2009 Volvo S60 SE revealed

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 25, 2010

Production of the Volvo S60 ended last month. More than 580,000 cars were recorded to have rolled off Belgium's Ghent factory during the eight-year product cycle. Before the all-new model arrives next year, Volvo is set to release a limited number of well-equipped S60 SE models. The 2009 Volvo S60 SE, which is exclusively designed for the US market, has only one specification.

The FWD model is priced at $30,950 while the AWD version is at $32,750. The Volvo S60 SEs go on sale this month but take note that only 880 units will be offered.

Both versions possess a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline five-cylinder engine rated at 208hp (155kW) and 236lb-ft (320Nm) of torque. Standard features include a five-speed automatic transmission and a sporty Geartronic mode to allow the driver to manually shift.

Other standard features are the following: leather seating, moonroof, heated seats, sporty 17-inch aluminum wheels, electronic climate control, headlamp washers, and rain sensing windshield wipers.

Further reinforcing the car's sporty theme are its aluminum mesh inlays at the interior. EPA rating for the FWD model is at 19mpg in the city and 28mpg on the highway while the AWD model is at 18mpg in the city and 26mpg on the highway.

The Volvo S60 was originally launched as a 2000 model in the U.S. It served the purpose of dispelling the impression of people that Volvo was both boring and boxy. The S60 followed the S80 luxury sedan, which was launched a year ago, and helped the Volvo introduce a modern design language.

These included a strong shoulder, a lowered stance, and the aggressively raked windshields. Many of these design cues continued to be seen on Volvo models even today like C70 convertible with its retractable hardtop and the more recent XC60 premium crossover.

The Volvo S60 has been one of the strongest selling cars of the Volvo Car Corporation. Around 578,000 units were manufactured world-wide during its 9-year production run.

Ever since it came to the U.S. back in 1999, Volvo Cars of North America has managed to sell more than 221,000 units of the S60 one the model ended its run. As result, it became one of the top-selling cars of the company.

Press Release

Volvo S60 Special Edition

How do you celebrate the end of an era? In Volvo’s case it’s by offering a very limited number of well-equipped VOLVO S60s that are packed with value, safety and premium features. The 2009 Volvo S60 Volvo S60 SE culminates 9 years and 578,000 units built world wide in one distinctly styled sport sedan for under $31,000. Just 880 Volvo S60 SEs will be offered in the U.S. when the car goes on sale this month.

The Volvo S60 SE will be offered in two variants: 2.5 front-wheel drive and 2.5 all-wheel drive. The front-drive version will have a base MSRP of just $30,950* while the all-wheel-drive car will have an MSRP of $32,750*. Included in the price is a laundry list of standard features including leather seating, electronic climate control, moonroof, sporty 17-inch aluminum wheels, heated seats, Rainsensor windshield wipers and headlamp washers. Aluminum mesh inlays adorn the interior and reinforce the Volvo S60 SE’s sporting character. Other touches include an exclusive "SE" badge on the trunk lid and SE-specific Monroney price labels.

Powered by an efficient 2.5-liter turbocharged inline 5-cylinder engine, the Volvo S60 SE enjoys 208 horsepower and an impressive 236-lb.-ft. of torque from just 1,500 rpm. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard and features a sporty "Geartronic" mode that allows the driver to manually shift. The Volvo S60 SE AWD incorporates Volvo’s renowned Haldex electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system that sends power to the wheels with the most traction. The Volvo S60 SE FWD is EPA rated at 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. The Volvo S60 SE AWD is EPA rated at 18 mpg city and 26 mpg highway.

First launched in the U.S. as a 2000 model, the Volvo S60 was instrumental in dispelling Volvo’s long history of being considered boxy and boring. Following on the heels of the S80 luxury sedan that had been launched just a year earlier, the Volvo S60 helped usher in Volvo’s modern design language: aggressively raked windshields, lowered stance and the iconic strong shoulders. These same timeless design cues may still be found today on every Volvo, from the beautiful C70 retractable hardtop convertible to the recently introduced XC60 premium crossover.

The Volvo S60 became one of Volvo Car Corporation’s strongest selling vehicles. Over its 9-year production run a whopping 578,000 Volvo S60s were build world wide. Since arriving in the U.S. in 1999, Volvo Cars of North America will have sold more than 221,000 S60s by the end of the model run, making it one of the company’s top-selling models.

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