2019 Volvo S60 Won’t Be Offered With A Diesel Engine

Last year, Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson said the company would stop developing new diesel engines and it now appears the automaker will begin eliminating them from their lineup.

In an interview with the Financial Times, Samuelsson revealed the 2019 S60 won’t be offered with a diesel engine. The car will be unveiled in South Carolina this summer and built at the company’s new Ridgeville factory which is located in the state.

The decision not to offer the S60 with a diesel engine is a big change but it builds on the announcement that all future Volvo models will be electrified. The company has also stated it wants 50% of their sales to come from electric vehicles by 2025.

According to Samuelsson, the decision to ditch diesel isn’t necessarily about emissions as he noted “We’re not saying diesel is more dirty, but it’s more complicated and more expensive.” He went on to say new emissions standards will make it tougher for automakers to build diesel engine that are compliant with the new rules. This, in turn, will drive up costs as well as complexity.

Samuelsson wasn’t completely dismissive of diesel engines as he noted their only advantage is lower fuel consumption figures than traditional gasoline engines. However, he said mild-hybrid technology can make petrol engines much more efficient.

Volvo will continue to offer diesel-powered models but the lack of a diesel engine in the S60 is a sign of things to come. Eventually, the automaker will drop diesel engines altogether but there’s no word on a timeframe.

Since we now know the S60 won’t be offered with a diesel engine, it appears only petrol engines from the V60 will carryover. As a result, we can expect a 2.0-liter T6 producing 310 PS (228 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque. There could also be an entry-level T5 as well as two plug-in hybrid variants with outputs of 340 PS (251 kW) and 390 PS (288 kW).

  • fabri99

    I’m sure they’ve done their homework and that ditching diesel engines is convenient for them, and yet it seems weird not to have a diesel S60. Diesels are still going strong in Europe and they are definitely the better choice for travelling long distances. I can see why you’d cut it on smaller cars and coupes, but in a sedan like the S60 it seems a bit risky.

    • I agree, but I hope it will work out for them, as it would benefit us all. The long distance traveling is not a problem for their modern petrol engines, the consumption difference is not big, and you save a lot on less servicing. However, I really hope they come out with a small engine + electric engine hybrid, because that’s the combination that can really replace diesels. Small consumption in the city, and enough power for motorways.

  • :/ Yurr

    This will definitely be my second car 😉.

    • Love Johnson

      Fix your credit and get a job!

  • alexxx

    The auto world is changing.
    And rightly so.
    Well donne Volvo.

  • erly5

    A bold move for a model in this class but even today, I’d still plump for diesel power. Hope it proves a successful move for them.