Volvo has revamped the majority of the models in its lineup in what is said to be the “most extensive development” of current models in its history. The performance of the S60 saloon, V60 estate, XC60 SUV, V70 estate, XC70 4x4 estate and S80 saloon won’t be sacrificed as it gets a fresh family appearance, enhanced equipment levels, improved fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions.
However, these modifications won’t be just to the exterior. The S60 models get a new interior trim, which is believed to offer the updated car’s cabin the essence of a Swedish house, while adaptive cornering lights are now on hand. A new luxury "Executive" interior package is offered on the S80 saloon, giving it some bespoke trim options. The XC60, which is the top-selling model of the Volvo brand, doesn’t anymore have black trim of a "more urban look."
The torque vectoring comes as standard. The only models that won’t be changed are the newly presented V40 hatchback and the XC90 SUV, which is set to have a replacement in 2014. Last year, Volvo stopped production of the S40 saloon, V50 wagon, C30 hatch and C70 convertible. The appearance of the new models makes use of styling elements from the Volvo Concept You, a big saloon concept presented at the Frankfurt motor show in 2011.
The former models had a more rounded and dynamic family look but this had been replaced with an aesthetically broadened front end, bolder horizontal lines and more slender lights. A major addition to the company’s S60 and V60 models (which go up against the BMW 3 series) is the option of a lowered sports chassis for all versions. This was formerly available with just R-Design versions.
The declines in CO2 emissions for the S60 have reached the highest limits on the 113bhp 1.6-litre turbodiesel D2 version, which presently stands at only 106g/km. Volvo claims that this model can achieve 70.6mpg on the EU combined cycle. Furthermore, S80 versions gain from efficiency enhancements. The D2 specification cars have CO2 emissions of 108g/km of CO2 and can return a combined 68.9mpg. In D2 form, the V70 offers reduced CO2 emissions of 112g/km.
Meanwhile, XC70 models can emit 139g/km of CO2 in D4 and D5 trim. A new multimedia system has been presented throughout the six modified models. The system, which is called Sensus Connected Touch, consists of full internet access, internet radio, Google maps and search and internet music streaming. The driver’s mobile phone provides internet access through 3G/4G. Also, the seven-inch touchscreen can be used while having gloves on.