Two new engines and more standard equipment have been added to the Volvo S60 sports sedan and V60 sports wagon for 2012.
The new two litre, 400Nm D3 five cylinder turbo diesel blends strong performance with low fuel consumption and exhaust emissions. And a highly fuel-efficient 132kW 1.6-litre turbo petrol T4 engine brings exceptional economy, power and refinement, along with high value to the S60 and V60.
A six-speed PowerShift dual-clutch transmission is fitted to the T4, while other models retain Volvo’s six speed adaptive Geartronic automatic gearbox.
All models now come with high performance multimedia systems with a 7 inch screen as standard.
Blind Sport Information System (BLIS), Active Bending Lights (ABL), Volvo Navigation System (VNS) are all standard on T5 R-Design models.
The rakish, coupe style S60 sedan and the svelte V60 sports wagon introduced a combination of performance, safety, luxury and stunning good looks when first launched.
The S60 and V60 introduced a long list of innovative functions that re-set the benchmarks in the mid-size premium segment and confirmed their status as the most high-tech Volvos of all time.
Both S60 and V60 featured Volvo’s City Safety as standard, and introduced Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake and Pedestrian Detection.
With more space for passengers and luggage, plus the inclusion of standard all-wheel drive on the premium T6 model, Volvo’s new S60 and V60 represent a powerful new presence in the mid-size premium segment.
Now, both cars benefit from the arrival of two new engines: the super-efficient four cylinder 2.0-litre D3 turbo diesel that brings high levels of fuel economy and reduces CO2 emissions without sacrificing on-road performance, and the new 1.6-litre four cylinder T4 which, with its smooth, turbocharged power delivery brings outstanding value to both the S60 and V60 ranges.
“Both the D3 and T4 represent excellent value for money as the new entry level vehicles into the S60 and V60 range,” said Volvo Cars General Manager, Steve Kenchington, “Especially the T4, coming in under $60,000 for a luxury sedan.”
“The T4 and D3 will further cement the S60 and V60 as genuine contenders in their respective classes.”
The new D3 engine produces 120kW, along with a muscular 400Nm of torque to provide surging performance both in the city and on the open road, along with the high levels of sophistication typical of today’s Volvo diesel engines.
In the S60 sedan, the D3 diesel returns an average consumption figure of 5.9L/100km and emits 155g/km of CO2. In the V60 these figures are 6.0L/100km and 160g/km respectively.
Producing 132kW and 240Nm of torque, the 1.6-litre four-cylinder T4 is certainly no slouch. The all-new engine provides spirited acceleration and easy, swift cruising on the open road.
The T4’s performance compares favourably with competitors that use higher capacity engines. It is extremely economical too, with a combined fuel consumption of 7.4L/100 km, while the CO2 emissions are just 173g/km. T4 models utilise Volvo’s efficient six-speed PowerShift dual-clutch automatic transmission to maximise economy and performance.
The new D3 and T4 engines supplement the sporty 177kW 2.0-litre petrol T5 and the high performance 224kW 3.0-litre petrol T6, providing appeal to an even wider range of new car buyers.
Standard equipment on the T4 and D3 models includes: power driver’s seat, rain sensing wipers, rear parking sensors, 17-inch Njord alloy wheels, City Safety, High Performance Multimedia with Bluetooth audio streaming and a 7-inch screen, three-spoke steering wheel featuring a dacor inlay and a grocery bag holder in the luggage area.
All Volvo S60 and V60 models gain extra standard features for 2012, adding to an already comprehensive range of safety, convenience and luxury equipment.
The Teknik pack which adds $10,000 of features for just $6000 includes power passenger seat, headlight cleaners, Volvo Navigation System (VNS), Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), Active Bending Lights (ABL), “watch dial” look instrument cluster and chrome front detail.
The T5 R-Design S60 and V60 further gain 18-inch Ixion alloy wheels.
All T6 S60 and V60 models are now fitted with the Volvo Guard Alarm system and the keyless-start PCC Personal Car Communicator, the BLIS and ABL systems and front parking sensors and rear lip spoiler.
The six cylinder motor has upgraded performance from Swedish tuning company Polestar which runs Volvo’s touring car team. The result is 242 kWs and 480 Nm of torque.
The extra performance comes with no change to the certified official fuel consumption and the original Volvo manufacturer’s warranty is also unchanged.
Volvo also makes two-stage child booster cushions standard on the outer positions of the rear seat in the V60 sports wagon.
The T6 R-Design models further add a rear parking camera as well as Adaptive Cruise Control which includes Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake and Pedestrian Detection and Queue Assist.
Volvo continues to rate safety as a high priority right from the moment of design inception and the V60 and S60 feature all the technology that makes the company a worldwide leader in this area.
In addition to dual front and side airbags, V60 and S60 come with full-length curtain airbags, as well as Volvo’s WHIPS whiplash protection for front-seat passengers and the SIPS Side Impact Protection System that pays specific attention through the car’s structure – in addition to the side and curtain airbags – to protecting passengers in a side impact.
With the V60 and S60 already at the forefront of vehicle dynamics and safety through functions such as DSTC – one of the world’s most advanced stability control systems – Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake and City Safety, Volvo looms even larger in New Zealand’s medium-size luxury segment.
All S60 and V60 models are available with a three years or 100,000 kms warranty.
Volvo S60 prices
|T6 AWD R Design||$90,990|
V60 models add $3,000 to the S60 models