New 2019 Volvo S60 Is A Sleek, American Made BMW 3-Series Fighter

Volvo’s third generation S60 model was just unveiled at the automaker’s first U.S. manufacturing plant in Charleston, South Carolina, which was also officially inaugurated today.

The all-new S60 is the Volvo’s first model to be sold without a diesel unit within its engine range, in turn signaling the company’s commitment to electrification. The Swedish automaker has previously stated that come 2019, all of their new models will be electrified.

“The new S60 is one of the most exciting Volvo cars we’ve ever made,” stated Volvo boss Hakan Samuelsson. “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 power is yours

Buyers will be able to choose between two turbocharged and supercharged plug-in hybrid petrol engines. Opt for the T6 Twin Engine AWD PHEV spec and you’ll end up with 340 HP, whereas the US-spec T8 version will deliver 400 HP. The automaker’s proven T5 and T6 petrol engines will be available at launch.

As for how well the new S60 will drive, this is what R&D exec Henrik Green had to say: “The active chassis and drive modes deliver excellent control and an engaged performance that makes this a driver’s car. It also brings the acclaimed technology from our 90 Series and other 60 Series cars into this segment, making it one of the best sports sedans on the market.”

You can also purchase electrified versions of the new S60 with a performance handling upgrade called Polestar Engineered – available exclusively on the T8 Twin Engine PHEV model. It offers upgraded wheels, brakes, suspension and engine control unit, boosting output to 415 HP.

The new S60 shares its SPA platform, safety tech and infotainment system with the V60, XC60 and the flagship 90 series models, which in turn should help it become one of the safest cars on the road.

Helping it in that department are systems such as City Safety with Autobrake, which assists the driver in avoiding potential collisions. Volvo says this is the only system on the market calibrated to recognize pedestrians, cyclists and large animals. Also, as a segment-first, City Safety now also engages auto braking in order to mitigate oncoming collisions.

Meanwhile, options such as the Pilot Assist system, which can steer, accelerate and brake the car on well-marked roads at speeds of up to 130 km/h (80 mph), has been upgraded to deliver better cornering performance. The all-new S60 also comes with Run-off Road Mitigation, Oncoming Lane Mitigation and the optional Cross Traffic Alert with autobrake.

New Volvo, new tech

Another segment first is marked by the automaker’s premium subscription service Care by Volvo, which allows customers to now access the new S60 through a monthly flat-fee subscription with no down payment. Tech-savvy buyers/subscribers will also be happy to know that the Sensus Connect infotainment system which is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, is available.

As for how the all-new S60 looks, well, it hasn’t exactly been the world’s best kept secret, especially with the V60 having already been unveiled. Still, if you like the larger S90’s appearance, odds are you’ll enjoy looking at the S60 too, especially since it does have a few extra design lines coursing through its body, making it look a little more sporty than its flagship sibling.

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  • Bo Hanan

    Very safe design.

  • vvmdrf

    Gorgeous lines and proportions. Well done

  • (⌐■_■)

    somehow the back of S60 looks much better the S90

    • Nordschleife

      Maybe because it’s a little narrower and more sculpted.

      • (⌐■_■)

        but I would have preferred it like this (up) than the original (bottom)

        • wintergraan

          Uhm … I don’t know. With the edited tail lights it looks like a bad Chinese copy of the S60 :/

          • (⌐■_■)

            I actually thought it looks like an Audi for a sec.

          • botornot387

            Yeah. Too much like a grafted A5 taillamp. I do agree that there could be some progress on this design but the overall look turned out very well. And Volvo is going to do this as it continues to build its brand name and brand itself as a legitimate German rival.

        • Enoch Gabriel Gonzales

          They sacrificed the back design so it would look better, or rather recognizable at night.

    • botornot387

      Totally agree. Was thinking that the whole time. The stance on the back is more aggressive and these new LED’s have more polish than the rest of the range.

    • D3X

      The rear license plate relocation and the higher angled rear bumper tightens up the rear trunk panel and creates less focus on the large middle blank area found on the rear of the S90. The License plate creates balance to frame the taillights lessening it’s emphasis and that feeling of being too large.

