When Volvo launched its latest platform, called Scalable Product Architecture, with the current XC90 SUV back in 2014, it made everything else in Volvo’s lineup feel instantly out of date. Volvo’s S60, its compact sedan, was the last in line to get the upgrade, but now its time has come.
With the new platform comes growth — the 2016 S60 is 4.9 inches longer and about an inch wider than the previous S60. While that doesn’t sound like much, add in its 1.8-inch lower stance than the outgoing model, and the S60 has some serious curb presence. The new S60’s hood height is lower, which exaggerates the rest of the car’s fresh sheetmetal.
The new S60 also introduces the Polestar Engineered models to the lineup, following the path of companies like Mercedes-Benz with its AMG line. On the S60, the Polestar Engineered model sits at the top of the hierarchy and uses the T8 twin-engine plug-in hybrid for motive force. The Polestar Engineered S60 also sports a set of 19-inch wheels.
Along with the chassis architecture and engine choices, the new S60 also inherits Volvo’s current interior and Sensus infotainment system. The S60 is the first model to roll out with an updated chipset, but all ’19 models will get the refreshed system. Like the S90, the scaled-down Volvo has a simple and clean interior, with minimal buttons and an expansive stylized dashboard.