The luxury mid-size sedan segment in India has always had a few persistent players running the show. As you can imagine, most of them are German, and they do not believe in backing down. Among that feisty bunch, Swedish carmaker Volvo has been doing its utmost to try and attract prospective Indian buyers to its showrooms. Unfortunately, things haven’t been going all that well for the Swedes. You see, when a brand is colloquially known for offering some fantastic luxury buses, it might be challenging to get people to buy your expensive luxury car. However, the upcoming 2021 S60 might be one of the ways to change this ridiculous perception. Of course, the excellent XC40 crossover has already been influencing more and more buyers towards the brand for some time now.
According to recent reports, it seems like the 2021 Volvo S60 will be reaching India very soon. Meanwhile, official bookings are supposedly going to commence in January. Pinned on the same Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform as its S90 flagship sibling, the new S60 is primed to perform better on all tangible factors. Of course, these include aspects such as cabin comfort and space, ride quality, and handling characteristics. Then again, if driving dynamics are what you yearn for, then cars like the BMW 3-Series or Jaguar XE should be where your focus should be at. However, if you want a blend of comfort, sharp styling, and good technology, this S60 gets more interesting.
The 2021 S60 comes with Volvo’s famous Thor’s Hammer-style LED daytime running lights in the headlamps. Of course, he was a Norse god, after all. And Volvo is a Swedish marque. That aside, the new S60 has had a few changes made to its exterior to make it slightly more exciting. The front fascia now looks more interesting, especially thanks to the revised bumper and the more detailed grille inserts.
Along the sides, there are now bolder styling cues on the sheet metal. One can also expect a newer design for the alloy wheels with this mid-cycle update. At the back of the new S60 are a set of new tail lamps, which now feature a swanky C-shape for their primary elements. However, the rest of this sedan chugs along sans much alteration.
The interior of modern-day Volvo cars looks pretty sublime and luxurious. In the case of the 2021 S60, you are certain not to feel short-changed. The seats are absolutely fantastic, offering plenty of cushioning without sacrificing posture management. Most of the controls, switchgear, and surfaces in this interior feel upscale and well-made.
On the other hand, if you were to compare this cabin with that of a BMW 3-Series, you will find a few differences. Whereas the Bimmer’s interior feels more consistent when it comes to quality, this Volvo isn’t on the same page. I am nitpicking here, of course. Overall, the new S60 will make most people feel well-cocooned and comfortable more often than not.
And it is not like Volvo is cheaping out on onboard features and technology in the new S60. The highlight in the cabin is the large, vertically-oriented touchscreen infotainment head unit. The 9-inch screen is pretty legible even on bright days and comes as standard with Volvo’s Sensus Connect system. This ropes in other modern yet mandatory connectivity features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, plus a 4G internet hotspot. To keep your auditory and visual senses happy, the 2021 Volvo S60 also gets a dual-tone interior with LED ambient lighting, a Bowers & Wilkins premium audio system, fancy air vents for the quad-zone climate control system, a panoramic sunroof, and a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display.
The 2021 Volvo S60 comes with a four-cylinder petrol engine in its T4 version, making approximately 187hp and 300Nm of torque. An 8-speed automatic slushbox slots in the gears without much drama, while the driven wheels remain are at the front. When it arrives in India at the beginning of 2021, the Volvo S60 will likely cost around Rs 45 lakh (ex-showroom). Apart from the pre-existing rivals in the segment, the S60 will soon be joined by the upcoming Audi A4 as well.