• Nov 24, 2008
Click above to enlarge the Volvo S60 teaser image

You would have to set your way-back machine to the year 2000 in order to witness the last time Volvo released a brand-new mid-size sedan. That is an eternity in the auto industry, and competitors from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and even Saab have all since received significant updates. What we're getting at is that it's high-time for Volvo to introduce a brand-new S60 sedan. With the last of the P2-based S60 sedans set to roll down the Swedish assembly line next month, Volvo has just released its first official exterior image of the totally new mid-sizer that's scheduled to be shown for the first time in January at the Detroit Auto Show.

The first S60 was a radical departure from previous Swedish bricks, and Volvo is looking to make another statement with its newest model along those same lines. Volvo's shoulder-like design trademark will get a slight overhaul with a "double wave" accent over each wheel instead of just a straight shot from front to rear. We also see definite Audi and Jaguar XF hints in this car's profile. On the inside, the expected "waterfall" cluster and console will get an update with real crystal, which we definitely don't expect to survive through to productoin. Volvo has got a lot riding on this new P24 platform, and the once-popular and trend-setting S60 needs to be a big hit for the Swedish brand's continued survival.


[Source: Volvo]

PRESS RELEASE:

First photos of the Volvo S60 Concept

Here is the first glimpse of Volvo Cars' next concept car.
The Volvo S60 Concept will be unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show in early January 2009 - and it gives a clear indication of what the all-new Volvo S60 will look like when it is introduced during 2010.

"We both can and dare to deliver even more exciting and more dynamic designs while retaining our grip on the lead position with regard to safety. The concept car shows part of our future, it's a hint that the all-new S60 will be one of the strongest contenders in the CD premium segment," says Stephen Odell, President and CEO at Volvo Cars.

The first picture reveal the coupe-inspired silhouette that gave the original S60 its unique stance. It is now being even further accentuated.
"The concept car's design gives a visual promise of enthusiastic driving characteristics and I can assure you that the all-new S60 will deliver a sporty drive like no Volvo before," says Stephen Odell.

New shoulders resembling a double wave

The sleek coupe-like roof line is accompanied by entirely new shoulder contours - a gentle double wave from the headlamps at the front to the tail lamps at the rear.

"The inspiration comes from the Swedish coastline's cliffs and seas. An exciting blend of drama and sensuality," explains Volvo Cars' design director, Steve Mattin. He adds:

"This concept car takes our design DNA to the next level. We're talking about a 'Dramatic New Approach', meaning that we gradually turn up our cars' visual volume. The concept car's exterior gives a clear indication of what customers can expect of the all-new S60. On the inside we've been even more daring - there the focus has been on creating a vision of the future in the slightly longer perspective."

Centre stack made of Orrefors crystal

Among the interior features is a floating centre stack made of hand-crafted Orrefors crystal. It shaped in a graceful, transparent wave from the instrument panel all the way to the rear seat backrest. The crystal panel appears to float above the centre stack's ergonomically designed functionality and it rests gently on rubber pads.

"In a concept car the aim is to give your imagination a free rein and our iconic super-slim centre stack was the perfect object. Using pure crystal is a thrilling experiment. We may well see interior features in crystal-like materials in the future," says Steve Mattin.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      The current S60 has aged very well, it was a classic design from the get go, hope this car looks just as great.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ...that's a tease? The lines look pretty clear from my seat. And they look great.
      • 6 Years Ago
      bring back the S60R!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I totally agree with calGuy. the current S60 absolutely doesn't look like it is 9 year old and it's by far the best-looking car in the Volvo lineup. just hope the swedes make some improvements to the 2,0 inline-4 turbo, instead of using bigger engines.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I've always loved the inside of Volvo's, so Comfortable but could never stand to look at them from the outside.

      I really hope this S60 will change my outlook on Volvo.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Remember "Volvo, their boxy, but their good" from the movie? Look at how they have evolved the design over the years while maintaining a quality car with great crash test ratings. I have slowly found them more and more attractive and with this design, it is a home run.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Jaguar XF, is that you?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes it is you, Jaguar XF. But better?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Get a current S60 and you'll probably be as trouble free as they come. Compared to the C1-platform vehicles, P2 is way way better. In five years all that's broken on our S60 are two light bulbs (rear position lights).
      • 6 Years Ago
      NO!!!!!!!!!!!1
      This means they're KILLING the S40!

      I loved that thing...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Someone care to explain why a Volvo sedan is out-sexing the Porsche take on the layout?
        • 6 Years Ago
        You can only redesign the beetle in so many ways... Porsche have had just that ugly insect design to work with since the companies inception... interestingly, they are one of the most profitable car companies in the world, and even I have bought a few of their products.

        On the Volvo S60 issue; if this car looks half as good as this when it gets to production, I might just buy one for my better half.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Porsche doesn't have a design department. They have a 'Slight Updates/Facelift' department. So the D&E Centre is called the 'SU/F&E Centre'
        • 6 Years Ago
        Because Porsche's design department has been on lunch break for the past 10 years.
      • 6 Years Ago
      the s60 is shrinking in size i should say
      • 6 Years Ago
      Someone care to explain why a Volvo sedan is out-sexing the Porsche take on the layout?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Zamafir, the handling is an excuse for the looks?

        Thats desperate!
        • 6 Years Ago
        methinks Volvo hired some Maserati designers.

        and the people declared it all gooood
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