Last month, Volvo introduced the all-new V60 wagon, and as expected, it looks fantastic. We’re big fans of the current V60, but it now looks frumpy and outdated next to the new version’s slick design. Considering how similar Volvo’s 90-series wagon and sedan are, we also had a feeling Volvo wouldn’t change much other than the roofline when it turned the V60 into the S60 sedan. Turns out, we were correct.
We know this because Teknikens Värld, the Swedish car magazine famous for the “moose test” it conducts, recently published a photo of the new S60 sitting completely undisguised. And yes, it looks like a sedan version of the V60. Or a smaller S90. As attractive as both those cars are, that’s a good thing. Sometimes the same-sausage-different-length approach to car design feels a little lazy, but at least for now, it works for Volvo.
It also looks like Volvo’s changed a couple of things to differentiate the new S60 from the larger S90. For example, the license plate has been moved from the bumper to the trunk, and the character line that runs along the side of the car adds a sportier feel. It also looks like the trunk lid has an integrated decklid spoiler, but that may not be standard across the board. After all, as nice as those black wheels look, they’re probably not what we’ll see on a base S60.
As far as the front end goes, Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson recently shared a photo of a camouflaged S60 that gives us a pretty clear idea of how it will look.
Winter testing of new #VolvoS60 in Lofoten Norway.
Passionate product owner Magnus Olsson very satisfied with results. Car will be built in new factory in South Carolina later this year. pic.twitter.com/Htv6cJt7R7
— Håkan Samuelsson (@hakan_samuel) February 28, 2018
Based on what we’ve seen so far, the new S60 will be one seriously good looking car. Volvo may have tweaked a few things here and there, but the V60’s grille, headlights, and bumper all appear to be unchanged on this S60 prototype. The black wheels also look identical to the ones shown in the photo of the undisguised car.
Thankfully, we shouldn’t have to wait long to drive Volvo’s upcoming BMW 3 Series fighter. The official reveal is planned for this summer, with production beginning later this year.
Source: Teknikens Värld (photo used with permission)