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All-new Volvo S60 on show


The first vehicle in the world to feature pedestrian detection and avoidance technology, has been uncovered ahead of its debut at the Geneva Motor Show

The 2011 S60 is a sportier sedan from Volvo and compared to its predecessor, grows in every direction and is around 45kg heavier than the outgoing model.

Under the hood is a twin-scroll turbocharged 3.0-litre inline-six putting out 300hp and 325lb-ft of torque, with maximum torque available from 1500rpm.

Mated to a six-speed automatic and an all-wheel drive system, the S60 will reportedly reach 100kph in 6.5 seconds.

European customers will also have the choice of a turbo and direct-injected 2.0-litre four-cylinder, along with a diesel and a dual-clutch gearbox.

The real talking point of the Volvo S60 is its safety systems. After last year introducing its City Safety system designed to avoid low-speed rear-end crashes, the S60’s additional Pedestrian Detection feature aims to reduce fatalities and injuries in urban environments.

The system allows the S60 to automatically brake to a standstill from a speed of up to 35kmh if the system detects the driver is not reacting to an imminent impact with a pedestrian. Volvo says Pedestrian Detection will also slow the car from higher speeds, claiming a reduction in speed from 50kmh to 25kmh can reduce the risk of fatality by up to 85%.

Two suspensions will be offered globally, the firmer European-spec ‘Dynamic’ setting, or softer ‘Comfort’ set-up for US and Asian markets.

The S60’s five-seat interior retains the company’s floating console design, though Volvo claims the cabin boasts its “most extrovert” styling yet.

More details on a NZ arrival date coming soon...

Read more about the Volvo S60 here.

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