Friday, May 20, 2011

2011 Volvo S60 Review

The new Volvo S60 made its international debut at the Geneva Motor Show Tuesday, March 2, 2010. It starts in one of the most competitive segments of the automotive world with the support of an elegant coupe and new features, driving dynamics and innovative technology for the detection of pedestrian safety.

Its overall shape, a brand new Volvo S60 is a coupe, sports, and clearer than the previous Volvo. Its design, which promises excellent driving characteristics, even before you get behind the wheel. To offer maximum driving pleasure, the chassis team has perfected every detail concerning the handling of the car and the driving experience tuned to offer dynamic ride ever seen before in the Volvo.

The all new S60 series will be available from launch with a choice of two diesel and gasoline engines, including an upgrade of high-performance 3.0-liter gasoline version with 304bhp T6, a 2.4-D5 and 2.0-liter 205bhp - 163bhp D3 liter powerplant. DRIVe edition powered by a 1.6 liter diesel with CO2 emissions of around 115g/km and fuel economy up to 65.7mpg (combined cycle, provisional figure) will join later, the area in 2011 .


Its overall shape, a brand new Volvo S60 is a four-door coupe - and more athletic than any previous Volvo.

The C-pillar of the new Volvo S60 extends all the way to the taillights - and the coupe-like roof plate is accompanied by a new limit on the shoulders on each side of the lower body. This creates a smooth wave in the double row of lights on the front to the rear taillights.

The Volvo S60 is athletic stance accentuated sculpted hood and short overhangs front and rear, as well as that of the Volvo design team project called "track." Lines of cars do not stop abruptly, but continues to flow naturally, echoing the shapes of the smooth track.

This sport can be further enhanced exterior styling kit which includes front and rear skid plates, two frames of the more low-, mid rails exhaust finishers, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Volvo designers have also used LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology to create distinctive signature headlights and rear, which makes the car clearly identifiable as a Volvo S60, even in darkness.

The all new Volvo S60 will be introduced with a number of exterior colors, including two new colors: Vibrant copper and gold Electrum.

The beginning of a new dynamic

The new Volvo S60 is the sportiest of Volvo ever built, and during the development process, the computer chassis fine tuning every detail to the driving experience. The result of their work is a new dynamic chassis design, standard on all new Volvo S60.

The steering gear ratio is 10 percent faster than previous models to give a clearer picture and sharper steering response. The thicker tube rigid steering column and shrubs have increased torsional rigidity 100 percent. This also contributes to the greater sense of direct contact with the wheels and the road.

pillar is thicker than the piston sport chassis is the Volvo S80. The resulting increase in stiffness by 47 percent means that the structure of the body will be better able to withstand lateral loads. Springs themselves are shorter and stiffer than before and the Eigen frequency rose to 10 percent. front shock absorber assembly spring rate is increased by 50 percent. Front and rear subframe bushes are up to two times stiffer than previous models. connecting arm bushings are optimized for a sporty, full control.

damper brackets on the back is made of PUR (polyurethane) instead of rubber to give a better balance between comfort and dynamic control.

Stefan responsible for developing Volvo S60 Sällqvist, explained: ". We spent many weeks of fine-tuning the shock absorbers in the English countryside we drove through the old Roman roads are always and only received a few layers of asphalt over the centuries - the 'ideal environment to find the damping properties. "

Advanced Control Stability

Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC) in the new Volvo S60 has a number of sophisticated features to increase driving pleasure and safety. The Volvo S60 sedan is the first to market with advanced stability control Volvo. In a new paper sensor is possible to identify any tendency to skid a very early stage. This means that the slip can intervene earlier and more accurately. Advanced stability control is a great asset in driving dynamics consisting of lateral forces.

The new Traction Control Corner flatter curves

A new dynamic platform to support various electronic systems even more sporty driving experience. Traction Control Corner is a new feature that uses torque vectoring so the car takes curves without problems. This technique is further developed DSTC system. In the light curve, the drive wheels inside the car when braking hard while the outer wheel drive. This allows the driver to take the corner more difficult and reduce the tendency to understeer.

