The manufacturer claims that the new cars deliver "an outstanding blend of renewed sports appearance and a dynamic driving-focused chassis."
All three feature unique front-end styling, a matt black grille and a 'silk metal' diagonal Volvo emblem. LED daytime running lights are standard, and fitted to the outer corners. The rear end of each car benefits from a diffuser and different exhaust tailpipes.
Inside you each new R-Design model gets sports seats as standard, with part leather trim, and a black headliner. Buyers can specify full leather seats, however. Volvo's 'Adaptive Digital Display' is fitted, offering three display modes - Elegance, Eco and Performance.
Minor R-Design cues are integrated into the cabin, including embroidered R-design logos on the seats, which Volvo claims emphasises the distinctive R-Design aura.
The engine range for the new models ranges from efficient 114bhp 1.6-litre 'D2' diesels to a 300bhp turbocharged straight-six 'T6' petrol. T6 buyers can increase their engine's output to 325bhp by specifying a factory-approved Polestar software upgrade.
T6 models also benefit from a faster-shifting automatic transmission. In the S60 T6 this helps cut the 0-62mph time from 6.1sec to 5.9sec, with similar improvements experienced by other T6-engined variants.
It's not just the engine and cosmetics that are tweaked, however. The R-Design Sport chassis sits 15mm lower than the Dynamic option , in the S60 and V60, and the spring stiffness is increased by 15 per cent.