2011 Volvo S60 makes U.S. debut at the New York Auto Show

Article by Christian A., on March 31, 2010

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.

Exterior Design

With 83 years of tradition and history, Volvo once again demonstrates why its designs have continued to endure the test of time. This latest offering from the Sweden-based manufacturer is expected not just to take your breath away but to also to keep your heart racing like no other previous model has done.

For the last ten years, the design language of the Volvo has indeed continued to change and even evolve. Even so, it remains to have the core values that made it one of the strongest car manufacturers in the world.

All of these can be seen in the work of art that is the Volvo S60. The exterior benefits from the use of LED technology in that it manages to create unique fluid light streams in both the front part of the vehicle and rear portion.

What makes the Volvo S60 even more distinct is the way the different lights are positioned giving it a profile that is easily identifiable even in the dark. Take a look at it from the front with the vertically-positioned lights, the mirror-mounted turn light indicators, the tail lights, and even the side marker lights that look like eyebrows.

Interior Design

Even if the S60 initially appears to be more driver-oriented in terms of the details of the interior, it remains to be a five-passenger vehicle that offers cozy space for the passengers.

The outer rear seats for instance have been sculpted to offer more side support especially to the passenger seating in the middle.

Compared to the previous S60 models released, this one has its wheelbase increased by 2.4 inches.

The result is that it also increases the leg room of the rear seats by as much as 2.1 inches. Even the knee space has been increased by more than 1 inch as a result of the improvement done to the wheelbase.


The engine is also not something to be underestimated as the U.S. release of the S60 will have the T6 engine, which is more powerful and is an upgraded version of the T6 engine that is included in its other model, specifically the XC60 premium crossover.

The T6 engine has a 3.0-liter capacity and is enhanced further with a lower internal friction making it the best 6-cylinder engine in the Volvo line-up. The engine is capable of reaching a peak of 300 horsepower and a maximum torque of 325 lb.-ft. at 2,100 rpm.

The engine comes with the trademarked Volvo 6-speed and automatic Geartronic transmission. With lower friction and the addition of new valves, this means that the S60 can change gears faster than previous models.

Since the S60 has the T6 engine, it also comes with the standard all-wheel drive system. Another important change is the improvement of the steering gear ratio which has been made faster by 10%, ensuring a sharper response and a better steering feel.

As such, there is now a greater feeling of road contact. Moving from the engine, the struts at the front now have piston rods that are thicker than the sports chassis of the Volvo S80. Since the stiffness is greater by 47%, the body is able to carry more lateral loads.

Though other parts appear to be increased, the springs meanwhile have been made shorter and stiffer by increasing the Eigen frequency by around 10%.

The bushings have also been made stiffer especially that of the front strut mounting, experiencing a 50% increase.

Unlike other offerings from Volvo, the subframe bushings located on the front and rear portions of the S60 are double in stiffness. Finally, the link arm bushings also experienced upgrades in order to optimize it for sporty driving while retaining full control.

Press Release

All-new 2011 Volvo S60 Makes North American Debut at New York Auto Show

Volvo Cars of North America, LLC (VCNA), pulled the wraps off the all-new 2011 S60 sport sedan today at the New York Auto Show. Making its North American debut in the Big Apple following its global unveiling in Geneva earlier this month, the all-new Volvo S60 is set to take its rightful place among the world's top sport sedans when it arrives at dealerships later this fall.

"There is no doubt the all-new S60 will be going head-to-head with the best sport sedans in the world," said Doug Speck, VCNA President and CEO. "But with 300 horsepower, all-wheel drive and a very attractive starting price, I'm confident we'll be popping up on many driving enthusiasts' shopping lists."

VCNA expects the all-new S60 to eventually become its top seller in the United States. The all-new S60's focus is clear: It must offer jaw-dropping design, smile-inducing driving dynamics and unique safety technology.

Jaw-dropping design: Sculpted to move you
Like a work of art that elicits double- and triple-takes, the all-new Volvo S60 has been sculpted to move you. This breathtaking new design captures the imagination and sets the heart racing like no other Volvo sedan. While it clearly signals a revolution in Volvo design, the S60 upholds the Swedish carmaker's proud 83-year history of crafting vehicle silhouettes that withstand the test of time.

The C-pillar of the all-new S60 stretches sensually all the way to the tail lights - and the slim coupe-like roof line is accompanied by a new contour on the shoulders on either side of the lower body, creating a gentle yet powerful double wave from the headlights at the front to the tail lights at the rear.

