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2015 Volvo S60 Overview
Once a bit frumpy and oh-so-Scandanavian, Volvo has benefited from 2010’s change of ownership (once Ford, now China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group). The 2015 Volvo S60 is a case in point. Looking upscale, sporty and distinctly un-Norseman-like, especially after a cosmetic and equipment upgrade in 2014, the 2015 iteration is expected to offer a brand new Drive-E concept that feature a pair of fuel-efficient inline 4-cylinder (I4) engines, one turbocharged and one supercharged.
Thus the 5-passenger S60 sedan lineup flaunts a revamped trim lineup with the now-entry-level S60 T5 Drive-E complemented by the supercharged T6 Drive-E, while the all-wheel-drive-equipped (AWD) R-Design remains the flagship trim. Said AWD, by the way, is available to the Drive-E versions, but each AWD T5 and T6 is expected to carry the old turbocharged 2.5-liter inline 5-cylinder (I5) powerplant, with the R-Design again sporting the ubiquitous inline 6-cylinder mill (I6). On the positive side again, a new 8-speed shiftable automatic now accompanies that pair of blown four-bangers, as does auto stop/start technology.
Anyhow, a new 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 common to the front-wheel-drive (FWD) T5 Drive-E boasts 240 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque and, as mentioned, comes with a new 8-speed shiftable automatic transmission for some spiffy mileage estimates of 28 mpg city/36 highway.
The new-for-2015 2.0-liter supercharged I4, meantime, is designed to eliminate that pesky turbo lag that is a fact of life in merely turbocharged powerplants… such as the turbo I4 described above. Anyhow, this up-powered super-blown edition is packed into the FWD T6 Drive-E iteration and puts out 302 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, again managed by the new 8-speed shiftable automatic. An estimated 24/35 represents, thereby, a distinct improvement in fuel efficiency over the old blown 5-banger.
Available AWD variations of the T5 trim, alas, return with the traditional 2.5-liter turbocharged I5 powerplant that throws down 250 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque under the auspices of last generation’s 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission. Mileage, needless to say, remains a rather lackluster 20/29.
The AWD T6 and the T6 R-Design with its standard AWD configuration each pack, once again, the last-gen 3.0-liter turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine (I6) that returns 325 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. Again using the once-ubiquitous 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission, this blown I6 returns, once more, an unimpressive 18/26.
Moving on to the lately more appealing appearance bling and creature comforts, look for the base-but-still-posh T5 Drive-E to sport 17-inch alloy wheels and heated power-adjustable mirrors outside, with cloth upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a fold-down front passenger seatback and full power accessories inside. Last year’s distinctly more curvy and modernistic interior and exterior upgrades, meantime, remain complemented by such standard bling as cruise control, telescoping tilt-wheel steering, dual-zone climate control and memory for driver's settings. Bluetooth again comes with all 2015 S60 trims, as does a 160-watt audio system complete with single-CD player, 8 speakers, satellite radio and auxiliary iPod integration.
The new T6 Drive-E adds 18-inch alloy wheels to the mix, along with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, leather upholstery and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, while the T6 R-Design tosses in a standard remote garage door opener and premium leather upholstery.
Optional packages result again this year in actual trim upgrades to include the T5 and T6 Platinum, Premier and Premier Plus packages in the Drive-E, as well as the AWD trims. Depending on selection, the above packages flaunt all or some of the following: a power moonroof, chrome, upholstery and wheel upgrades, an Adaptive Digital TFT display, a rear-view camera and accent lighting. Further available add-ons include a roof rack, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, as well as remote engine start, front and rear parking sensors and sport pedals.
Standard safety equipment, finally, is expected to remain the traditional antilock brakes (ABS) complementing traction and stability control, side-mounted airbags, active front headrests, and front and rear head airbags. Daytime running lights, front fog/driving lights, turn-signal-integrated mirrors, a pre-collision safety system and a remote antitheft alarm, meanwhile, can be bolstered with such available extras as adaptive cruise control, blind spot alerts (BLIS), lane-departure warnings and self-leveling, auto-dimming high/low-beam headlights.
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