 to $3,000 over the standard price of each available trim.

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The Volvo S60 is available in front-wheel and all-wheel drive and offers 240 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque in T5 Drive-E FWD and T5 Inscription Drive-E FWD form. Moving up to the T5 AWD or T5 Inscription AWD will give you 250 horsepower and 266 pound-feet on tap. The T6 Drive-E FWD and T6 Drive-E AWD R-Design comes with 302 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, while the range-topping S60 Polestar comes with a decent output of 345 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. As of the time of this writing, the S60 starts out at $34,150 and climbs all the way to $59,700 for the S60 Polestar. With the current model now six years old, we expect to see the next-generation S60 in the next two or three years.

Read our full review on the Volvo S60 here.

Press Release

Volvo Cars is set to begin production of special editions of the S60, Volvo’s premium mid-size four-door sedan and its expressive sibling, the five-door V60 estate. The cars will come with a range of attractive exterior and interior updates that add an additional splash of dynamism.

The S60 and V60 cars from Volvo deliver a distinct mix of everyday driving pleasure with the comfort, convenience and safety that only Volvo can deliver.

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“The S60 and V60 are drivers’ cars. Our focus with the Model Year 2017 Edition is to take this winning concept even further with a combination of fresh design features,” said Björn Annwall, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Customer Service at Volvo Car Group.

Inside the cabin the S60 and V60 Edition models come with sport leather seats in off-black or soft beige, complemented by a black headliner. The steering wheel, which can now be ordered with built-in heating, has also been treated to a contrasting thread and groove, adding looks and luxury to the feel. Contrasting stitching has also been added on the gearshift gaiter. Two interior trims will be offered – Milled Aluminium, as standard and Piano Black as an option.

On the exterior several new exterior colours will be available including the expressive Mussel Blue and Luminous Sand options recently seen on the new S90, V90 and XC90 models. The S60 and V60 Edition will offer a choice of two new wheels, the diamond cut 17” Rodinia, the 18” Tucan, adding a dynamic look and feel.

In keeping with the glossy black of the new wheels, the Edition models also come with a range of high gloss black features, front and rear bumper inserts, and the grille, which is enhanced by horizontal chrome bars. The Edition models also come with integrated tailpipes, retractable door mirrors and park assist (rear) as standard.

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