Volvo's designers have applied LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology to create distinctive yet fluid light streams front and rear. Vertical position lights at the front, eyebrow like side marker lights, turn indicators mounted in the mirrors and position lights in the tail lights give the new S60 an unmistakable profile that's even recognizable in the dark.

The interior of the all-new S60 is lavish in terms of its driver-oriented details, but it's still a five-passenger car offering comfortable space for all its occupants. The sculpted outer rear seats give the passenger in the middle welcome side support. The all-new S60 benefits from a nearly 2.4-inch increase in wheelbase over the previous-generation S60. This increase has a direct impact on rear seat leg room. Rear passengers will notice a 2.1-inch increase in leg room. Knee space in the rear seat has increased by more than an inch compared with the previous-generation S60.

Volvo's design language has undergone dramatic change over this past decade - without compromising on the core values that have made the brand one of the strongest in the automotive world.

Smile-inducing driving dynamics: The sportiest Volvo ever
The all-new S60 will be launched in the United States with the T6 engine, an upgraded, more powerful version of the T6 engine currently offered in the XC60 premium crossover. All T6 models come standard with Volvo's all-wheel-drive system.

The turbocharged T6, displacing 3.0 liters, has been improved with lower internal friction and is the most powerful six-cylinder engine currently offered by Volvo. It now puts out 300 horsepower and a stout 325 lb.-ft. of torque. Maximum torque is achieved from just 2,100 rpm and remains available throughout the rev range. Power is transmitted to the wheels via Volvo's second-generation six-speed automatic Geartronic transmission. New valves and lower friction mean faster gear changes than before.

The steering gear ratio has been made 10 percent faster than in previous models to give enhanced steering feel and sharper response. The steering column's thicker tubing and stiffer bushings result in increased torsional rigidity by 100 percent. This contributes to the increased feeling of direct contact with the road.

Up front, the struts have thicker piston rods compared with the sports chassis in the Volvo S80. The 47 percent increase of stiffness means that the structure is better able to take up lateral loads. The springs themselves are shorter and stiffer than before with Eigen frequency increased by 10 percent.

The bushings are generally stiffer than in Volvo's current sports chassis. Front strut mounting stiffness has increased by 50 percent. The subframe bushings front and rear are up to twice as stiff when compared with previous models. Link arm bushings have also been optimized for sporty driving with full control.

The S60 is the first sedan on the market equipped with Advanced Stability Control. A new roll angle sensor identifies any skidding tendency at a very early stage so the anti-skid system can step in earlier and with greater precision. Advanced Stability Control is a great asset in dynamic driving involving considerable lateral forces, which improves handling and rapid avoidance maneuvers.

Corner Traction Control is a new feature that uses torque vectoring for smoother cornering. This technology is a further refinement of the Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC).

When cornering, the car's inner driven wheel is braked while at the same time more power is transmitted to the outer driven wheel. This allows the driver to take the corner more tightly while reducing any tendency to understeer.

Unique Technology: Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake
Pedestrian accidents occur every day in our increasingly intensive traffic environments. In the U.S., 11 percent of all traffic fatalities are pedestrians. That equates to approximately 4,700 deaths annually and it's a number Volvo is hoping to reduce with the introduction of Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake.

Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake is a groundbreaking technological solution that actively helps the driver avoid accidents. Volvo's radar- and camera-based system can detect pedestrians in front of the car, warn the driver if anyone walks out into its path - and then automatically activate the S60's full braking power if the driver fails to respond in time. This world-first technology can help the driver avoid a collision with a pedestrian.

Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake consists of a 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. The radar's task is to detect any object in front of the car and to determine the distance to it while the camera determines what type of object it is.

Half of all pedestrian accidents occur at speeds below 16 mph. Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake can avoid a collision with a pedestrian at speeds up to 22 mph if the driver does not react in time. At higher speeds, the focus is on reducing the car's speed as much as possible prior to the impact. The speed reduction is up to 22 mph.

Statistics reveal that the car's speed has considerable importance for the outcome of the accident. A lower speed of impact means that the risk of serious injury is significantly reduced. For instance, if speed is cut from 31 mph to 16 mph, 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.

Volvo Cars of North America, LLC, (www.volvocars.com/us) is a subsidiary of Volvo Car Corporation of Gothenburg, Sweden. VCNA provides marketing, sales, parts, service, technology and training support to Volvo automobile retailers in the United States, and oversees Volvo operations in Canada.

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