Volvo S60 to start at $36,795, subscription details revealed

Marco Green
June 21, 2018

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

The 2019 Volvo S60 will be built here in a new 2.3-million square-foot facility, employing approximately 1,500 by the end of this year, for domestic North American and export markets. It's bang up to date, and will definitely appeal against the myriad of identical-looking BMW 3-series', Merc C-classes and Audi A4s on the road.

Volvo revealed the new compact exec saloon at its new factory in Charleston, South Carolina and confirmed that the S60 is the first Volvo vehicle to be built in the States.

"The sedan segment and the SPA platform's proven ability to boost profitability offer significant growth opportunities for Volvo in the US and globally", Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson said in a release.

Volvo mentioned that the key markets for the all-new S60 will be the U.S. and China. The new 2019 S60 sports styling cribbed from the larger S90, including prominent "Thor's hammer" headlights up front and an upright grille. The R-Design with the same engine is $42,895, while the T5 Inscription costs $43,895.

Is the interior the same, too?

It also means you'll be able to get more luggage into the boot than before, although the V60 is outclassed in this regard by its German competition. The Sensus Connect system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Anything special about the engines specs?

To compensate, the S60 will arrive in the United Kingdom with four turbocharged petrol engine options, two of which will be augmented with plug-in hybrid systems. A second PHEV- a T6 Twin Engine - is expected to come later in the car's life cycle.

That's because the new Volvo S60 will not be sold with any diesel engines, not necessarily an issue for the evo-inclined, but a problem when appealing to the company vehicle buyers who make up a big percentage of compact exec sales.

Like the 60 series and 90 series cars, the all-new Volvo S60 also features the same Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform.

Henrik Green, senior vice president for research and development at Volvo Cars, added that "the active chassis and drive modes deliver excellent control and an engaged performance that makes this a driver's car".

That unit will also be offered with a plug-in hybrid option.

As for how well the new S60 will drive, this is what R&D exec Henrik Green had to say: "The active chassis and drive modes deliver excellent control and an engaged performance that makes this a driver's vehicle".

Buyers will be able to choose between two turbocharged and supercharged plug-in hybrid petrol engines.

The new S60 will be available to order and subscribe today.

Anyway, what's special about that black one?

If you want more power you can have your T8 breathed on by Volvo's performance arm Polestar. Flagship spot will be occupied by the 2019 S60 Polestar Engineered trim, which will massage 415 horsepower from the auto in addition to upgrading the wheels, brakes, suspension, and engine control unit, and adding new interior and exterior trim.

When can I get one?

Both the T8 R-Design and T8 Momentum are priced at $55,395.

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