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.
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[Source: Kilometer Magazine]