New Volvo S60 sedan will not have a diesel engine option

Lloyd Doyle
May 16, 2018

Volvo is set to ditch diesel by never launching another new vehicle with a diesel engine.

The revamped mid-size S60 sedan, to be unveiled in the next few weeks, will become Volvo's first model not featuring a diesel option, the Gothenburg, Sweden-based company said Wednesday in a statement. Even the XC40 and the recently launched V60 estate have D3 and D4 variants in their respective line-ups.

Hakan Samuelsson explains that the future of Volvo "is electric and we will no longer develop a new generation of diesel engines". Mild hybrid options will debut next year.

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. "The new S60 represents the next step in that commitment".

Volvo made headlines past year by announcing all new cars from 2019 will feature some form of hybridisation or electrification.

Although diesels now emit more Carbon dioxide per kilometer than their petrol counterparts, Samuelson said hybridisation will help match figures achieved by diesels. Still, as 48-volt hybrids can only lower fuel consumption and Carbon dioxide emissions by 5 to 10 percent, and the Twin Engine variants are reserved for those who have a fairly big budget, the HEV models might be the most viable alternative for long-distance drivers. While Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. earlier chose to phase out diesel choices altogether amid declining demand, diesel sales made up 70 percent for Volvo in Europe previous year.

In August a year ago the Geely-owned Swedish auto manufacturer publicised its target of selling one million electrified vehicles, stating that all of its new products will include an element of EV technology from 2019.

Volvo has cited the mounting complication and costs of emissions regulation standards for a decision to ditch diesel form all future products as it moves towards an EV future.

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