Volvo S60 no longer diesel
The new Volvo S60 saloon will be the first Volvo to be produced without a diesel engine.
All new Volvo models launched from 2019 will be available as either a mild petrol hybrid, plug-in petrol hybrid or battery electric vehicle.
‘Our future is electric and we will no longer develop a new generation of diesel engines,’ said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars. ‘We will phase out cars with only an internal combustion engine, with petrol hybrid versions as a transitional option as we move towards full electrification. The new S60 represents the next step in that commitment.’
Last month, Volvo Cars reinforced its electrification strategy by stating that it aims for fully electric cars to make up 50% of its global sales by 2025. The announcement was made at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show.
The new S60 will initially be available with a range of four-cylinder Drive-E petrol engines as well as with two petrol plug-in hybrid versions. Mild-hybrid versions will follow next year.
Production of the new S60 will start this autumn at Volvo Cars’ brand-new manufacturing facility outside Charleston, South Carolina.