Volvo to eliminate diesel from new S60

Andrew Cummings
May 16, 2018

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

"Our future is electric and we will no longer develop a new generation of diesel engines", Volvo chief executive Hakan Samuelsson said.

Making a bold move toward achieving cleaner cars, Volvo Cars has announced that its upcoming new-gen Volvo S60 sedan will not have a diesel engine on offer.

All new Volvo models launched from 2019 will be available as either a mild petrol hybrid, plug-in petrol hybrid or battery electric vehicle.

"We're not saying diesel is more dirty", Samuelsson told the FT ahead of the speech, "But it's more complicated and more expensive".

Not the new Volvo S60 saloon, which is due late spring. The S60's estate sibling, the V60, was launched earlier this year in Stockholm.

That means the S60 will only be available with petrol and hybrid units from launch, with all-electric models to follow in the near-future. Mild hybrid options will debut next year.

Volvo's transition away from the internal combustion engine may be starting now, but it won't happen quickly. Last summer Volvo announced a commitment to launching every new vehicle with some form of electrification.

Production of the new S60 will start this autumn at Volvo Cars' brand-new manufacturing facility outside Charleston, South Carolina.

The decision to make a diesel-free S60 doesn't affect Americans.

It follows the automaker's announcement last July that every auto it launches from 2019 will feature some form of electrification, whether it be mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid or pure electric power. Samuelsson reiterated the company's commitment Wednesday with the announcement of the diesel death.

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