Ok, we have to admit we’re a bit infatuated with the new Volvo S60. A gorgeous alternative to the German trio as well as the XE and Giulia, the new luxury saloon is a breath of fresh air in the hugely competitive segment. Be it the sporty R-Design trim or the posh Inscription, the midsize four-door model is quite the looker.
But there’s more to the S60 than its great design as the S60 has been developed from the ground up by utilising Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform shared with the XC60 and also the bigger 90 Series cars. It offers up to 415 brake horsepower in the flagship T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid with the new “Polestar Engineered” specification joining the usual front-wheel-drive T5, the all-wheel-drive T6, and the regular all-paw T8 models.
The 2019 S60 will go down in Volvo’s history as being the very first car to be built by the Swedes in the United States, specifically at the new plant located outside Charleston, South Carolina. The saloon will be all alone on the assembly line until 2021 when the next-generation XC90 will join the party.
Bear in mind the range topper tweaked by Polestar is going to be offered in “extremely limited quantities,” so you’d better act fast to snatch one. It will be well worth the effort considering it’s going to pack a little bit more torque at 494 lb-ft, bespoke 19-inch wheels, as well as Polestar-optimised Brembo brakes, strut brace, and Öhlins shock absorbers.
UK customer deliveries of the new Volvo S60 are scheduled to commence during the second quarter of 2019. No prices have been announced yet for the saloon, however, as a point of reference the V60 estate starts at £31,810. The 2019 S60 hits full production speed at Volvo’s South Carolina manufacturing facility later this year.