Next Volvo S60 won't offer diesel option

Next Volvo S60 won't offer diesel option

Next Volvo S60 won't offer diesel option

Volvo is jumping onto the anti-diesel bandwagon, the Swedish carmaker announcing that it plans to completely eliminate diesel engines from its line-up.

That's because there will be no diesel option in the range for the first time.

Volvo sees its future as a 100 percent electric brand, like Tesla. This is the most comprehensive electrification strategy in the auto industry and Volvo Cars was the first traditional vehicle maker to commit to all-out electrification in July 2017.

Volvo will never launch new diesel cars in the United Kingdom, according to new reports.

That said, even petrol engines will eventually be phased out, with Volvo referring to the hybrid models as a "transitional" stepping stone on the road to full electrification. Mild hybrid versions (48V) will follow next year, the press release reads.

Volvo Cars last month reinforced its electrification strategy by stating that it aims for fully electric cars to make up 50% of its global sales by 2025.

The new S60, a premium mid-size sports sedan, is based on Volvo's in-house developed Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), which also underpins the company's award-winning new 90 Series and 60 Series cars.

Samuelsson went on to explain that Volvo now feels that hybrid, mild-hybrid, and plugin-hybrid technology have overtaken diesel not just in terms of reducing emissions, but also now in terms of cost, both at the time of vehicle development, and when that vehicle is subsequently in use.

The new S60 will initially be available with a range of four-cylinder petrol engines as well as with two petrol plug-in hybrid versions - the T6 and T8 Twin Engine we already know from the new V60.

Production of the new S60 will start this autumn at Volvo Cars' brand-new manufacturing facility outside Charleston, South Carolina. Interestingly, the plant will be the sole hub for the S60, meaning US -built S60s will be sold worldwide.

That should not affect its success in the Americas, APAC or the Middle East, but European long-distance drivers might regret this drastic decision.

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