Advanced braking functions integrated

An advanced braking system is an important dynamic properties to carry out the new Volvo S60. A number of features interact to provide the shortest possible stopping distance in all scenarios. Technology includes:

Ready Brake Alert can predict when an emergency braking is required. Brake applied lightly on the brake discs even before the driver depresses the brake pedal.

Hydraulic Brake Assist helps drivers brake in the shortest distance possible. In an emergency where the driver does not press the brake pedal fast or strong enough, hydraulic brake assist helps to operate the ABS system optimally and reduce overall stopping distance.

Optimized hydraulic brakes have a system that strengthens the deceleration during braking of the company to compensate for hydraulic power brake vacuum is low.

Support for hydraulic brake fade used to gradually build brake pressure for long, hard braking. This reduces the risk of brake fade and keeps the pedal.

The all-new S60 is equipped with an electronic parking brake as standard.

FOUR-C option

All variants of the new Volvo S60 can be specified with four C active chassis was modified and refined for better control and comfort. This is an advanced self-adjusting frame that uses a series of sensors to continuously monitor the behavior of the car. In fractions of a second, the shock is adapted to current driving situation.

Three alternative chassis settings, the driver simply press a button to change the character of the car: Comfort, Sport or Advanced.

Motor Collection

At launch, the Volvo S60 will be available with a choice of two diesel and gasoline engines. All engines have been developed to meet the highest standards of sporty driving dynamics with fuel economy competitive.

Two five-cylinder turbo diesel

D5 powerful twin turbo 205 hp and 420nm of torque. Acceleration from 0 to 62 mph takes 7.8 seconds (manual and automatic) and a top speed of 146 mph (manual) and 143 mph (auto). The latest version of the D5, which was introduced in spring 2009, performance and handling are met by installing two turbos of different sizes from a seizure, and give more power in a wider range of schemes. The result is a lightning quick response and quick acceleration at all speeds, the transfer seamlessly to the number of laps, the two turbo-compressors. Other features of the two turbo combine high performance with lower fuel consumption of 47.9mpg (combined, preliminary figure).

The advanced fuel valves with piezoelectric fuel injection offers the exact distribution of fuel in the combustion chamber with a combustion efficiency and low emissions as a result.

Short trips reduce fuel consumption

There is also the new 2.0-liter engine producing 163HP D3 and 400Nm of torque. Acceleration from 0 to 62 mph takes 9.2 seconds (manual and automatic) and the maximum speed is 137 mph (manual) and 134 km / h (automatic).

2.0D a new five-cylinder engine is basically the same as the current 2.4D, but the stroke volume is reduced when a shorter stroke to optimize fuel consumption. It is a manual gearbox now has the fuel consumption 54.3mpg (combined, preliminary figure).

The engine has been optimized to provide less fuel injection system has a different type of valve piezoelectric fuel compared to the D5 engine. These valves keep fuel consumption to a minimum, through injection pulses exceptionally fast and accurate under high pressure. The result is a much more efficient combustion.

To give the best car driving properties, the turbocharger has been refined to a high torque at low revs.

The two turbo diesel comes with a manual transmission as standard six-speed transmission or optional six-speed automatic. A maintenance-free particulate filter, which captures about 95 percent of soot comes standard in both engines.

Powerful petrol T6

The gasoline engine generates 304 horsepower 3.0-liter T6 and 440 Nm of torque, improved acceleration and smoother on the road. Acceleration from 0 to 62 mph takes 6.5 seconds and top speed is 155 mph. Specialists in Volvo Cars engines have reduced fuel consumption by about 10 percent to 27.7 miles per gallon (EU combined figure, preliminary).

Engine power is transmitted to the wheels via Volvo's Geartronic six-speed generation second automatic transmission. New valves and lower friction means faster gear changes than before. AWD (All Wheel Drive) is standard on the T6.

