Geneva preview: Volvo S60

February 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

Volvo’s latest-generation S60 saloon showcases new stability and traction control systems, a pedestrian-sensing system with auto braking, new sports suspension and a flash four-door ‘coupe’ look – and it’s also the first Volvo to get a series of new-generation engines.

From launch, there’s the twin-turbo D5 diesel with piezo-electric injection (205bhp/420Nm) which gives 0-62mph in less than eight seconds yet will still return a claimed 47.9mpg; the 2.0 D3 (163bhp/400Nm, 54.3mpg with manual gearbox); and less eco-friendly, the 304bhp/440Nm 3.0 T6 AWD turbocharged petrol, though at least its fuel consumption has been cut by a claimed 10% over the last-gen S60 T6 to 27.7mpg. Both diesels get a particulate filter.

New engines to join the range later in the first year of production are T5 (240bhp), T4 (180bhp) and T3 (150bhp) petrols and the 115bhp 1.6 DRIVe diesel (65.7mpg, with carbon dioxide emissions under 115g/km; good going for a saloon this size).

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