Volvo unveils its first American-made auto at new SC factory

Lloyd Doyle
June 21, 2018

The new Volvo S60, a sports saloon created to rival the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4, has been unveiled in Charleston, South Carolina - and company bosses have promised the machine will be a "true driver's car". The new facility will eventually build the XC90 crossover and will produce up to 150,000 cars each year.

Volvo has taken the wraps off the 2019 S60 sedan, the latest model in the Swedish automaker's route to reinvention, and its first to be manufactured in the US.

The new S60 shares Volvo Cars' own Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, safety technology and infotainment system with the new V60 premium mid-size estate, launched earlier this year, as well as the top-of-the-line 90 Series cars and award-winning XC60, all of which have achieved industry-leading safety ratings. Well, the automaker says two turbocharged and supercharged plug-in hybrid petrol engines will be available: its T6 Twin Engine AWD plug-in hybrid that generates a combined 254 kW and the T8 Twin Engine AWD plug-in hybrid that delivers 298 kW (both is U.S. spec, anyway). There is also the T6 supercharged all-wheel-drive unit with 310hp, which will come with with a plug-in hybrid option. If that's not enough for you, there will be a Polestar Engineered upgrade that adds 15 horsepower and beefs up the suspension and brakes.

Prices start at $36,795 in base configuration for a T5 Momentum version and can run up past $56,000 for a T8 plug-in hybrid in the spendy Inscription trim.

For the S60, Volvo would also deploy two plug-in hybrid drivetrains, T6 and T8.

Volvo says sign-ups for subscription versions will be available immediately, but didn't say when those cars would be available.

In a first for the segment, customers can access the new S60 via Volvo Cars' new premium subscription service Care by Volvo, which offers vehicle access with no down payment via a monthly flat-fee subscription rather than ownership. At least, according to our eyes.

Also like the V60 before it, the S60 has deep scallops and a low crease along the body sides that visually lowers the car's weight, and rises toward a taller tail.

The S60 is 4761mm long, 2040mm wide (including mirrors) and 1431mm high, with a wheelbase of 2872mm.

At first glance, the S60 doesn't look all that different from the big-boy S90 sedan.

Volvo didn't detail the S60's dimensions, but it should largely follow the V60 with two additional inches of rear leg room, and ride atop a base with roughly 113 inches between the wheels. Optional is Volvo's Pilot Assist program that can help keep the S60 in its lane during highway driving with limited hands-off driving time, or guide the auto through stop-and-go city traffic on cramped interstates.

Volvo Cars' Sensus Connect infotainment system is fully compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and 4G, and keeps drivers connected at all times. The all-new S60 also comes with Run-off Road Mitigation, Oncoming Lane Mitigation and the optional Cross Traffic Alert with autobrake.

Volvo says the S60 will be available to order through Care By Volvo immediately, and dealers should start stocking the sedan sometime after September.

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