Diesel DRIVe below 115 g / km

During the first year of production DRIVe versions of the brand new Volvo S60 will be created with a new 1.6-liter diesel engine. Fuel consumption is an impressive 65.7mpg (EU combined figure, preliminary), representing CO2 emissions below 115 g / km. The improved engine produces 115 hp and 270 Nm of torque and only available with a six-speed manual transmission.

Later in the first year of production, the new Volvo S60 will be available with a variant GTDi 2.0 (T5) that produces 240 hp and 320 Nm of torque will also be a motor of 1, 6 liters GTDi available in two versions : 180 horsepower (T4) and 150 hp (T3) with a torque of 240 Nm

All engines will be available in combination GTDi Volvo Powershift transmission gearbox with optional six-speed automatic or six-speed manual as standard. The Powershift concept works as two manual gearboxes in parallel with separate clutches, leading to rapid and low fuel consumption.

Pedestrian detection with full braking function

The new Volvo S60 features the innovative pedestrian detection with full automatic braking system. pedestrian detection radar consists of a new integrated development in the grille of the car, a camera placed in front of the mirror inside the card, and a central control unit. The radar is to detect any object in front of the car and to determine the distance to it. The device determines the type of object it is.

The party's full automatic braking technology reacts to vehicles in front that is stalled or moving in the same direction as the car is equipped with the system.

A newly developed radar dual-mode is a much wider field of view to ensure that pedestrians entering the roadway can be diagnosed early. The camera has higher resolution than the previous generation of automotive brake, which allows to detect the pattern of pedestrian movement.

"Auto-brake system requires that the destination has been confirmed by both radar and a camera.'s Advanced sensor technology used, it is now possible to grow full braking power," says Thomas Broberg, Senior Safety Advisor, Volvo Cars.

"Detecting pedestrians with sufficient reliability has been a challenging task. Our innovative technology is programmed to follow a model of pedestrian movement and to calculate whether he or she is likely to step on the road in front of the car. The system can detect pedestrians who are 80 cm high and above, ie, including children. "

This new technology allows the full braking force

In an emergency the driver first receives a warning sound, combined with a flashing light in the head-up display windshield. To create an immediate and intuitive, similar to the warning of a fire stop. Meanwhile, the car is pre-loaded. If the driver does not react to the warning and a crash is imminent, is full braking power automatically.

This technique has the same limitations as the human eye, and just like us, it "sees" a very dark and bad weather.

Pedestrian detection with automatic braking can complete avoid a collision with a pedestrian at speeds up to 21 mph when the driver does not react in time. At higher speeds, the emphasis is on reducing the speed of the car as much as possible before impact. Reducing speed is 21 mph.

Statistics show that the car's speed is of considerable importance for the outcome of the accident. A low impact speed means that the risk of serious injury is greatly reduced. For example, if the speed is cut from 30 mph to 15 mph, with fully automatic pedestrian detection braking is expected to reduce mortality risk by nearly 20 percent and in some cases up to 85 percent.

City Safety

The new Volvo S60 also features City Safety as standard, as seen in his older brother - the XC60. The system can reduce or even completely avoid low-speed impacts from the rear at speeds of up to 18 mph.

Additional safety systems available:

* Driver Alert Control (DAC). The unique technology feel tired and distracted drivers. This function monitors the progress of the vehicle between the lane signs and warns the driver if his model of leadership changes at random or out of control.

* Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) allows detection of vehicles in the blind spot behind the two sides of the car. A lamp beside the relevant door mirror lights to warn drivers of danger.

* Bi-Xenon headlamps articulated following the curve of the road. For the best possible light while driving in the dark on twisting roads.

* Drift Warning alerts the driver if the car is running across the track markers without the turn indicator is used.

