Volvo S60 takes safety to new level
Volvo has released full details of its "four-door coupé", the new S60 - sportier and more distinctive, it says than any previous Volvo sedan.
We don't have SA prices yet for the S60, which is due for local release early in 2011, but, as a rough guide, UK prices will range from £23 295-£36 745 (R261 000-R412 000).
It will be available with a choice of two diesels and one petrol engine, starting with a newly developed five-cylinder, two-litre turbodiesel for which Volvo quotes 120kW and 400Nm of torque. Fuel consumption with a manual gearbox is a claimed 5.2 litre/100km.
The familiar twin-turbo D5 turbodiesel engine is good for 150kW and 420Nm, pushing the S60 from 0-100 in 7.8sec and burning an average of 5.3 litres/100km.
The high-performance S60 is the T6 with a revised three-litre petrol six, now rated at 224kW and 440Nm - good enough, says Volvo, for a 0-100 sprint in 6.5sec and a top speed of 250km/h at a cost of 10 litres/100km.
The new S60 has pedestrian detection with an automatic braking system, using a radar unit in the grille and a camera in front of the interior rear-view mirror. The radar detects any object in front of the car and measures the distance to it. The camera determines what it is.
The automatic braking system also responds to vehicles stopped in front of the S60 or moving in the same direction.
The camera has a higher resolution than previous systems and can now detect the pedestrian's pattern of movement.
The radar also has a wider field of vision so even pedestrians who might be about to step into the road can be detected.
The driver first receives an audible warning combined with a flashing light – that looks just like a brake light to induce an intuitive reaction! - in the windscreen's head-up display, and the brakes are pre-charged.
If a collision is imminent and the driver doesn't react to the brakes are automatically applied, hard enough to avoid hitting a pedestrian from as much as 34km/h. At higher vehicle speeds, the system reduces the car's speed as much as possible prior to impact.
Pedestrian detection with adaptive cruise control, distance alert, queue assist and collision warning with auto braking is a £1350 (R15 000) option on the S60.
Standard safety systems include automatic braking from speeds as much as 30km/h if the car in front stops, dynamic stability and traction control, and whiplash protection.
Also standard across the range are auto aircon, cruise control, a 125mm colour screen as part of the new infotainment system, a multifunction steering wheel, alloy rims and leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshifter.
The SE (middle) trim level has mixed fabric/vinyl upholstery, aluminium trim, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, auto-folding power door mirrors with puddle lights, rain sensor, a high-performance sound system, Bluetooth, rear parking sensors and 17" alloys.
The range topping SE Lux adds a power-adjustable driver's seat with memory, leather upholstery, adaptive headlights and headlamp wipers.
A premium pack is available on SE and Lux models that includes satnav and an even fancier sound system. The options list also includes heatable front seats, a six-CD shuttle, a sunroof, rear-seat entertainment and an auto transmission.
[ DATE: 14.04.2010 ]Back