Volvo has spent the last few years giving its entire lineup a top to bottom overhaul, with today’s announcement of the new S60 the process finally seems to have reached its climax. The current generation S60 has been showing its age for a few years now, unsurprising as it has remained largely unchanged since 2010.
The new S60 ditches its Ford derived platform, a holdover from when the brand fell under the Blue Oval’s umbrella, for Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform. That means the new S60 will be sharing its foundation with the V60 and XC60. Three power options will be available in the S60: the front-wheel-drive T5 with its a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder good for 250 horsepower, the all-wheel-drive T6 with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that’s turbocharged and supercharged and puts out 318 horsepower, finally the all-wheel-drive T8 combines a turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder with an electric motor at the rear boosting output to 400 horsepower.
Of course, that T8 trim is garnering the most excitement and you can add a little icing to that cake by slapping on an optional performance package from Polestar. Dubbed the Polestar Engineered package, it boosts power to 415 horsepower, adds braking improvements from Brembo and packs in suspension and wheel upgrades as well. I can’t wait to see some real-world performance numbers.
As if that weren’t enough to get excited about, the new S60 will also be the first Volvo to be built in the United States. Assembly will take place at the brand’s new $1.1 billion plant in Charleston, South Carolina.
The new S60 will start at $35,800 in its T5 trim; the T8 will demand a much loftier $54,400. Of course, Volvo’s leasing program will also be available for the vehicle.