Volvo Cars showed off the new S60 sedan and a subscription service that will ease the hassle of having a car at the company’s first-ever U.S.-based assembly plant just outside Charleston, South Carolina.
The 2019 S60, the first Volvo to be made in the U.S., will be available in Momentum, R-Design and Inscription level trims that includes some of the latest technology developed by the Swedish carmaker.
The new S60 is the first Volvo car to be sold without a diesel engine, signaling the company’s industry-leading commitment to electrification and a long-term future beyond the traditional combustion engine. In 2017, Volvo Cars was the first global car maker to announce its strategy that from 2019 all new models will have an electrified option.
The Momentum level trim offers an ample suite of standard equipment, including City Safety with Steering Support, which works to mitigate or prevent accidents at intersections and with pedestrians, cyclists and large animals.
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A panoramic moon roof, LED headlamps with Volvo’s signature Thor’s Hammer, 18-inch wheels, aluminum inlays and Volvo’s award-winning Sensus Connect touchscreen interface.
The luxurious Inscription trim adds bright chrome trim around the windows and front grille accents, driftwood inlays, four-zone electric climate control, power front seats with lumbar support and power cushion extensions.
The R-Design adds a dynamic look to the S60, with high gloss black window trim, mirror caps and front grille. A metal mesh inlay joins the R-Design perforated leather steering wheel with gearshift paddles, nappa leather sport seats with open grid textile and an R-Design leather-wrapped gear shifter.
Volvo plans to make three different powertrains available, starting with the T5 powertrain features a turbocharged Drive-E engine providing 250 horsepower, T6 features a turbo and supercharged Drive-E engine producing 316 hp and the T8 Twin-Engine Plug-in Hybrid combines a Drive-E engine providing 313 hp with a rear electric motor adding 87 hp for a combined power output of 400 hp.
Front-wheel drive is reserved for the T5 propulsion system. The T6 and T8 configurations provide all-wheel drive.
Pricing starts with Momentum T5, starting at $35,800 up through the Inscription T8 Twin Engine, Plug-In hybrid with all-wheel-drive, which will cost $55,000. The destination charge once production start in September will be $995, Volvo said.
The new S60 will join the popular XC40 in the Care by Volvo program.
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Care by Volvo customers choose their S60 online or in app and make all-inclusive, monthly payments that cover insurance, service, and maintenance. All-inclusive pricing of well-equipped models start at $775 per month before local taxes and registration fees.
The negotiation-free process starts with an online or in app deposit. Care by Volvo customers will be able to drive away from their local retailer in a new S60 without having to worry about the traditional extras such as down payments, maintenance and insurance.
Care by Volvo includes 24/7 customer care and concierge services, including roadside assistance. The Care by Volvo subscription term is for 24 months. There will be an option to change cars and sign up for a new 24-month subscription as early as 12 months into their agreement.
An annual 15,000-mile allowance accompanies tire and wheel damage protection, wear-and-tear replacements including wipers and brakes, and all factory scheduled maintenance.
Care by Volvo customers will be covered under a premium personal insurance policy issued by Liberty Mutual Insurance. The cost of insurance is part of the subscription price and provides customers $250,000 bodily injury protection per person and $500,000 bodily injury coverage per accident with a $500 deductible applied to both comprehensive and collision coverage.
The new S60 will be available to order and subscribe today. The S60 T8 Polestar Engineered Care by Volvo subscription will be available on June 28. Customer deliveries via traditional lease and purchase are scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2018.
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“The new S60 is one of the most exciting Volvo cars we’ve ever made,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars. “It is a true driver’s car that gives us a strong position in the US and China sedan markets, creating more growth opportunities for Volvo Cars.”