Volvo XC60 prototype caught testingNeither the Volvo S60 nor the Volvo XC60 are that old, but the Swedish automaker is wasting no time ensuring that two of its most popular products don't get stagnant on the market, a fate that has befallen some of the other products it offers.

Even though these two models helped usher in a new styling direction for Volvo not too long ago, the modest facelifts on tap for both looks like they will bring both products closer to the styling of the handsome overseas V40 hatchback.

Aside from the pointier front end, the XC60 crossover is also getting a revised rear fascia that now includes integrated dual exhaust outlets. The shots of the S60 show us that the sedan's interior will be getting minor tweaks as well, including reshaped front seats and a new shift lever.


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      SideWayz8
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think the S60 is a underrated vehicle that doesn't get much attention in the premium midsize department. That's just my opinion.
        Alex740
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SideWayz8
        Your opinion and the opinion of the majority of reviews I've read on the S60. Volvo is clawing back from the edge, they keep putting out products like this and people will begin to take notice again.
        Lankysean
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SideWayz8
        Agreed, I was looking to trade my Acura TL in for one but the S60 gets expensive once you start adding in option packages.
      British_Rover
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just bring over the damn V40/XC40 so we can maintain some sales momentum over the next two years and not be treading water. http://britishrover.wordpress.com/2012/11/05/volvo-v40-brint-it-the-us-proposal/
        Alex740
        • 1 Year Ago
        @British_Rover
        agreed but I just read that it was never intended for the US and would need a lot of work to be ready for the US market. On the bright note it sounds like we may actually get the V60! http://rumors.automobilemag.com/detroit-2013-volvo-aims-to-rival-bmw-mercedes-transition-underway-197011.html
      MikeInNC
      • 1 Year Ago
      For the love all that good in automobiles, would you please bring the V40 or V60 to the US PLEASE! Enough with the re-skins of the same products. I'm sure they will be nice but I want a different model. I dig the XC60 but when I compare it to say, an X1, you get a lot better gas mileage in the BMW. I know the XC60 is larger but it's the only thing comparable to the X1 that Volvo sells in the US. I had an S40 and it was brilliant. Drove it for 5 years without a single issue. I just want that same car with a hatch, a la, V40 or XC40. C'mon, stop torturing the Americans and send these models over!
        British_Rover
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MikeInNC
        Here here. They can bring the V40/XC40 to the US and they can make money doing it. The market is there for a car like this and Volvo customers are asking for smaller cars with higher gas mileage. I keep posting my essay about the V40 on Volvo's facebook page hoping someone will at least read it.
      libertedelacroix
      • 1 Year Ago
      Volvo, you have come a long way. Keep it up so that other Automakers are forced to move further and further ahead. Thee S60 is a seriously compelling product. I chose my Audi because of the driving dynamics, however if I was a typical consumer, the S60 would be my choice over 3 series, A4, C class, etc.
      neilyadig
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bring back the V70!!
        nettsu
        • 1 Year Ago
        @neilyadig
        The V70/XC70 haven't gone anywhere... It received minor tweaks here in Australia for 2013
      ZOZ
      • 1 Year Ago
      What about S80/XC90? Come on Volvo!
      Joe
      • 1 Year Ago
      The 5 cylinder turbo has to go. Had the misfortune of sampling one in the last generation S60 in a loaner I had, and unless there were improvements made to the current generation that was one of the worst engines I ever had the misfortune to experience in traffic. In particular the turbo lag, it went like this, I hit the gas a little bit to move the car with the flow of traffic (slow moving stop and go) and it moves too slow because the turbo hasn't spooled, so i prod it a little more and it's like a light switch, the turbo hit and the car instantly went from crawling to hauling, and then I had to slam on the brakes because the car was going to hit the one in front of it, each time the turbo kicked my neck would snap back, and every time I slammed on the brakes my head would lurch forward. I had a roaring headache afterward. Cars advertising themselves as premium should be relaxing in traffic, not headache inducing because of their poor turbo setup.
        British_Rover
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Joe
        Ehh I am gonna go with a bit of driver error and most likely a loaner car that has the adaptive shift tech all screwed up in it. Too many people driving it for too short of a time. If you had driven it for a few days it would changed the management of the engine and trans some. The old 2.5T had a very flat torque curve and did boost up fast but nothing like what you are describing. The six speed in the new S60s is also much smarter.
          nettsu
          • 1 Year Ago
          @British_Rover
          The old 5 speed autos can get a bit clunky. Mine has occasional weird downshift habits.
        mikeybyte1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Joe
        Volvo recently announced they were going to all 4cyl engines in their vehicles going forward. Hopefully they will be smooth ones.
          Joe
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mikeybyte1
          I know, I read that. I was more or less just saying in general they need to be smooth and cant behave like the car I drove.
        willr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Joe
        I've got that engine with a manual, it is a great engine with serious accolades.. I think that is down to the auto transmission/management mated with it.
          Joe
          • 1 Year Ago
          @willr
          That's probably it.
          Joe
          • 1 Year Ago
          @willr
          The manual transmission would allow much better control of the boost, as in because youre controling the shifting a simple prod of the gas wouldnt immediately send into the turbo boost, so I see your point. Maybe I was a bit harsh on the car, it drove fine elsewhere, just not in slow traffic.
      AngeloD
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sorry, but so long as the Communist thugs that run China are still in charge of Volvo I will skip anything having to do with the make.
        kwa
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AngeloD
        ..because nothing else you own is from China...
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      Alex740
      • 1 Year Ago
      my one gripe with the current S60 is the front end, a little too bulbous for my taste so I'm glad to see this.
      j2
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just want this S60 to be offered with a six-speed manual, I love the transmission in my Dad's 05 S60R. At the very least offer a base T5 a stick. Why do Europeans get all the best cars?
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