2019 Volvo S60 abandons diesel

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The Volvo S60 will be the first model from the company in many generations to not feature a diesel engine option.

Production of the new S60 begins in the northern autumn at the company’s new factory in Charleston, South Carolina. Volvo says its new American plant will be the sole manufacturing point for the new S60.

Riding on Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture, the new S60 will share a lot in common with the recently unveiled V60 wagon.

When it goes on sale, the S60 will only be available with versions of Volvo’s 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, including two plug-in hybrid variants.

We suspect, although it hasn’t be confirmed, the S60 will share the V60’s petrol engine options. These include the supercharged and turbocharged 228kW/400Nm T6, 251kW/590Nm T6 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid, and 288kW/640Nm T8 plug-in hybrid.

Mild-hybrid drivetrains will be offered from 2019.

Above: Volvo V60. Top: Leaked photo of the new S60.

“Our future is electric and we will no longer develop a new generation of diesel engines,” Håkan Samuelsson, Volvo Cars’ CEO, said in a prepared statement.

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