Introduced back in 2006, the second generation Volvo S80 saloon has not experienced lots of major modifications except for the long-wheelbase variant introduced late last year intended for the Chinese market. With the announcement by Volvo for its intentions of a slightly refreshed variant set for sale in the near future, things could significantly change for the S80 saloon.
The car will be updated in time for the 2010 model year and the updates consist of visible modifications to the body, an enhanced interior and a stiffer chassis and updated powerplant lineup. From what can be observed, the new saloon appears to be lower, longer and broader due partly to a new grill and rocker panels.
In the interior, the high-end feel of the car has been further enhanced, featuring leather seats and leather trimmed door panels. A silk metal frame that matches the more modern models like the XC60 is the upgraded version of the floating center stack. A brand new 5-cylinder diesel powerplant, which is Euro 5 compliant, will join the range.
It generates about 205hp (152kW) and 310lb-ft (420Nm) of torque while maintaining a fuel consumption of 38mpg (6.2 liters/100km) and a C02 emissions rating of 164g/km. Furthermore, the 2010 S80 will also be offered with a second diesel unit capable of 175hp (130kW) and 310lb-ft (420Nm) of torque.
Volvo has also added a new chassis management system that is equipped with two settings: a "comfort" chassis will be available as standard and a "sport" chassis which is lowered as optional.
The sport variant comes with a 20mm lower ride at the front and 15mm at the rear, plus stiffer springs, enhanced shocks and tougher anti-roll braces. This refreshed Volvo S80 will be introduced next week at the Geneva even and will be available for sale by mid-year.