Six of Volvo’s eight current models get an overhaul, with revised looks, more kit and lower emissions
Mark Tisshaw
18 February 2013

Volvo has overhauled the majority of its range in what it describes as “the most extensive development of existing models” in the firm’s history.

The S60 saloon, V60 estate, XC60 SUV, V70 estate, XC70 4x4 estate and S80 saloon all get a new family look, improved equipment levels and fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions without sacrificing performance.

Volvo's updates aren't limited to just exterior changes, however. S60 models benefit from new interior trim, which is claimed to give the revised car's cabin the feel of a Swedish house, while adaptive cornering lights are now available. 

The S80 saloon is available with a new luxury "Executive" interior package that provides bespoke trim options. The XC60, Volvo's best-selling model, is now devoid of black trim of a "more urban look" and torque vectoring is standard fit.

Only the recently introduced V40 hatchback and the XC90 SUV, which is due to be replaced next year, continue unchanged. Production of the S40 saloon, V50 wagon, C30 hatch and C70 convertible ended last year.

The look of the new models incorporates styling references from the Volvo Concept You, a big saloon concept revealed at the 2011 Frankfurt motor show.

The more rounded and dynamic family look of the previous models is replaced by a visually widened front end, more prominent horizontal lines and slimmer lights.

A key addition to the firm’s BMW 3-series-rivalling S60 and V60 models is the option of a lowered sports chassis for all variants, something previously offered on R-Design versions only.

The reduction in CO2 emissions for the S60 peaks on the 113bhp 1.6-litre turbodiesel D2 version, which now stands at just 106g/km. The economy of this model is claimed by Volvo to be 70.6mpg on the EU combined cycle. 

S80 versions also benefit from efficiency improvements; D2 specification cars emit 108g/km of CO2 and offer a combined 68.9mpg. The V70, in D2 form, emits a reduced 112g/km of CO2. XC70 models emit 139g/km of CO2 in D4 and D5 trim. 

A new multimedia system has been introduced across the six revised models. Called Sensus Connected Touch, the system includes full internet access, internet radio, Google maps and search and internet music streaming. Internet access is obtained through 3G/4G from the driver’s mobile phone. The seven-inch touchscreen can also be used while wearing gloves. 

The TFT instrument panel from the latest V40 has been rolled out across the revised Volvo range. Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters have also been added to automatic models, while a heated steering wheel can be specified on the S80, V70 and XC70. Additionally, a fast-clearing heated front windscreen has been added to Volvos that are equipped with a rain sensor.  

The overhauled Volvo range will be available in the UK from May.

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18 February 2013

Lewis Kingston wrote:

A key addition to the firm’s BMW 3-series-rivalling S60 and V60 models is the option of a lowered sports chassis for all variants, something previously offered on R-Design versions only.

That's all very well and good but as with the V40, I guess this is not the best package for British roads, being too firm.

The problem with the V60's chassis has been more down to entertainment value (http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/volvo/v60/ride), somthing the targeted 3 series has in spades.  It's a shame they haven't addressed that.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

18 February 2013

It looks like the updates have got rid of the droopy front ends, thank goodness.

I think that when Car magazine drove the new V40 they commented that whilst Volvo had missed its target for their claimed 'sporty car' it actually made for a really nicely balanced car.

The manufacturers obsession with sporty BMW dynamics is tiresome. After all Audi have clearly proven that you don't need to match BMW for dynamic ability to be able to achieve equivalent sales (greater worldwide aren't they?) - just showroom appeal and desirability is enough for the common man.

 

 

You're not stuck in traffic - you are traffic!!

18 February 2013

The S80 Executive trim level has been available for years,it was originally standard on the V8, but when that engine got dropped the Executive trim became available as an option. Its also currently available for the XC90

18 February 2013

The existing S60/V60 was, in my opinion, one of the most interestingly styled and attractive models of its size, and they've killed it. The new front end is generic and bland. Take the badge off and it could be anything. It all seems rather unnecessary, especially so early on in the car's life.

19 February 2013

Hondaboy's right.... Volvo have done a Passat. Turned an original design into a Eurobox. Guess it's for China? Real shame as they are a great left field choice. 

jer

19 February 2013

Cop out.

18 February 2013

I suspect the new front end will provide greater pedestrian protection, I also have a feeling they might have added the bonnet airbag from the V40. 

18 February 2013

as Citytiger says these actually look like they'll only cause a few bruises when you drive them into a bus queue. How utterly sandblastedly boring.

18 February 2013

A 52-plate V70, if you polished it up all spick and span, would look hardly any different to today's. And Volvo can't bleat about 'evolutionary styling' - on the face of it they once had a half-decent load-lugger that they haven't properly updated for 10+ years. Ditto XC70, of course, and I can't remember when they first started selling them but on motorway the other day I saw a 54-plate S80, which barring a bit of chrome and probably lights is no different at all. And, whilst it may enjoy reasonable sales still, the XC90 is a dinosaur. Volvo need to buck up surely, and improve model life-cycle; they've neglected the larger-car market for far too long. Or is their business model just smarter than everyone else's? (sales figures would suggest 'no')

18 February 2013

Cavalier wrote:

A 52-plate V70, if you polished it up all spick and span, would look hardly any different to today's. And Volvo can't bleat about 'evolutionary styling' - on the face of it they once had a half-decent load-lugger that they haven't properly updated for 10+ years. Ditto XC70, of course, and I can't remember when they first started selling them but on motorway the other day I saw a 54-plate S80, which barring a bit of chrome and probably lights is no different at all. And, whilst it may enjoy reasonable sales still, the XC90 is a dinosaur. Volvo need to buck up surely, and improve model life-cycle; they've neglected the larger-car market for far too long. Or is their business model just smarter than everyone else's? (sales figures would suggest 'no')

The current S80 and V70 are based on totally different platforms to the 1998 and 2000 models.  Not a thing in common with their predecessors but the badge.

Agreed, the S80 needs a radical replacement.  The only problem is it will probably receive negative reviews from magazines again just because it's not German.

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