Volvo S60 India to launch in early 2021
The all-new, third-generation Volvo S60 sedan is expected to launch in India in the first quarter of 2021 (January to March). The luxury sedan, which had made its global debut in June 2018, was originally set to launch in late 2020.
Charles Frump, Volvo Car India’s managing director, has announced the launch of the new Volvo S60 in early 2021. “We intended to launch it in Q4 2020 but that could be postponed to Q1 2021 now,” he said.
The latest S60 will also be a petrol-only model, Frump reported. “We are going to come in with one engine and one level of trim. Surely the engine must be petrol, “he said.
The engine in question is a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder model that is commercially available in various tuning states. The power output for the front-wheel-drive ranges from 190hp, turbo-petrol T4, all the way to 390hp for the T8 Twin Engine hybrid plug-in model. The T8 incorporates a 303hp, supercharged, and turbocharged petrol engine driving the front wheels with a 65kW rear-wheel driven electric motor. On all models an automatic 8-speed gearbox is standard. Volvo is expected to sell the lower-powered variant of the S60 T4 in India, using the same engine driving the XC40 in India.
The only trim on offer is probably the Range-topping R-Design that gets all the bells and whistles.
Based on an old Ford-derived platform, the previous-gen Volvo S60 sedan was on sale in India from 2011 until it was discontinued in July 2019. Meanwhile, the new S60 is based on Volvo ‘s new Scalable Software Architecture (SPA) platform and has received a safety rating of 5 stars from the Euro NCAP.
The S60 gets fresh styling in terms of design which makes it look like a scaled-down version of Volvo’s larger S90 sedan. The hammer headlights of the Thor, the two-part front grille, the doors, and the front fender creased at the bottom, and the C-shaped taillights all offer the latest signature look of the S60 Volvo.
The Volvo S60 is rivaling the likes of the BMW 3 Series, the Mercedes-Benz C-class, the Jaguar XE, and the Audi A4 to come.