What’s up for the Chinese market’s consideration this December is the Volvo S80L T4. It features Volvo’s new 2.0-liter GTDi turbocharged, direct injection, four-cylinder engine and is expected to be priced at CNY300,000 ($45,000).
Its engine produces 203hp and 287 Nm (211 lb-ft) of torque at just 1,750 rpm. It features variable valve timing on both camshafts, further improving efficiency.
The model uses a PowerShift dual-clutch automatic transmission as its gearbox. If you’re wondering what the ‘ L’ in the S80L T4 means, it actually refers to the long wheelbase version of the standard S80.
With a weight of 1,745 kg (3845 lbs), the car can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.6 seconds. Volvo is hopeful that the long wheelbase will comply with Chinese customer’s requirements for an official car.
Volvo’s S80L T4 will be going up against some formidable models in this segment, including Audi A4L 1.8TFSI Comfort, BMW318i (Lingxian in Chinese, meaning 'priority'), Mercedes-Benz C180K Classic, Volkswagen Magotan, Buick Lacrosse 3.0L Flagship and Camry 240HG Deluxe Edition, which presently dominate the segment.
The S80L wheelbase is extended by 140 mm (5.5 inches), reaching 2,975 mm (117 inches) with the full car's length measured at 4,991 mm (196 inches).
This means that the rear seat leg space is bigger at 1,025 mm (40.3 inches). Volvo’s S80L also features several luxury specifications, including a refrigerator in the rear seat, Premium Sound, rear seat entertainment system, and more deeply padded leather seats. Chinese luxury car consumers may have the car set up according to their preferences.