Volvo has revealed the slightly updated S60/V60 with a new range structure, the latest Android-based infotainment system, small design changes that can easily go unnoticed, and a new automatic gearbox that reduces emissions on certain models. .
The current generation Volvo S60/V60 was originally introduced in 2018 and now, four years later, the time has come for a mid-life refresh. This is not surprising, of course, after the recent facelift of the XC60 SUV.
What is seen from the outside
Visual changes are limited to the slightly revised bumper air intakes finished in gloss black and the new rear apron with hidden tailpipes. We can also see a new six-spoke wheel design that suits the Swedish sedan quite well. In addition to the four-door S60, the same changes apply to the more practical V60 estate. In line with Volvo’s latest strategy, the updated S60 is available in Core, Plus and Ultimate trims, with Bright and Dark packages adding chrome or black accents.
in the passenger compartment
Inside the cabin is Volvo’s latest infotainment system powered by Google Android software that was already available on other models in the lineup featuring Google Maps, Google Assistant and the Google Play app store. We also hope that you will receive the latest version of the Pilot Assist feature as part of Volvo’s ADAS suite.
The mechanical part of the car
The engine lineup for the S60 and V60 consists of mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains. The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine produces 161 horsepower (120 kW / 163 PS) in the entry-level B3, 194 horsepower (145 kW / 197 PS) in the mid-spec B4, 247 hp (184 kW / 250 PS) in the B5 and up to 295 hp (220 kW / 300 PS) in the V60-exclusive B6. All of them are combined with a 48-volt mild hybrid system that adds an additional 13 hp (10 kW / 14 PS). In addition, the V60 is also available with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder mid-hybrid turbodiesel engine producing 194 hp (145 kW / 197 PS).
On the B3 and B4 models, power is sent to the front axle via a new seven-speed DCT gearbox, while the B5 and B6 retain the old eight-speed torque converter automatic transmission on FWD and AWD. According to the spec sheet, the combined WLTP fuel consumption figures are slightly lower on the B3 and B4 (0.3 to 0.7 l/100 km) along with reduced CO2 emissions (5 to 15 g /km) compared to previous models.
The drivetrain of PHEV models
The PHEV models in the range still carry the Recharge badging from the previous model. The plug-in hybrid powertrain combines the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine producing 249 hp (186 kW / 253 PS) or 306 hp (228 kW / 310 PS), with an electric motor producing 144 hp (107 kW / 146 PS) . The lithium-ion battery with a useful capacity of 14.9 kWh allows an electric range of between 75-94 km (47-58 miles) in combined cycle. The fastest 2023 Volvo S60 Recharge T8 accelerates from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 4.3 seconds, while the top speed is limited to 180 kilometers per hour or what is equal to about 112 miles per hour as in all models New from Volvo.
The updated S60 will be produced at Volvo’s Ridgeville plant in South Carolina, USA. The market launch in Europe is expected in the coming weeks. As for those landing on North American soil, Volvo recently announced the S60 Black Edition, which is limited to 450 units, so we expect the facelift to come soon after. The Volvo S60 will compete with models like the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series, which will soon receive updates, along with the new generation of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.