Volvo S60 Concept

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  • Looks like: Volvo finally figured out its cars need to look good
  • Defining characteristics: Glass roof, sloping roof, four-door coupe bodystyle
  • Ridiculous features: Glass center console, rear hinged doors
  • Chance of being mass-produced: This is the prototype for the next S60; expect some but not many changes to the final production model.

Hey, if it worked for Jaguar, maybe a radical new design will work for Volvo, too. The Swedish automaker has been churning out its best cars as of late but few people are taking note. Many automotive design gurus point to the lack of bold designs being the problem. Well, here’s the first glimpse of what the new S60 will look like, and it sure isn’t your mom’s old boxy Volvo. 

The front end is a bit off-putting with the grille and bumper treatments creating a wide look and an odd criss-cross effect. Maybe it’s just a tad too much, but every other angle pleases. The sloping roofline definitely follows the recent trend of other four-door coupes on the market from VW and Mercedes. The back is thoroughly modern and would not be out of place on a BMW or Audi.

Under the concept’s hood is a new turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine producing 180 hp. That meager number won’t make American luxury shoppers happy, but it will meet strict emission standards in Europe. The company doesn’t state if this new engine is on track for its other cars, but it would make a lot of sense in the smaller C30 and S40 here in the U.S. The turbocharged four-cylinder also features other gas-saving measures like a start/stop function that turns off the engine at stops. Another new feature is a selectable gas-saving mode where a driver can decide to cut power to “frills” like entertainment and navigation systems.

So, does Volvo need a four-door coupe? No, but it didn’t need another straight-forward S60 sedan either, especially on top of the recently redesigned S80. We’ll see the concept up close in Detroit next month but for now check out more photos below. 

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Comments 

Colin B.

That interior is extremely ornate and so was the XC60 concept.

Judging from the amount of detail, maybe some of this will trickle down to the production S60?

I sure hope so!

Mart

Is 180hp really too little? From a 1.6 it's actually great!

I fully expect that as part of the auto bailouts and the consequent government oversight into making more fuel efficient vehicles (it's coming, even if not until Obama gets in), we're going to see HP outputs dropping on ALL US market cars to more closely match the rest of the world. 180hp is hardly weak, even in heavy modern cars and the CO2 emissions are excellent.

Mart,
My outback has just under 180 and I think it is adequate for sure. I'd guess this could weigh even more than my outback but more importantly its pricetag will probably be in the $30-$40K range. People spending that much will expect some performance too.

But the turbo four sounds like a much better idea than the five cylinders the company's been using for some time in its smaller cars.

Cj

It's more than INADEQUATE it's UNACCEPTABLE! If this thing had the price tag of an Accord/Camry that wouldn't be bad, but in the LUXURY SEGMENT?!? NO... The Passat even has more power and I'm sure it'll cost thousands less than the S60. What happened to the Turbo 6 cylinder engine that's in the XC60. 281 hp is what a $40K car needs not 180 hp. /rant over/

Overall this new S60 is a very nice fresh design :)

Mart

I wonder if this will even come to the US with this engine? I'm guessing this is built to compete more with the 4 cylinder BMWs that you also cannot buy here...

Adam

Looks great! Although this is not the first time Volvo decided its cars should look stylish. The 2000 S60 was hailed as a stylish car when it was introduced, and it still looks handsome today. The 'boxy volvo' has been dead for a while now cars.com

Adam,
The new Volvo's while more stylish, with the exception of the C30, are still boxy in comparison to others out there. Not pure boxes no.

UK Diesel Driver

180bhp is more than enough.Traffic jams are just as quick with 180 as 500bhp. And 180bhp in that car will let it do 125+, far more than the speed limit.

With the environment becoming an issue and the fuel prices likely to bounce back up at the first sign of economic growth the end of the extremely powerfull everyday car will come. V8 engines will die out, V6 will only be used in higher spec bigger cars and the V4 will become the dominant engine. It already is in most of the EU anyway.

2.0L atmospheric Honda engines already get 200bhp. If you turbocharge, supercharge or both, like VW, you can use smaller engines to great effect.

Money is better of spend on other things than fuel...

GV

much better vovlo!!! thumbs up!!

Bloke

If a chinese Volvo looked like this, I'd seriously consider buying it. I don't really care about the 'crystal' interior, although I think it is nice. Just as long as the shifter doesn't actually say "powershift" on it, it will be good. And 180 hp can be more than enough. Were did 1.6L come from though? I just read about a Peugot concept that got 218 hp from a turbocharged gas 4 cyl back in 2007, so maybe Volvo could do a little better. As long the weight is down though it should be okay.

Casino Royal movie last year, 007, Ford Mondeo - blast from the past, don't you think ..

Casino Royal movie last year, 007, Ford Mondeo - blast from the past, don't you think ..

Bloke

Good call. It is pretty close, but this one has more style.

All that glass reminds me of the AMC Pacer.

Mart

"Were did 1.6L come from though?"

I read it on the Car Magazine website, but I presume it's in the full Volvo press release.

Hybrit

The seats look a little chintzy compared to the thrones in the current Volvos.

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