• Oct 13, 2010
2011 Volvo S60 T6 AWD – Click above for high-res image gallery

It seems that the Volvo S60 is set to get a wee bit less naughty for the 2012 model year as the Swedish automaker rolls out a base model for the American market. Sure, we've sampled the 2011 edition and were mostly impressed by the safety-first company's latest effort, but so far, only the range-topping S60 T6 model with all-wheel drive (shown above) has been available.

While Volvo has yet to offer up all the details of what's in store for 2012, a document from the Volvo Overseas Delivery program managed to make its way online, and it leads us to believe that the base engine for the S60 will indeed be a turbocharged five-cylinder as before. The good news is that the workhorse mill, otherwise known as the T5, has been upgraded a bit for its new duty, reportedly putting out 250 horses rather than the 227 currently on offer.

In related news, the same documentation indicates that the cost for a new S60 using Volvo's overseas delivery program will be $29,880. Expect the U.S. MSRP to be somewhat (though not substantially) higher. In addition to the T5 engine, that will net you a front-wheel drive S60 without the T6's Dynamic Chassis, speed-sensitive steering or leather seats (Volvo's T-Tec upholstery will be standard). Want to know more? Hit up the Kilometer to see the full leaked document.



Photos copyright ©2010 Chris Paukert / AOL
[Source: Kilometer Magazine]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      "The good news is that the workhorse mill, otherwise known as the T5, has been upgraded a bit for its new duty, reportedly putting out 250 horses rather than the 227 currently on offer."

      The outgoing S60 T5 model had a turbocharged 2.4L I5 that put out 257 hp and 258 lb-ft. The 227 hp you are quoting is the turbocharged 2.5L I5 from the T5 model of the C30/S40/V50/C70, which was an upgraded version of the engine in the old S60's base 2.5T trim.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's apparently an upgraded version of the T5 engine in C30 with a high pressure turbo, new engine block, upgraded pistons and connecting rods - 250 hp and 266 lb-ft with overboost to 295 lb-ft.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This new trend of releasing a new model with carryover engines then replacing the engines a year later is a bad one. There have to be more than a few angry 2010 Mustang owners right now, and Volvo doesn't have the sales volume to go around angering their base.
        • 4 Years Ago
        i'm guessing volvo isn't going to replace the updated T5 engine the very next year. Ford did almost nothing to upgrade the 2010 engines over the 2005-09 versions. I'm guessing this will be more like Ford's solution with the Duratec 30 PIP, where they left it around on the Fusion with more power until the 2.0 EB could be produced in sufficient numbers.

        If the T5 is the new *base* model engine, then what is mid-range? The 3.2 I6 makes less than 250hp, and the 2.0 GTDI makes anywhere from 205-240 hp, I think Volvo is also putting a 1.6L GTDI in some European models. I am getting the impression that the reason for the T5 engine going into the S60 is the S40 is in its final year.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I had the T-Tec in my S40 T5. It was hard to find one without leather, but I loved it. The material grips like neoprene, cleaned up like vinyl, and breathed as well as regular cloth. Plus, the contrasting white stitching on the charcoal T-tec looked sportier. That said, in the S60's market standard leather may be a better marketing tool.

      A 30k start feels like the right price point for the S60, especially as cars like the Regal and Optima creep into entry lux territory packing big turbo power. The case for more expensive FWD platforms gets harder.

        • 4 Years Ago
        See: http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/do-80-percent-of-bmw-1-series-drivers-really-think-their-cars-is-fwd/ I recall an expression that went something like "80% of all statistics are made up on the spot."

        And, even if some buyers don't know what wheels drive their cars, something must be going on during the test drives to point them into the 1-series. It's not the value proposition or the cushy seats.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "And, even if some buyers don't know what wheels drive their cars, something must be going on during the test drives to point them into the 1-series. It's not the value proposition or the cushy seats"

        It's the badge on the hood. If Pontiac had come out with the 1 series it would've been widely panned as the ugliest, least attractive car on the planet (except by car enthusiasts---maybe)

        the only reason Volvo needs a RWD is so that it can be mentioned in the same breath as the Germans.. and once it starts being associated with high class all the brand whores will buy one.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "I recall an expression that went something like 80% of all statistics are made up on the spot.'"

        Since that itself is a statistic, by your logic, it's probably made up. :)

        k.w.a is right. Premium car purchases, like other luxury goods, are primarily driven by emotional reasons (exclusivity, status, etc.) associated with brand. Performance weighs heavily in the decisions of true performance enthusiasts, but they are a small minority. The problem with SOME performance enthusiasts is that they cannot accept this. They see the market either as clones of themselves, or as the unsophisticated masses who are to be despised .... those people who are only interested in going from point A to B.
        • 4 Years Ago
        FWD versus RWD is a great preoccupation of performance enthusiasts, but the target audience for these cars are generally indifferent. Do you recall the news report that 80% of BMW 1 Series owners thought their cars were FWD ,,, a car from the company that brands itself as the Ultimate Driving Machine?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Or perhaps some self proclaimed "true performance enthusiasts" just want to believe no one else can appreciate driving dynamics outside their club. In reality, every purchase we make is the result of numerous forces: need, value, product quality, lifestyle perception, performance, etc. There's no black and white anymore, whether we're talking cars or bottled water.

        If someone wants a car for status, the 1-series is a lousy choice. That car carries a serious premium for a subcompact and does not look the luxury part. I could buy your argument for cars like the X-type, Chrysler TC by Maserati, Caterra, or older Lexus ES iterations, all mediocre cars with aspirational labels. But all of the entry luxury cars sold today stand on their own merits. One could make a decent case for even the long in tooth enty-luxury choices - IS250, MKZ, A3 - that is not just about a prestigious label.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love how stylish Volvos are now. Both inside and out. It's too bad I don't see more of them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What's with the "Swedish cars being shot in front of piles of wood" trend going on lately?
        • 4 Years Ago
        We're using subliminal messages to make you buy our wood.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now this I like!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good idea!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why don't they just use the 240hp inline 6 as the base engine?
      • 4 Years Ago
      T-Tec upholstery for substantially more then 29k. The similar (in concept AND appearance) Buick Regal has leather @ 26k for the 4 cyl and 29k for the turbo.

      I don't think the blonde wood is worth the extra dollars. . . .
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it deja vu all over again, or is this the 5th time you posted these same Volvo pics?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Honda civic-ish back end and steering wheel.......pass
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think this is a step backward in design. It's a hot mess inside and out.
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