The next Volvo S60 sedan will be launched without a diesel option that the brand is moving away from the black pump and towards a fully electrified line.
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 volvo V60 estate and is available with a range of four-cylinder petrol engines and two plug-in hybrid versions, while soft hybrid options appear in 2019.
During this time, the volvo V60 comes in gasoline, hybrid and plug-in variants, as well as two diesel options are badged D3 and D4.
Volvo boss Håkan Samuelsson, said: “Our future is electric and we will no longer have to develop a new generation of diesel engines. We are going to phase cars with only an internal combustion engine, with gasoline hybrid versions, as a temporary solution, as we move towards full electrification. The new S60 is the next step in this commitment.”
Diesel sales have fallen sharply in the wake of the Dieselgate emissions of scandal, with the governments and the media to question the diesel is lower emissions and greater fuel economy.
The S60 decision is part of Volvo’s strategy to lower emissions, starting with its abandonment of any internal combustion engine above 2.0 liters capacity at the beginning of the decade.
Volvo announces in 2017 that all of its cars from 2019 will be electrified lit the touchpaper in the industry, leading to more manufacturers following suit and the confusion in the press about the meaning of the word ‘electrification’. The BRITISH Government later announced that the sale of new vehicles with only internal combustion engines will be banned from 2040, making powertrains hybrid mandatory throughout the country.
Volvo electrification plan is one of the industry’s most aggressive; the brand provides 50% of its sales in the world to be fully electric cars in a period of seven years. Volvo’s first electric car, a hatchback, it will be quickly followed by an EV variant on the XC40, which will happen in 2019. Its new spin-off of the polar star of the brand will produce only a car with an internal combustion engine – its first plug-in hybrid Polestar 1.
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