A rival to the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the S60 will be unveiled in the coming weeks as the sister car to the V60 estate and available with a range of four-cylinder petrol engines and two plug-in hybrid versions, while mild hybrid options will appear in 2019.
Meanwhile, the V60 comes in petrol and plug-in hybrid variants, as well as two diesel options badged D3 and D4.
Volvo boss Håkan Samuelsson said: “Our future is electric and we will no longer develop a new generation of diesel engines. We will phase out cars with only an internal combustion engine, with petrol hybrid versions as a transitional option as we move towards full electrification. The new S60 represents the next step in that commitment.”
Diesel sales have fallen sharply following the Dieselgate emissions scandal, with governments and the media calling into question diesel's lower emissions and greater fuel economy. Between January and April 2015, 85% of Volvo's UK sales were diesels, where today diesels make up just 63%.