Volvo S60 gets new trims and 39g/km plug-in hybrid
Volvo has updated its S60 saloon line-up with a new 390hp T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid powertrain along with new trim levels.
Available to order now, the new powertrain joins the existing 250hp T5 petrol that debuted with the new range in the spring and combines a 303hp petrol engine with an 87hp electric motor, giving a total output of 390hp, and married up to an eight-speed auto and all-wheel drive.
The T8 Twin Engine’s 11.8kWh battery provides an electric-only range of up to 36 miles, with CO2 emissions from 39g/km. WLTP combined fuel economy is up to 176.5mpg. 0-62mph time is 4.6 seconds.
The new powertrain is available exclusively in R-Design Plus trim and is priced at £49,805 on the road, bringing a £265 monthly company car tax bill for a 40% taxpayer.
The plug-in hybrid has been added to the range as Volvo replaces the R-Design Edition launch trim previously used for the existing T5 petrol engine with the new R-Design Plus grade while also adding a new Inscription Plus variant.
R-Design Plus is designed to provide a more focused driving experience, thanks to (on T5 versions) stiffer springs, faster-responding monotube dampers, thicker anti-roll bars and a 12mm lower ride height (petrol-electric hybrid R-Design Plus variants come with the standard suspension settings). Other R-Design Plus highlights include a head-up display, gearshift paddles, high-¬gloss black exterior trim elements, a choice of 18-¬, 19-¬ or 20-inch alloy wheels, Metal Mesh aluminium interior inlays and part-leather sports seats.
The Inscription Plus brings a luxury focus including Nappa leather upholstery for the heated seats – which also gain a cooling function – plus bespoke alloys and Driftwood interior inlays.
The R-Design Plus places emphasis on dynamic style and cutting-edge technology, with high-gloss black exterior trim, sports seats, steering wheel-mounted gearshift paddles, a head-up display, part-leather sports seats and a choice of 18, 19 or 20-inch alloys.
T5 R-Design Plus versions also get lower, stiffer suspension settings compared to the comfort-focused suspension used for the T8 Twin Engine R-Design Plus and T5 Inscription Plus while the latter models can also be fitted with the adaptive dampers in the optional Active Four-C Chassis.
Standard equipment includes touchscreen and voice-activated control system, adaptive LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors, hands-free boot opening, sat-nav and Volvo’s City Safety autonomous emergency braking system.
Commenting on the S60 range expansion, Matt Galvin, Sales Director of Volvo Car UK, said: “The S60’s spring launch couldn’t have gone better. The high-specification R-Design Edition variants were extremely well received by both customers and retailers. Now, with R-Design Plus and Inscription Plus, we can offer the choice of a more focused driving experience or something more luxurious – qualities that resonate strongly with private owners and business users in the premium mid-size saloon market.
“Add the petrol-electric plug-in hybrid T8 Twin Engine to the mix and we’re sure the extended S60 range will make a significant contribution to Volvo Car UK’s continued sales success.”
Prices for the S60 range start at £37,935 on the road for the T5 R-Design Plus.
Volvo will also shortly announce full details of a 405hp S60 T8 Polestar Engineered variant.