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 |  Mar 02 2010, 12:33 PM

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Volvo unveiled its new S60 at the Geneva Auto Show, trumpeting one of its biggest features: a pedestrian detection system.

An evolution of Volvo’s automatic braking technology, pedestrian detection system uses radar and camera technology to sense when a pedestrian is about to step in front of the vehicle. If the S60 is traveling at less than 35 km/h (21.7 mph)  when it senses a pedestrian ahead, the system lights a signal to alert the driver. If the driver does not see the signal fast enough, the system will apply the brakes and bring the car to a halt. At speeds over 35 km/h, the automatic brakes will still kick in, slowing the S60 down to reduce the speed of impact.

Automatic braking isn’t the Volvo S60′s only impressive bit of technology. Under the hood, the S60 comes with two gasoline engine configurations: a 304 hp turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine or a four-cylinder turbo engine rated at 203 hp. The S60 also has two turbo diesel engine options, a 205 hp five-cylinder engine and a 163 hp three-cylinder.

Volvo is targeting car enthusiasts with the S60, calling it and the XC60 Volvo’s sportiest vehicles. Volvo also says a sportswagon S60 will be introduced later this year.

Gallery: Volvo S60

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 |  Feb 09 2010, 1:48 PM

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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

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[Source: InsideLine and Volvo]

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