      • OdysseyTag

        I noticed that straight away – the license place relocation.

    • dumblikeyou2

      The whole trunk design and back look like a scaled down Dodge Charger.

      • Nordschleife

        I didn’t want to say it but I wholeheartedly agree. Thank you pointing that out.

  • Nordschleife

    I just don’t like that C-pillar area. It just doesn’t match the car to me. But everything else is nice and expected.

  • Jay

    I think it looks great but also identifiable as the successor of the old S60, which is always a good thing.

  • wintergraan

    Well it looks like a Volvo. But that’s a good thing for sure. 🙂
    I really like the sharp crease over the rear wheel arch which makes the car look more sculpted than for example the S90.

  • ctk4949

    Everything looks good, except that rear end!! I would have to debadge the VOLVO and tint the rear lights. I do not like em.

  • Vassilis

    Not unexpected but very pretty. A friend bought the XC60 and I was checking it out a few days ago. They’ve done a seriously impressive job with the interior. Beautiful, great details, great quality.

  • KF

    Love it!!!

  • botornot387

    Really love it, especially the Polestar design T8 aggressive stance, wheels, and looks. Is it safe yes? But lets get real the luxury game is safe. These vehicles are all about staying understated. Really curious to see how these engines will perform, especially the T6 PHEV. Specs are promising. Hey Volvo, this would make a great C70 convertible and coupe. Time to bring it back!!!

    • May Czos

      Their gasoline engines are very thirsty in real world driving, I think it’s going to be the least economical option in its class.

      • botornot387

        Could be! I don’t hold too much stock in those figures posted on window stickers because I have yet to get into a car that achieves them. If the performance is good, then a little penalty is worth it, but if not, then there’s no excuse. I do hope that they have massaged the T6 powertrain since the transition from supercharger power to turbo is non-linear.

        • D3X

          Volvo often understates the power it produces. Happened in the previous gen S60 Polestar as well.

        • May Czos

          Well, in the S90 the T6 version uses as much fuel as Audi A6 3.0 TFSI (3.0l turbo V6) and slightly more than BMW 540i.

          And they ditched diesels for that… I think they’re aiming for US buyers but I don’t know what they decided to sacrifice EU sales.

          • botornot387

            I don’t know that they are trying to sacrifice EU sales, so much as they truly hold their company to a mission statement and standard that they would be doing this in the future. I almost find it edgy in a world that caters hand and foot to appease everyone. They said awhile ago they would go full electric and these are clearly just a stop gap to be the first large scale manufacturer outside of Tesla to get their.

            In reality, Volvo sells a fraction of cars in the EU compared to the burgeoning Chinese market. Reality is they set the tone for what’s to come today and they want electrification.

          • May Czos

            In the first quarter of 2018 they sold 79k cars in Europe, 20k in the Us and 28k in China. They sell almost three times more cars in Europe than in China so your argument is just false.

            They need money for electrification because it’s nowhere near to being competetive or popular. Noone stops them from introducing new hybrids or fully electric cars but ditching diesels is against the market. They sell the most cars in Europe, S60 is going to compete in the segment where diesels have 50-65% of the market and they won’t offer any.

  • WC001

    I am normally not a fan of Volvo’s new lobster claw style taillights but I think it works on the S60. I am glad that there is now a Non-german small luxury sedan that can actually compete with the likes of the BMW 3 Series or the Mercedes C-Class. The exterior is nice and sporty while the inside retains Volvo’s minimalistic luxury style. I would like a darker wood trim like in the S90 but otherwise, it is a very nice car. I would even personally choose this over either the BMW or Mercedes.

  • Belthronding

    Next volvo= next best in class.

  • timii

    I cant wait until we get details on the new XC90

  • Six Thousand Times

    Meh it’s OK. A squashed S90. Doesn’t really compete with the 3er as a driver’s car because of the fwd and lack of six cylinders. I’ll admit that most buyers won’t honestly care about that.

