The 2021 Volvo S60 is heading to India and will have its official reveal later this month. To be more precise, later this week. If you didn’t know, the Volvo S60 rivals the likes of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Jaguar XE, and BMW 3-Series. Built on the Swedish automaker’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, the new S60 will be its best ever as it gears-up to take on its German counterparts. In India, the upcoming Volvo S60 may probably be only offered in one trim level, unlike its rivals. Then again, this does not come as a surprise as the Swedish brand’s cars sold in India don’t have the same range as their German rivals.
The 2021 S60 will mostly be offered with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine in terms of its mechanical might. The unit is rated at 187hp and around 300Nm of torque in its T4 avatar and comes married to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. Internationally, the new Volvo S60 comes with a variety of engine & gearbox combinations – both petrol and diesel. There is also a hybrid variant for those who want punchy performance as well as better efficiency. And while all variants of the S60 come standard with an 8-speed automatic gearbox, their power output varies between 163hp to 250hp. The petrol-powered S60 can achieve the best 0-100 kmph time of 6.5 seconds for the highest-output variant as for acceleration figures.
The 2021 Volvo S60’s design has been tweaked a little to make it look sportier and more contemporary on the outside. The front-end comes with sleeker headlamps with the brand’s well-liked Thor’s Hammer-like LED daytime-running elements.
Then there is the slightly revised front grille and bumper, a sportier side profile with sharper creases and ridges, and more stylish C-shaped taillights at the back with swankier LED running lights. On the whole, this new model isn’t too different from the one it replaces, at least visually. However, the minor differences do become more noticeable as you step closer.
On the inside, the latest iteration of the Volvo S60 is all but identical to its precursor. However, that isn’t a negative trait as such. The S60’s cabin has always exuded a sense of modernity and minimalism, which most of its rivals lack. While at the same time, this interior space is thoughtfully laid out and is pretty well-built, too.
Most of the materials in here feel positively upmarket and are well put-together. There are some shiny bits about the place to make it seem more special, with the leather-upholstered seats being one of the best in the car industry. They are more than comfortable and supportive, and even the rear ones are suitably cushy.
Meanwhile, the large and portrait-style touchscreen infotainment display is well kitted-out and is easy to use. Of course, similar systems in BMW and Mercedes are even better and quicker as well. Despite that, Volvo’s infotainment unit is large enough to use even while you are on the move. It further comes with the brand’s Sensus Connect package, which also adds Android Auto & Apple CarPlay.
Volvo cars have always been known for their fantastic safety standards, and this new S60 is no different. It has a perfect 5-star Euro NCAP crash-safety rating. As standard, the internationally-available Volvo S60 comes with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Corner Traction Control (CTC) with Dynamic Torque Vectoring (DTV), Driver Alert Control (DAC), Cross-Traffic Alert (CTA), Hill Start Assist (HSA), plus a plethora of airbags all around.
Upon launch in India, the 2021 Volvo S60 will likely only be sold in one variant – the R-Design T4. Of course, those specs could change at any time. The new iteration should start at around Rs 45 lakh (ex-showroom) for its starting price. While this Volvo sedan is pretty pricey, its fabulous safety reputation, gorgeous interior, and exterior styling truly sets it apart from its German counterparts. Also, if you want to stand out when you arrive for your next board meeting or something, you should use a jetpack.