An early look at the new face of the Volvo S80 has made its way to the web. The Chinese site Auto Sina spotted a revised version of the country's S80L out in public and in plain view. Not too long ago, Doug Speck, the global head of marketing and sales for Volvo, said designers were working on a mild facelift for the S60 and S80, and while it is possible the Swedish manufacturer will roll out a different front fascia for the US market, the move seems unlikely.

The S80L seen here boats a tweaked grille and a Passat-inspired lower valance. New wheels and side-view mirrors also appear to be part of the update, as does a modified rear bumper and exhaust outlets. Volvo is set to debut the facelifed S80 next year, and while the manufacturer hasn't delivered an exact time frame, good money is on the vehicle showing up at the Detroit Auto Show in January or the Geneva Motor Show in March. Stay tuned for more information.


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      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      I genuinely do appreciate the S80, I just hate how Volvo takes so long to update their cars and now they're way past stale. This is another Volvo in desperate need of a redesign.
      Ken
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't care that Volvo is owned by a Chinese firm, but I really don't trust this brand anymore. I think Tata is doing a good job with their new purchases (Jag/Land Rover), but not sure I trust what Geely will do with the brand.
      Sir Duke
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sure does remind me of a 1997 Camry, minus the Volvo logo of course.
      NightFlight
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let's just hope that it is a Chinese market special, and won't be for any other countries. Definitely a step backwards.
      XJ Yamaha
      • 2 Years Ago
      This looks like the product of 1998.
        Stang70Fastback
        • 2 Years Ago
        @XJ Yamaha
        Not going to lie, I thought the same thing. This design is dated. Classy, but dated. If they think they can pull an Aston Martin with this styling, they are sorely mistaken.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Peter S.
        • 2 Years Ago
        No harm done, since you're not their target demographic anyways...
        blasds78
        • 2 Years Ago
        If you actually do own one or both of the vehicles you named, Volvo (any Volvo) was likely never on your list of potential purchases. Your comment is irrelevant...and probably complete fiction (except for the part about the pictured car being boring).
        XJ Yamaha
        • 2 Years Ago
        You mean to tell us you aren't cross shopping a Volvo with a GMC pickup?! Well I never.....
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        You aren't even old enough to drive. Congrats, you have two crappy vehicles. I'd still take ONE S80 T6 over both of them.
      ChaosphereIX
      • 2 Years Ago
      not good, looks even more bland than the last generation
      BombSquad
      • 2 Years Ago
      They're clearly trying to tone down the outlandish styling of the previous gen to reach a broader market. The damn thing looked like a race car, when I just wanted a car-shaped cocoon of airbags and high strength steel which I could meander down the road, towards no destination in particular.
      Scooter
      • 2 Years Ago
      VW called, they want their bland grille back.
      chrono00
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like a Volvo mated with a Jetta for some reason.
      peaceinmiddleeast
      • 2 Years Ago
      I forgot this was still on sale. I really feel sorry for volvo.
      Xi Gua
      • 2 Years Ago
      The sooner Volvo can ditch Ford platforms, the sooner it can update its models. 2014 can't get here soon enough yikes.
        XJ Yamaha
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Xi Gua
        Ford uses updated Volvo platforms for a number of its vehicles, not the other way around...
        Hazdaz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Xi Gua
        LOL Ditch Ford's platform and what, use "advanced" platforms developed with China's help? Get real. Ford is the best thing to ever happen to Volvo. If not for Ford's monetary injection, they would be as dead as SAAB. In fact Ford spent too much money looking after its old foreign divisions and not enough on its domestic brands.
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