Gen Volvo S60 Will Not Come With A Diesel Engine

Gen Volvo S60 Will Not Come With A Diesel Engine

"The new S60 represents the next step in that commitment", he has said.

Back in February Volvo Cars CEO Håkan Samuelsson confirmed the company has stopped allocating capital to the development of new internal combustion engines, both diesel and gasoline.

However, it has now confirmed the new S60 will be the first modern Volvo without a diesel engine.

Samuelsson told the FT: "We're not saying diesel is more dirty, but it's more complicated and more expensive". Kicking-off the move, the firm's new Volvo S60 saloon will be available with petrol and petrol hybrid power only.

Toyota has removed diesel from all of its cars, only now offering diesel versions of the Hilux pick-up truck, while Fiat Chrysler is expected to keep diesel options in just some of its largest vehicles, classing them as light commercial vehicles rather than cars. Volvo is aiming for 50 per cent of its vehicle sales to be made up of electric models by 2025. Mild hybrid options will debut next year.


Speaking to the FT, Hakan said the only advantage diesels now have for drivers is better fuel economy, but "you can get that back with a mild-hybrid engine".

The new S60 will be based on Volvo's in-house developed SPA platform, which also underpins the company's new 90 Series and 60 Series cars.

As for the auto itself, the new-gen Volvo S60 sedan is based on the company's versatile Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), which now also underpins SUV and Estate cousins - the new XC60 and V60.

Production of the new S60 will start this fall at Volvo Cars' brand new manufacturing facility outside Charleston, South Carolina. Mercedes has reveaed that its facelifted C-Class will get a diesel-electric hybrid option, badged C 300 de, while Kia announced recently that its Sportage is to be offered with 48V diesel-electric technology.

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