112.5 hp per liter
(from Volvo Press
Release) An early Christmas present from Volvo Cars - a
glimpse of the next-generation Volvo S60
A few days before Christmas, Volvo Cars treats the automotive world
to an early unwrapping of a car that will shine bright in the
streets for years to come. The Volvo S60 Concept gives the car
world a glimpse of what the all-new Volvo S60 is going to look like
when it arrives in 2010.
"The all-new S60 will be
one of the strongest players in a segment where the competition is
razor-sharp," says Volvo Cars President and CEO Stephen Odell.
The coupe-inspired lines that gave the original S60 its
characteristic stance are even more pronounced in the next
"The sporty design gives
visual promise of an enthusiastic drive and I can assure you here
and now that the all-new S60 will live up to that promise. The
driving properties are better than in any previous Volvo. The car's
technology will also help you to be a better and safer driver," says
The concept car reveals that the Volvo Cars design team is stepping
up to the next level in the development of the products' DNA.
"The concept car's exterior gives a clear indication of what
customers can expect of the all-new S60. On the inside we've been
even more daring - there the focus has been on creating a vision of
the future in the slightly longer perspective," says Volvo Cars
Design Director Steve Mattin.
Scandinavian inspiration and drama
The front of the S60
Concept naturally sports the enlarged iron mark in the trapezoidal
grille. The grille itself has a somewhat new appearance with
structured horizontal vanes adding refinement to its form.
Two DNA lamps that flank the grill emphasise the vertical stance of
the front and promote the bonnet's V-shape. The angled headlamps
flow up into the strongly sculptural bonnet. Combined with the lower
air intake's reverse trapezoidal shape, this gives the concept car a
very expressive "face".
"Dynamic and with considerable character, but without appearing
aggressive. It is packed with inspiration from Scandinavian design
and from the Swedish coastline's cliffs and seas. A thrilling blend
of drama and sensuality," says Steve Mattin.
Viking longboats in the headlamps
The concept car's
headlamps unite classic Scandinavian influences with modern
In each of the headlamps, the lights create a sculpture creating the
image of two miniature Viking longboats sailing side by side, one
for main beam and one for dipped beam. When driving in the dark, the
light is reflected from the concealed, upward-facing High
Performance LED bulbs, projected ahead by the ships' filled sails.
Double wave and sensational doors
Viewed from the side,
the concept car's slim coupe roofline and window graphics are
accompanied by an entirely new lateral shoulder line, forming a
gentle double wave. Stretching from the headlamps all the way to the
tail, it adds emotional excitement and plays with the surface and
Both the seven-spoke 20-inch wheels and the tread of the low-profile
tyres have been specially designed. The bronze-painted brake
callipers match the "Warm Liquid Copper" livery.
The unique rear parallelogram doors offer a spectacular show when
they are opened and shut. Door opening is initiated by pressing on a
button and the movement starts off in the traditional way. In the
next phase, the forward section also swings out away from the car's
body and the door glides parallel with the side of the car until it
reaches its end position by the rear wheel.
Inspiration from the racing track
"In forthcoming models,
you will see more and more of our "racetrack" design cues. The car's
lines do not end abruptly but instead forge a continuous flow
pattern inspired by the fast sweeps of the racing track. In the
concept car, this is particularly visible at the rear," says Steve
The tail lamps, which follow the curve of the rear shoulders, are as
advanced as the headlamps. When switched off, the lamp panels show
no trace of the traditional red or yellow. But when activated, the
position marker lights, brake lights and turn indicators come on in
their correct colours. The solid glass panel is sectioned into
At the rear there is also a retractable diffuser that adjusts with
vehicle speed to give better aerodynamic properties.
Interior indicates future design
With the interior of the
Volvo S60 Concept, Volvo Cars' design director Steve Mattin and his
team are displaying a variety of spectacular next-generation ideas.
"You could say that we
are showing the road we would like to take in the future. This
interior is without doubt the most exclusive we have ever created,"
says Steve Mattin.
The interior is packed
with exciting details, all of which together create a Scandinavian
fresh light feeling, full of visual harmony.
In the middle of the four-seater car glitters the jewel in the
crown: a floating centre stack made out of handmade, solid Orrefors
crystal. It floats like a gentle, calm wave from the instrument
panel all the way to the rear seat backrest.
The entire driver's
environment has been designed to provide total overview and
The combined instrument too has the centre stack's floating, almost
weightless feel about it. The instrument is built up in several
"The speedometer is
designed as a three-dimensional glass spiral. The low numbers appear
closest to the eye and the figures appear to be increasingly distant
as you accelerate. The idea is that the speedometer should provide a
visual reminder of the forward motion," explains Steve Mattin.