    • D3X

      We’ll see when we get more details on the Polestar Engineered variant. The last official Polestar was no slouch!

      • Leconte Dave

        No more polestar

        • D3X

          sure there is. look at the pictures. Yellow brembos? different interior? it’s being worked on for sure and i believe will be called S60 “Polestar Engineered “. go to the Polestar site, they have an “engineered” section for Volvo cars and not for One and future official Polestar cars.

        • Nordschleife

          Per the pics it’s a Polestar variant available.

          • Leconte Dave

            Polestar tuned i mean

  • Dan Facciolo

    No thanks. Looks like I’ll be trading in my S60 for the new V60. So much better looking.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Well, it’s a wagon. Of course it will be better looking.

  • EyalN

    Volvo are made in china and the US now.
    the company was a swedish company

    • pxsupply

      What’s your point? Just the ownership part? They are also made in Belgium and Sweden…

  • pxsupply

    Am I the only one who noticed that only one fog light worked? 🙂 Car looks great though

    • salamOOn

      its in a turning light mode.

  • EyalN

    Poor Swedes, the only company they had over there moved to the US and China.

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  • AstonMartin

    Beautiful design that both pays homage to previous S60 generations and of course is the perfect stable mate to the S90. The tail light design looks greatly better on the S60 vs S90. In addition, I immediately thought a S60 Coupe would look amazing based on the sedans proportions while providing greater options for those cross shopping a BMW 3 Series, a car that it clearly is directing its strength toward. A C-Class still appears a notch above, however, this S60 offers buyers great styling, efficient engine choices and value add savings vs German contenders.

    • May Czos

      “efficient engine choices”

      Not so much, those engines in other Volvo cars make the the least economical entries in their segments. They’re just thirsty.

  • Dan Facciolo

    A more sportback-looking c-pillar (like the outgoing s60) would have made it 1000% sexier…

    • Nordschleife

      I agree Dan.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Ooh, that’s nice.

    • AstonMartin

      You nailed it! I really like Volvo’s design, however, the more I stared at the rear quarter side angle the vehicle looked shorter than the outgoing S60 even though its actually longer. Your design suggestion solves that dilemma with an elegant yet sporty style that indeed ties it more closely to the outgoing S60’s lines.

    • Brent Morrison

      lol I would like to see the view from the rear, that is one humongous window. It will look hideous.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Handsome looking car

  • OdysseyTag

    Now let’s see an S40. A resurrected C30 with Volvo’s new face would also be interesting.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      I wish Volvo would understand.
      A new C30 would make the perfect electric city vehicle

  • May Czos

    Gorgeous car but no diesle is a no-go for me.

    No diesel is going to compromise their EU sales by a large margin. Their gasoline engines are using stupid amount of fuel (about 50% more than diesels) in real world conditions and if someone’s drive a lot that makes a difference.

    • D3X

      The V60 does have the diesel engines, I would be surprised if they didn’t have it for the S60.

      • May Czos

        They already announced that S60 will not have diesel engines.

        • D3X

          Wow, that makes very little sense. I mean I understand that the S60 is primarily built in the US right now, V60 is built in Belgium. These 2 cars are practically the same other than the rear end… really confused.
          They should at least offer Diesels for the EU market.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Classy. Sporty. Sexy.
    This looks amazing.

    Volvo just cannot do any wrong with design.

  • rodriguez256

    In the video why does only one dog light turn on at the 1:45 mark?

    • salamOOn

      omfg what a mystery, right?!

  • TheHake

    Great looking car but nothing to set it apart from a S90.

  • Hoe

    Sedan reinvented, a come back to well executed proportions.
    Volvo showing how to make sedans, again

  • Beelzaboot teriaksun

    S60 vs 3-series? no. just no.

    S40 is a 3-series competitor, the S60 is a 5-series/a6/e class competitor.

    Proper automotive journalism

  • Brent Morrison

    what a snoozefest

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Very interesting design. Better than BMW and the whole VW group (excluding Porsche of course)

  • Benjamin B.

    interesting that Volvo decided to only offer its D-segment entry level sedan as a plugin hybrid…

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