Volvo has unveiled the latest model to receive a face-lift, the new S60 will be joining the likes of the new V40, V90, S90, XC60 and XC90 with it's styling changes, meaning the model will feature the new 'thor-hammer' headlights, revised front & rear bumpers, upgraded infotainment system and all of the latest safety tech that Volvo is famous for. Last updated in 2014, the make-over has come at the right time. The 2018 Volvo S60 is set to begin production towards the end of the year and will compete with other executive saloons such as the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class, Audi A4 and Jaguar XE.
The S60 is the first model in the Volvo range to not include the option to have a diesel engine, as part of the manufacturers gradual step to replace this choice with hybrid petrol engines. No doubt to incentive the switch to hybrids, the range topping engine is a 400 BHP T8 Polestar Engineered Twin-Charged Engine (meaning both turbo AND supercharged), it's the fastest in the range and is even capable of zero emission running however you won't be able to travel in full electric mode for long before having to recharge.
Compared to the pre-current S60, the facelift model has a drastically more modern interior, ditching the incredibly dated keypad in place of a much better 9" touchscreen display with non-reflective coating, Volvo states that this can even be used while wearing gloves. The interior still has minimalist styling as is traditional of the Swedish manufacturer but the real win is in how much value for money the S60 offers as standard. The boot size has also increased, capable of fitting 442 litres worth of luggage with optional 60/40 split and folding rear backrest.
Safety is what Volvo is known for, while their old generation models were built like tanks, their modern approach is now in their technology - the S60 can spot hazards such as cyclists, animals and pedestrians effortlessly both during the day and at night using radar and camera technology. The model will also warn you if a potential collision is imminent and if you don't react it can apply the brakes automatically.
With Polestar beginning to produce cars under its own name, it's a pleasant to surprise to see another Polestar edition model available in the Volvo range and like with the previous V60 Polestar, the new S60 Polestar variant is all wheel drive and features an Öhlins suspension developed specifically for the model. The interior gets upgraded sports seats with a yellow seatbelt to match the Polestar engineered Brembo brakes.