Jaguar XE, Mercedes C-Class, BMW 3-series, Audi A4 all are stellar performance product lines with excellent demand for their product in India, However except the C-class none of the above has actually received a 2019 upgrade that the car manufacturers brought to India.
In comes the 2020 Volvo S60 with the blessing of the all mighty Thor (I just had to make that reference consider it aftertaste of the new Avenger’s end game movie). In India, Volvo had a spectacular financial year, registering a growth of 25% in 2018-19. The XC40 sub-compact SUV was so well received that it created serious dent in the Mercedes and BMW territory.
Now what Volvo wants to do is take on the Germans at a segment where they excel in the country- The premium saloon or as we say in the country premium sedan segment. Globally the car was recently launched with a four-cylinder 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine offering 248bhp and 258lb ft to the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Though, we also expect Volvo to bring hybrid options to the game to match the V60’s engine range.
On the inside the Volvo S60 R-design is being targeted at M Sport, S-line and AMG variants and its styling too will be more skewed towards sporty side than luxury.
Overall though, Volvo has settled into a Scandi-Cool way of doing things, with medical grade seats, a widely adjustable driving position, a round steering wheel, clear dials and a vertical touchscreen that’s relatively easy to navigate in the scheme of things but still makes you control too many functions from it, in the name of removing physical buttons. So it looks good, works satisfactorily and, at least, reacts quickly to inputs and remembers you’ve turned off lane keep assist the next time you get in the car. There’s a decent-sized boot and plenty of space in the back for grown adults to sit behind the same in the front.
There are adaptive dampers and drive modes, which are among the few things selectable via separate buttons on the centre console, slightly needlessly given that you’ll put it in one mode and leave it there for the next three years. And whichever mode it’s in, the S60 is a largely amiable companion, too. Mature, sophisticated and largely uncomplicated in feel.
Expect the S60 sometime early to early next year and priced competitively around Rs 45- 50 lakh (ex-showroom India) making it a rival to the C-Class territory. Germans take heed, we might have yet another game changing product from the Swede to take on your unrivalled sedan segment.