Volvo S60 India-bound in 2021 ACI exclusive

All-new Volvo S60 India launch in early 2021

14th Aug 2020 12:00 pm

The third-gen S60 sedan will be launched as a single variant with a petrol engine only.

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The all-new, third-generation Volvo S60 sedan will be launched in India in the first quarter (January to March) of 2021. Having made its global debut in June 2018, the luxury sedan was originally set to launch in late 2020.

  • New Volvo S60 launch in first quarter of 2021
  • Will be sold in one trim level with one engine option
  • Powered by 2.0-litre turbo-petrol unit, likely in 190hp guise

In a #LivewithAutocar session on Instagram, Charles Frump, managing director, Volvo Car India, confirmed that the new Volvo S60 will be launched in early 2021. “We were planning to launch it in Q4 2020 but that may now be pushed to Q1 2021,” he said. 

Volvo S60 engine details

Frump also confirmed that the new S60 will be a petrol-only model. “We’ll come in with one engine and one trim level. That engine will definitely be petrol,” he said.

The engine in question is a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder unit that’s available internationally in different states of tune. Power output ranges from 190hp for the front-wheel drive, turbo-petrol T4, all the way up to 390hp for the T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid model. The T8 combines a 303hp, supercharged and turbocharged petrol engine driving the front wheels with a 65kW electric motor powering the rear wheels. An 8-speed automatic gearbox is standard on all variants. Volvo is expected to offer the lower-powered S60 T4 version in India, using the same engine that powers the XC40 in India.

The only trim on offer is likely to be the range-topping R-Design which gets all the bells and whistles.

Volvo S60 platform and design

The previous-gen Volvo S60 sedan was based on an old Ford-derived platform and was on sale in India from 2011 until it was discontinued in July 2019. The new S60, meanwhile, is built on Volvo’s new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform and has received a 5-star safety rating from the Euro NCAP.

In terms of design, the S60 gets fresh styling that makes it look like a scaled-down version of Volvo’s larger S90 sedan. The Thor’s hammer headlights, the two-part front grille, the doors and front fender creased at the bottom, and the C-shaped tail-lights all give the S60 Volvo’s new signature look.

Volvo S60 rivals

The Volvo S60 rivals the likes of the BMW 3 Series, the Mercedes-Benz C-class, the Jaguar XE and the upcoming Audi A4. We’ve already driven the upcoming Volvo S60 overseas. Click here to read our full review of the sedan.

Following the launch of the S60, Volvo will introduce the all-electric XC40 Recharge in India a few months down the line.

Also see:

Volvo XC40 available with Rs 3 lakh discount

Volvo starts introducing 180kph speed limit in its cars

Volvo introduces a contactless car-buying programme

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