T5 Platinum 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan
2015 Volvo S60

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Engine Engine 2.5LI-5
MPG MPG 20 City / 29 Hwy
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2015 S60 Overview

The Swedes Bend Sixes And Fives Into Fours With government agency pressures mounting, the auto industry's latest engine and powertrain trends invariably include the cobbling of heretofore eight-cylinder models into charged (either turbo- or super-) six-cylinder models, six-cylinders into charged four-cylinders and so on. And then there's the mating of these downsized engines to fuel-saving automatic transmissions with ratio counts previously reserved for bicycles and semi trucks. Volvo can at last follow suit with the best of Germany and Japan thanks in great part to an $11-billion multi-year investment by its Chinese owners, Geely. After we survived the recent Frankfurt Motor Show marathon of news and reveals (chief among said bits being the stunning Volvo Concept Coupe), we were escorted by the Swedish automaker to the far less frenetic air of southern France to explore the most significant step yet in the company's new life. Volvo's entire movement of new tech is referred to as Drive-E, and it includes these all-new four-cylinder engines we just tested, a new modular architecture called Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) that will first be found under the next-generation XC90, along with a host of other onboard advancements. Think of it as a Scandinavian version of Mazda Skyactiv, a total-systems approach to developing more efficient yet more sporting new models. What's a Swedish company without a little awkwardness? Delivery for the first Drive-E powertrains in the "60 cars" (i.e. S60, XC60 and V60) will happen shortly after January's 2014 Detroit Auto Show. It'll be a challenge of sorts, because Drive-E 60 models will initially be available only with front-wheel drive, while the engine trims they are meant to replace will temporarily continue in all-wheel-drive versions. Volvo North America tells us that by the end of next month (in time for the Los Angeles Auto Show), they should finally have the pricing strategy worked out for how to sell this challenging interim range as they wait for an all Drive-E lineup to go on sale over the next two years. We anticipate a little awkwardness in the sales figures and marketing during that time, but then again, what's a Swedish company without a little awkwardness? Patience and passionate Chinese support should win the day – at least we hope so – because the company's new Drive-E direction is a very wise one. Globally, Volvo passenger cars have lost whatever perceived advantages they once possessed over their primarily German and Japanese rivals, and the big Drive-E push could bring the Swedes right up to speed in every significant stat that shoppers pay attention to when seeking nimble and efficient premium wheels. It weighs 150 pounds less – most of it in the nose. We spent the lion's share of our drive time in this front-wheel-drive 2015 S60 T6, looking beautiful in silky blue with light cream interior. More to the point, our test car was equipped with Volvo's most entertaining Sport chassis setup riding atop standard 19-inch wheels and Bridgestone Potenzas sized 235/40R19 96W fore and aft. That's …
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2015 S60 Overview

The Swedes Bend Sixes And Fives Into Fours With government agency pressures mounting, the auto industry's latest engine and powertrain trends invariably include the cobbling of heretofore eight-cylinder models into charged (either turbo- or super-) six-cylinder models, six-cylinders into charged four-cylinders and so on. And then there's the mating of these downsized engines to fuel-saving automatic transmissions with ratio counts previously reserved for bicycles and semi trucks. Volvo can at last follow suit with the best of Germany and Japan thanks in great part to an $11-billion multi-year investment by its Chinese owners, Geely. After we survived the recent Frankfurt Motor Show marathon of news and reveals (chief among said bits being the stunning Volvo Concept Coupe), we were escorted by the Swedish automaker to the far less frenetic air of southern France to explore the most significant step yet in the company's new life. Volvo's entire movement of new tech is referred to as Drive-E, and it includes these all-new four-cylinder engines we just tested, a new modular architecture called Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) that will first be found under the next-generation XC90, along with a host of other onboard advancements. Think of it as a Scandinavian version of Mazda Skyactiv, a total-systems approach to developing more efficient yet more sporting new models. What's a Swedish company without a little awkwardness? Delivery for the first Drive-E powertrains in the "60 cars" (i.e. S60, XC60 and V60) will happen shortly after January's 2014 Detroit Auto Show. It'll be a challenge of sorts, because Drive-E 60 models will initially be available only with front-wheel drive, while the engine trims they are meant to replace will temporarily continue in all-wheel-drive versions. Volvo North America tells us that by the end of next month (in time for the Los Angeles Auto Show), they should finally have the pricing strategy worked out for how to sell this challenging interim range as they wait for an all Drive-E lineup to go on sale over the next two years. We anticipate a little awkwardness in the sales figures and marketing during that time, but then again, what's a Swedish company without a little awkwardness? Patience and passionate Chinese support should win the day – at least we hope so – because the company's new Drive-E direction is a very wise one. Globally, Volvo passenger cars have lost whatever perceived advantages they once possessed over their primarily German and Japanese rivals, and the big Drive-E push could bring the Swedes right up to speed in every significant stat that shoppers pay attention to when seeking nimble and efficient premium wheels. It weighs 150 pounds less – most of it in the nose. We spent the lion's share of our drive time in this front-wheel-drive 2015 S60 T6, looking beautiful in silky blue with light cream interior. More to the point, our test car was equipped with Volvo's most entertaining Sport chassis setup riding atop standard 19-inch wheels and Bridgestone Potenzas sized 235/40R19 96W fore and aft. That's …Hide Full Review