Volvo NZ announces pricing and specs for S60 sedan range

Volvo Car New Zealand has announced pricing for its all-new S60 sedan range, which is the latest entry into the medium luxury segment for the Swedish automaker. Kiwi buyers will start to take deliveries of the all-new S60 from mid-December.

Volvo is claiming that the S60 is its most dynamic model yet with higher levels of handling and road holding combined with the marque’s unique Scandinavian design and quality.

It will be available in three models: the 224kW 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbo-charged petrol T6, Volvo’s recently updated 151kW 2.4-litre five-cylinder twin-turbo diesel D5 and the new two litre, four cylinder GTDi (direct injection turbocharged petrol) with 177 kWs.

The S60 AWD D5 will be priced at $71,990 and the S60 AWD T6 will be $79,990. The base model S60 GTDi will be $63,990.

Power for both the T6 and D5 models will be distributed to all four wheels by Volvo’s All Wheel Drive system and mated to Volvo’s six-speed Adaptive Geartronic transmission, offering the choice of manual gear selection or ‘Sport’ mode. This transmission also features a neutral control function, which lowers fuel consumption and reduces emissions by automatically switching from Drive to Neutral when the car comes to a complete stop.

The front wheel drive S60 GTDi will be added to the range at the end of the first quarter of next year and have a dual clutch automatic transmission.

In addition to benefiting from Volvo’s long list of standard safety features including City Safety, Advanced Stability Control (including roll over sensor and torque vectoring), Intelligent Driver Information System (IDIS) and Pyrotechnical seatbelt pretensions for all passengers – the all-new Volvo S60 introduces New Zealand buyers to a world first innovation.

Volvo’s pedestrian detection and avoidance system will be offered for the first time in its S60 range. Available as an option (Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist function and Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake and Pedestrian Detection) or as part of Volvo’s Drive Support Pack, the pedestrian detection system is made available for Kiwi buyers for the first time.

The system, which has been in development for over 10 years and tested in some of the world’s most densely populated cities, aims to protect pedestrians road users by either avoiding a collision or significantly reducing the impact speed.

Using a camera and radar, the system is a driver aid that is designed to activate in the event of driver distraction. It takes just 0.5 seconds for the system to detect a pedestrian and determine whether or not it is in danger of being hit by the oncoming car. If so, an audible alert and visual display on the windscreen is activated to alert the driver. If the driver fails to respond full braking power is applied. This entire process takes under one second.

At speeds of up to 35 km/h an accident with a pedestrian can be avoided, while at higher speeds the focus is on reducing the impact speed.

The all-new S60 will also introduce Volvo’s new infotainment system, which features a five or seven inch multi-function screen, full iPod and Bluetooth connectivity as standard.

Commenting on the introduction of the all-new S60 range, Stephen Kenchington, the General Manager of Volvo New Zealand, said the model would be a game-changer for Volvo.

“The all-new Volvo S60 range will bring a new level of excitement, performance and style to the Volvo brand.  We have high expectations for this model and believe it will be a key part of our aggressive growth plans for 2011 and beyond.”

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