Volvo has unveiled the new generation of the S60 sedan. More precisely, the Swedish automaker has unveiled the first official pictures of their BMW 3-Series contender. The general styling of the production ready Volvo S60 is quite similar to the concept model that was presented at the Detroit Auto Show back in January, having the same curvy waistline and coupe like roofline as well as the distinct front end styling. The next generation Volvo S60 will make its world debut during the 2010 Geneva Auto Show while the sales and production will debut in the summer of the next year.
It is believed that the styling of the interior of the Volvo S60 will be inspired, in a smaller degree this time, by the cabin of the concept model, featuring a same shaped dashboard. Unfortunately, Volvo has yet to release any official photos with the interior of the Volvo S60 sedan.
The next generation Volvo S60 sedan is sized and designed to compete directly against models like the Audi A4 or the BMW 3-Series in the small executive sedan segment, contrary to its predecessor that was positioned between the BMW 3-Series and the BMW 5-Series. The 2011 Volvo S60 uses the same platform as other models like the Ford S-MAX / Ford Galaxy, the Ford Mondeo or the Volvo S80, which is a Ford EUCD platform. The 2011 Volvo S60 will be more driver orientated than its predecessor as Volvo promises, even if no technical details were disclosed.
Stephen Odell, President and CEO of Volvo cars, has stated that ``The all new Volvo S60 is sculpted to move you. It looks and drives like no other Volvo before and the car`s technology will help you to be safer and more confident behind the wheel``.
A very important new feature that will be available on the Volvo S60 sedan is the Pedestrian Detection system that can detect pedestrians in front of the car and brake automatically if the driver does not react in time. The next generation Volvo S60 will get its power from a large range of diesel and gasoline engines, including the new EcoBoost engine developed by Ford that has a capacity of 1.6 liters and has four cylinders along with turbocharging and direct injection having outputs from 150 to 180 horsepower.
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