Volvo will debut its new 2011 S60 model at the Geneva Auto Show this March, just over a year since the S60 concept first appeared at the Detroit Auto Show back in 2009 and a decade after the original S60 was introduced.
Like modern Volvo’s the car retains much of its swoopy style, with the Swedish automaker deciding to go the 4-door coupe route with this new model. And like most modern cars it has grown in size. The new model is now 1-inch longer and 2-inches wider, with a 2.3-inch longer wheelbase and 1-inch wider track u front (1.7-inch wider rear track).
Under the hood is Volvo’s T6 turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine with 300-hp and 325 ft-lbs of torque, delivering a 0-60 mph time of 6.2 seconds. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, as is AWD on T6 models. A T5 engine is also expected to be offered after launch with around 227-hp.
In the U.S. Volvo will offer the S60 standard with its “Dynamic” chassis, rather then the “Comfort” setting which will be standard in other markets, with the Dynamic model using stiffer subframe dampers.
Other highlights include Advanced Stability Control with a roll angle sensor to predict skidding earlier so the Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC) can work earlier to deliver improved handling and accident avoidance. There’s also Corner Traction Control, which works like an electronic LSD to brake the inside wheel in a corner to eliminate wheel slip and the resultant understeer.
And of course, the 2011 S60 comes with Volvo’s Pedestrian Detection system with full auto brake, to detect objects taller than 31 inches and bring the vehicle completely to a stop (at speeds below 22 mph) if warning signs are ignored.
AutoGuide will bring you more on the 2011 Volvo S60 at the car’s official debut at the Geneva Auto Show on March 2nd.
GALLERY: 2011 Volvo S60
[Source: InsideLine and Volvo]
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