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Despite reducing the number of models available to US consumers in recent years, notably the compact S40 sedan and V50 Wagon, Volvo has now decided to reverse the trend somewhat by adding a T5 all-wheel drive version to its S60 line.
The new model will slot in between the front-drive S60 T5 (which currently stickers for $32,175) and the S60 T6 AWD ($39,325). Apart from utilizing Volvo’s Haldex all-wheel drive system, the T5 AWD model is mechanically almost identical to its front-drive counterpart, meaning that it’ll be powered by the same 250 horsepower, 2.5-liter blown five-cylinder motor.
And although its announcement at the Detroit Auto Show wasn’t huge news, the T5 AWD should at least give Volvo a chance at competing against AWD models of Audi and BMW’s volume sellers, the A4 Quattro and 328i xDrive.
[Source: Car & Driver]
According to some leaked internal documents, the new Volvo V60 will come equipped with a 250-hp turbocharged 5-cylinder engine in base trim when it arrives at dealers here in North America in the Spring. When Volvo originally announced the new, second-gen S60 it only released info on the top-shelf AWD, 300-hp version.
No pricing for the entry-level front-drive S60 has been officially announced, but it’s expected to come in at around $32,000 – a fair chunk lower than the S60 T6 mode’s $38,550 MSRP.
Check out the complete list of standard equipment and option packages listed in the Volvo Overseas Deliver program below:
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