Following yesterday’s report, the Swedish car maker has confirmed that the new S60 Saloon will become the first Volvo to be produced without a diesel engine.
Volvo is planning to offer all of its models launched from 2019 onwards with either a mild hybrid petrol, a plug-in hybrid petrol or a battery electric powertrain, ditching diesel engines completely.
“Our future is electric and we will no longer develop a new generation of diesel engines,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President and Chief Executive of Volvo Cars. “We will phase out cars with only an internal combustion engine, with petrol hybrid versions as a transitional option as we move towards full electrification. The new S60 represents the next step in that commitment.”
The new Volvo S60 is based on the company’s SPA architecture that’s shared with the company’s 90- and 60-series models. The four-door sibling of the recently revealed V60 estate will be initially available with a range of four-cylinder Drive-E petrol units, as well as two plug-in hybrid powertrains. Volvo says that mild-hybrid versions of the new S60 will follow next year.
Volvo will build the new S60 at its factory outside Charleston, South Carolina, which will be the only manufacturing location for the new four-door premium mid-size saloon. A leaked image revealed the design of the new S60, showing a pair of L-shaped taillights inspired by the bigger S90.
Last month Volvo announced its target for electric cars to make up 50 percent of its global sales by 2025.
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