Advanced System * Side impact protection

* Seat-mounted side airbags

* Improved curtain airbags

* System Whiplash Protection

Inside Cabin

Drivers and passengers will find the new agile chassis with absolute comfort in the spacious and refined. Inside the new Volvo S60 has been designed with information based on the driver, but still a five-car offering seating comfort for all occupants. The carved outer rear seats for passengers on the support of the shelter. knee room in the rear seat increased by 30 mm compared with the previous generation Volvo S60.

The designers also took inspiration from outside the circuit inside the car. "Every detail seems to be moving. All the lines of" embracing "the cockpit. The instruments and center console are oriented toward the driver to create a sense of direction and control. The new dynamics of the steering wheel with three branches and new sports seats with additional lateral support are standard. There is no compromise on any part of the dynamic approach we have adopted since the beginning, "says Jonathan Disley, head of interior design in the new Volvo S60.

Easily accessible storage space is another important element of interior comfort and convenience. The new Volvo S60 has a storage compartment behind the center console and console each other in the center while the door pockets there is space for books, cards, pop bottles and cans. The two front occupants and rear seat pockets in hand. The rear seat splits 40/60 and the opening of the chest was performed at 100 mm wider than the previous generation Volvo S60.

Beige and black are the main colors of the range of upholstered furniture, which is spicy from the shadows to light new Brown has - beige leather upholstery traces its roots in classical models such as Volvo P1800 ES proud 164.

Clean interior offers comfort zone

The electronic climate control system (ECC) provides an automatic temperature control and ventilation. The new Volvo S60 can be equipped IAQS (indoor air quality system), which prevents the particles and odors from entering the cabin. To provide passenger comfort climate is very sensitive, even better, the system was equipped with Clean Zone Interior, a system based on ECC and IAQS. When the car is unlocked with the remote control, the passenger is automatically broken if the outside temperature exceeds 10 degrees Celsius.

The new Volvo S60 also offers:

* Optional Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with the support queue automatically maintains a predetermined distance to the vehicle ahead and operates at speeds below 18 mph, all the way until it stops.

* Optional front and rear fog lights and the Park Assist Camera.

* Optional rack in front of the camera 180 degrees field of vision, which can "see around" to help drivers negotiate an exit blind and the park will increase security.

New infotainment system

The new Volvo S60 is also a new infotainment system, which combines data from audio equipment, navigation system, mobile phone and other functions should be color screen for five or seven inches and the top of the center console. The screen is a great opportunity to make it easier to keep the driver's eyes on the road.

All functions can be controlled through the steering wheel or the controls located directly on a color screen. In addition, a separate remote control for use by passengers. Integrated navigation voice control is available as an option, as well as the ability to use Bluetooth to connect the driver's own mobile car infotainment system.

One of the first cars with MultEQ from Audyssey Laboratories

The all new Volvo S60 is one of the first cars worldwide to use technology Audyssey MultEQ Laboratories, the standard for the correction of room in the home theater and professional markets.

MultEQ eliminates the distortion caused by the acoustics of the cabin that allows crisp and clear to everyone in the car.

Besides the high-end Premium Sound, which comes with a seven-inch screen, is the all-new Volvo S60 is available with a choice of three audio systems:

* Performance - with a 4x20 W amplifier, six speakers and a five-inch screen.

* High performance - with a 4x40 W amplifier and eight speakers. This system also comes with a five-inch screen.

* Multimedia performance - with a 4x40 W amplifier and eight speakers. This level is combined with the optional navigation system and large screen seven inches.

Global Sales

The first generation Volvo S60 was launched in 2000. It quickly became the Volvo Cars most popular model, which enjoys worldwide recognition and peak sales of 110,000 cars in 2002. In total there are about one million S60s on the roads around the world today.

The first goal of the annual global brand new Volvo S60 is 90,000 cars and car customers is unusual equidistant in the world. Europe (including Russia), North America and around the world each representing approximately one third of total sales. The five largest markets are unique in the UK, USA, China, Russia and Sweden. The new Volvo S60 will be built at the Volvo Cars factory in Ghent, Belgium and the first cars will be delivered to customers in early summer 2010.