There’s apparently a rising demand for both stretched cars and SUVs in China. There are rumors that Volvo will start to produce a Volvo S60L in its new Chengdu facility at the end of the year. Volvo is seeking to roll out around 200,000 cars annually at this new plant. It’s likely that the XC60 will enter production at the same time.
This means that Volvo will have two strong cars, which can be used as the basis of its plans in China. Volvo is reportedly going along with the obvious theme at the recently held Beijing Auto Show of stretched L cars. In China, lengthened cars are at the height of popularity. Citroen Elysee’s leg room is now bigger from the extra 10cm in its B-Pillar. Audi is available in L form as standard.
The precedent was set by the A6L while the A4L acquired the sales volume to make it successful. BMW was quick to get on this trend by presenting the BMW328Li at the Beijing Auto Show.
BMW displayed a stretched 3-Series, a lengthened-compact sedan, at the Beijing show. It probably won’t take long before a C-Class L will be built. The S60 is already being imported to China.
The S60 is produced in Holland, so importing it to China makes it a bit expensive at 280,000RMB. The price increases for the 1.6T version.
Meanwhile, the 2.0T is priced from 300,000RMB. The Volvo S80L is already produced in China via the Chang’an-Volvo tie up. The S80L has been selling very poorly. It hasn’t made any sort of impact to a segment that’s dominated by the Audi A6L, BMW 5L and E-Class L.
The all-new Volvo S60, which made its global debut on March 2, 2010 at the Geneva Motor Show, enters one of the automotive industry’s most fiercely competitive segments. However, the company is ready to take on the new segment and has supported its new model by giving it a stylish coupé-like design, complex driving characteristics, and a Pedestrian Detection safety technology.
By simply looking at its shape, you can easily see that the new Volvo S60 is a coupé. It is totally different from the previous Volvo, with its more distinct and sportier characteristics.
Design wise, it hints of excellent driving characteristics.
The chassis team has refined every detail to make sure that it will deliver the best driving experience.
The new S60 range will be available from launch, giving you a choice from two diesels and one petrol engine as well as the updated high-performance 3.0-litre T6 petrol version with 304bhp, a 2.4-litre 205bhp D5 and a 2.0-litre 163bhp D3 powerplant. The DRIVe version, which is powered by a 1.6-litre diesel engine with CO2 emissions of about 115g/km and a fuel efficiency of up to 65.7 mpg (preliminary figure, combined cycle) will be making its arrival in 2011.
When it comes to the design, the new Volvo S60 is a winner. The four-door coupé stands out compared to any of the previous Volvo models. The new model’s C-pillar goes all the way to the tail lamps. The slender coupé-like roof line comes with a new contour on the shoulders on both sides of the lower body. It resulted in a subtle double wave in the line starting from the headlamps at the front going to the tail lamps at the rear.