The all-new 2011 Volvo S60 made its debut today at the New York Auto Show and will hit the dealerships later this fall. As you may know already, the new car introduces its unique safety technology called Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake.
For those who don't know what this is, we will explain it: the new system newly developed radar unit integrated into the all-new S60's grille, a camera fitted in front of the inside rearview mirror and a central control unit.
This radar can detect any object in front of the car and can avoid a collision with a pedestrian at speeds up to 22 mph if the driver does not react in time.
For example, if you have a speed of 31 mph and the speed is cut to 16 mph, the Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake is expected to reduce the fatality risk by as much as 20 percent and in some certain cases up to 85 percent.
The brand new car comes with a choice of 5 petrol engines (first batches will be available with two petrol engines) and 3 diesel unit: a 3.0l T6, which is capable of 304 bhp/440 Nm; and 2.0T, which offers 203 bhp/300 Nm; 2.0T, which offers 203 bhp/300 Nm; 2.4 D5, which can produce 205 bhp/420 Nm; 2.0 D3, which generates 163 bhp/400 Nm; 1.6 T4 (180 bhp/240 Nm) and 1.6 T3 (150 bhp/240 Nm).
If cars are works of art, then the MY2011 Volvo S60 is one clear example. Volvo designed this model to elicit your emotional side. No matter how you look at it, the new Volvo S60 represents another exceptional take on the carmaker’s design while continuing the carmaker’s long tradition of creating enduring yet elegant silhouettes. One of those responsible for this elegance is the C-pillar of the S60, which runs all the way to the tail lights.
Other culprits are the Volvo S60’s slim coupe-like roofline and a new contour on the shoulders on either side of the vehicle’s lower body. The contour creates a soothing double wave running from the headlights to the taillights. Both the headlights and taillights feature LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology, allowing them to emit fluid light.
Even during the night, the profile of new Volvo S60 is fairly easy to recognize because of the vertical position lights on the front; eyebrow-like side marker lights; turn indicators on the mirrors; and position lights in the taillights. However, not all of the focus was given to the exterior.
Designers also paid special attention to the Volvo S60’s interior, showering the cabin with details that lavish both the driver and passengers. For instance, the posterior part of the cabin features sculpted outer rear seats that provide the middle passenger with ample support.
Since the new Volvo S60 has a wheelbase that is around 2.4 inches longer than its predecessor, rear passengers now have more leg room (+ 2.1 inches) for more a comfortable ride. Also, the new Volvo S60 offers more knee space (one inch more) than the previous-generation S60.