The 2011 Volvo S60 was finally unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. This vehicle marks Volvo's first step into the CD Premium car segment. Volvo has provided this car with a wide array of the latest features in safety, infotainment and performance. The new S60 is offered in 5 petrol engines and 3 diesel units.
However, the first batches will be available with two petrol engines a 3.0l T6, which is capable of 304 bhp/440 Nm; and 2.0T, which offers 203 bhp/300 Nm.
It also comes in two diesel engines 2.4 D5, which can produce 205 bhp/420 Nm; and 2.0 D3, which generates 163 bhp/400 Nm. Later this year, Volvo will offer the following petrol engines: 2.0 T5 (240 bhp/320 Nm), 1.6 T4 (180 bhp/240 Nm) and 1.6 T3 (150 bhp/240 Nm).
The last diesel unit -- the 1.6 D DRIVe (115 bhp/270 Nm) will be available late in the year. Volvo is proud of the fact that the S60 is the first sedan model on the market with Advanced Stability Control. Due to its new roll angle sensor, the ASC allows the Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC) to be activated faster and with greater precision.
The S60 also has the Corner Traction Control, which is a system that uses torque vectoring to enable the car to take the corners more easily and eliminating the risk of understeering as much as possible.
Offered as standard on the Volvo is the Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake. With this system, collisions with a pedestrian at speeds of up to 35 km/h can be avoided. The S60 also has the City Safety system, which makes the car automatically brake when detecting a possible collision with the vehicle in front.
The all-new 2011 Volvo S60 is endowed with Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC) technology, which boasts of several advanced features designed to enhance driving safety and pleasure. For instance, the Volvo S60 is the first saloon to be blessed with Volvo's Advanced Stability Control that, thanks to a new roll sensor, could determine any skidding tendency at an early stage. This allows the anti-skid system to activate much earlier and more precisely.
On the other hand, all-new 2011 Volvo S60 comes with a new chassis supported by an array of electronic systems that help drivers experience the sporty side of this saloon. One of these systems is Corner Traction Control, which employs torque vectoring for smoother cornering. A refinement of the DSTC system, Corner Traction Control brakes the inner driven wheel while transmitting more power to the outer driven wheel when the Volvo S60 is managing a curve.
In this process, the vehicle could corner much tighter without having to understeer. Furthermore, the 2011 Volvo S60 comes with a highly advanced braking system that boasts of a range of interacting features that ensure that the saloon would stop at the shortest possible distance in all scenarios.
One of these features is the Ready Alert Brakes that could predict when emergency braking is required. In case emergency braking is needed, this technology applies the brake calipers lightly to the brake discs even before the brake pedal is pressed. Optimized Hydraulic Brakes, meanwhile, augment the vehicle’s braking ability during firm braking by employing hydraulics to counteract low vacuum pressure in the brake servo. Hydraulic Brake Assist, on the other hand, ensures braking in the shortest possible distance.
In case the driver fails to step on the brake pedal fast or hard enough, Hydraulic Brake Assist could help utilize the ABS system optimally, thereby shortening the overall braking distance. Volvo S60 also comes with Fading Brake Support, which employs the hydraulic system to progressively increase brake pressure during long, hard braking, thereby helping cut the risk of brake fade while maintaining pedal feel. Moreover, Electronic Parking Brake is installed on the new 2011 Volvo S60 as standard.