Slim, floating leather seats
The floating theme
continues in the concept car's slim, lightweight contoured seats,
made of soft Light Blond leather with contrasting stitching. The
seats are attached to the centre console's lower section and inner
sill, which means that they don't actually touch the floor.
Both the seat belt and
the armrest are integrated into the seat itself. The backrest's
pony-tail slot, first featured in previous concept cars, has a new,
slightly asymmetrical design.
"The aim is to create a pleasant living-room atmosphere with gentle,
invisible transfers between the various surfaces. For instance, the
dark, ecologically tanned saddle leather on the floor continues up
on the lower part of the door," relates Steve Mattin.
The upper part of the doors is faced with genuine blond birch wood
of the same colour as the Scandinavian coastline's salt- and
sun-bleached wooden piers and driftwood. Two parallel slits create a
wave-shaped protrusion whose upper section forms a comfortable
New technology detects pedestrians
in the danger zone
The S60 Concept also
presents a ground-breaking safety innovation that, among other
things, can detect a pedestrian who steps out into the path of the
car - and the car's full braking power is automatically activated if
the driver does not respond to the danger.
The technology, Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake and
pedestrian detection, will be introduced in the all-new Volvo S60.
"Up until now, we have focused on helping the driver avoid
collisions with other vehicles. Now we are taking a giant step
forward with a system that also boosts safety for unprotected
road-users. New sensor technology also makes it possible to advance
from fifty percent to full automatic braking power. To our
knowledge, none of our competitors have made such progress in this
area," explains Thomas Broberg, safety expert at Volvo Cars.
Avoids collisions at speeds below
The car's speed is of
considerable significance to the outcome of a collision with a
pedestrian. If speed drops from 50 km/h to 30 km/h, the chance of a
pedestrian's survival dramatically increases.
"Our aim is that this new technology should help the driver avoid
collisions with pedestrians at speeds below 20 km/h. If the car is
being driven faster, the aim is to reduce the impact speed as much
as possible. In most cases, we can reduce the collision force by
about 75 percent," says Thomas Broberg.
This technology is also highly beneficial in the event of rear-end
impacts with other vehicles. Studies indicate that half of all
drivers who drive into another vehicle from behind do not brake
prior to the collision.
In such cases, Collision
Warning with Full Auto Brake can help entirely avoid a collision if
the relative speed difference between the two vehicles is less than
Visual warning on head-up display
In an emergency
situation, the driver first gets an audible warning together with a
flashing lightin the windscreen's head-up display. In order to
prompt an immediate, intuitive reaction, the visual warning is
designed to look like a brake light coming on in front.
If the driver does not
respond to the warning and the system assesses that a collision is
imminent, the car's full braking power is activated automatically.
The main aim is still
for the initial warning to be sufficient for the driver to brake or
manoeuvre away from the hazard. Full automatic braking is an
emergency measure that is only activated when the collision is
Upgraded Adaptive Cruise Control
Volvo Cars' Adaptive
Cruise Control (ACC) has now been upgraded with a queue assist
The radar-based Adaptive Cruise Control maintains the set time gap
to the vehicle in front all the way down to standstill, making this
comfort-enhancing system usable in slow-moving queues with repeated
starting and stopping.
CO2-emissions at 119g/km
The engine that Volvo
Cars has chosen for the Volvo S60 Concept is a four-cylinder
1.6-litre petrol unit using high-efficiency GTDi (Gasoline
Turbocharged Direct Injection) technology and producing 180
In a conventional petrol
engine, fuel is injected into the inlet manifold ahead of the inlet
valves. With direct injection, however, the fuel is injected
directly into the combustion chamber under high pressure.
The engine in combination with a range of other technical measures
makes it possible to cut carbon dioxide emissions to 119 g/km (5.0
Volvo Cars' first production car with GTDi technology will be
introduced during the second half of 2009.
Electric power steering, stratified combustion and other measures
In addition to GTDi technology, the Volvo S60 Concept integrates the
following technical features to bring CO2 emissions down to 119
combustion. The combustion chamber is designed such that a mist
consisting of the optimal blend of air and fuel is formed around
the spark plug, surrounded in turn by pure air. This allows the
engine to operate with a surplus of air, thus cutting fuel
Start/stop, a functionality that switches off the engine
when the car is at a standstill.
Powershift. Two manual gearboxes work in parallel, each
regulated by its own clutch.
EPAS (Electric Power Assisted Steering). In principle an
"electric servo" where the conventional hydraulic pump has been
replaced by an electric motor.
"DRIVe-Mode". Gives the driver the possibility of reducing fuel
consumption via an "economy mode" that limits the function of a
number of selected electrical or mechanical systems.
Grille shutter. A wind-deflecting panel that can be
closed to reduce air drag when there is less need for cooling
Flat underbody panels.
The use of lightweight materials in the car body.