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  • A Closer Look at Volvo’s 60 Cluster: V60, S60, XC60

    1/20/2014
    A Closer Look at Volvo’s 60 Cluster: V60, S60, XC60

    A Closer Look at Volvo’s 60 Cluster: V60, S60, XC60

     

    Introduction

     

    Volvo Car Group is amid a major $11 billion strategy to boost the Swedish automaker’s position in the global marketplace. That’s highlighted by development of a new vehicle architecture and engine family that will assure the company’s future is bright and technologically independent of previous ownership.

     

    Volvo’s transformation continues to unfold, highlighted by the company’s most significant product refresh of existing models for 2014, the well-celebrated arrival of the dynamic V60 sportswagon in model year 2015, and the debut of Drive-E powertrains  — with a new family of powerful, lightweight, low-emission engines yielding class-leading fuel economy. Balancing power and efficiency, the “no compromise” engines, developed in-house by Volvo in Sweden, can also be augmented with electrification for even greater power and efficiency.

     

    Heart of the Volvo Lineup

     

    The 60 cluster — comprising the S60, XC60 and now the V60 — represents the best-selling and most popular Volvo cars in the U.S. market. They emanate Scandinavian design, which is exemplified by beautiful, clean lines and surfaces. This is evident in the redesigned interior and exterior of the 60 cars, following a significant refresh in MY2014 and unchanged in MY2015. Inside, the attention to detail, the authentic materials and the easy-to-use controls contribute to the in-command driving experience.

     

    There are several other examples of the almost obsessive attention to detail in the 60 cluster cars. The previously visible washer nozzles have been relocated out of sight under the hood. The radar cover has been redesigned to practically make it disappear in the grill. A new grill design and the new bigger “Ironmark” Volvo badge enhances the new cars’ self-confident look.

     

    Additionally, the 60 cluster cars offer an extended wheel choice with a variety of designs that increase the personalization possibilities for customers.

     

    New Drive-E Powertrains Deliver Efficient Power

     

    Two gasoline Drive-E engines are offered in the United States, a 240-horsepower version and a higher performance 302-horsepower version. In the United States, Volvo will continue to offer its current lineup of AWD powertrains, along with Drive-E, currently front-drive only. As a result, U.S. customers can choose between the new engines and some current engines until Volvo transitions solely to Drive-E.

     

    Drive-E powertrains efficiently deliver performance that was once only thought possible with six or eight cylinders. Those possibilities will further expand in the future when the Drive-E engines are teamed with electrification. The first model to offer this combination will be the all-new Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrid.

     

    The smaller, lighter engines — by nearly 100 pounds on the higher performance engine — also offer considerably lower emissions and higher fuel economy savings (240 horsepower and 37 mpg highway)  — ranging from 13 to 26 percent depending on the engine to which they are compared.

     

    Technical Features of Drive-E

     

    Every 2015 model will offer Drive-E powertrains. The new engine family reflects clever design features to maximize the engine's efficiency, as well as provide dynamic drivability and performance. Drive-E powertrains offer many technical features:

     

    Friction reduction: Friction-reduction measures have been employed throughout the engine, including ball bearings on the camshaft, high-speed continuous variable valve timing and intelligent heat management with a fully variable electric water pump.

     

    Start-Stop and Brake Regeneration: All Drive-E engines feature start-stop and brake regeneration. The technology uses brake pressure measurement to trigger when to stop and start the engine. The start/stop system is programmed to shut down the engine immediately when the car reaches a standstill. An electric pump keeps oil pressure up in the automatic gearbox while the engine is stopped. The system also includes an improved starter engine.

     

    Turbo Only or Turbo and Supercharger: Using the supercharger to boost the low end torque gives the gasoline 302-horsepower T6 engine a big, naturally aspirated feel. The mechanically linked compressor starts to function immediately at low revs, while the turbocharger kicks in when the airflow builds up.

     

    Eight-speed gearbox: To deliver the desired responsive, smooth and fuel-efficient drivability, the engines are teamed either with a new eight-speed automatic gearbox tuned for improved efficiency.

     

    Eco Functions with Drive-E

     

    Drive-E is Volvo’s name for all innovations made to reduce the impact on the environment. New ECO+ fuel-saving functionality of Drive-E powertrains also makes its debut in 2015, optimizing shift points, engine control and throttle response. When activated by the driver, ECO+ can improve fuel economy by five percent depending on driving style, temperature and climate.

     

    ECO+ functions include:

    • Start/Stop – Automatically stops the engine when the vehicle comes to a stop. The engine restarts when the driver releases the brake pedal.
    • ECO-coast – Helps conserve kinetic energy by enabling the vehicle to coast. The engine “brake” is disengaged and engine speed drops to idle speed when pressure on the accelerator is released.
    • ECO-climate – The air conditioning compressor is disconnected to reduce auxiliary loads. Pressing the AC button restarts cooling or the driver can deactivate ECO+.

     

    Pricing and Fuel Economy

     

    V60, S60 and XC60 comprise Volvo’s 60 cluster of cars. In V60 the Scandinavian automaker reaches a new level of design and sophistication, blending styling cues from its best-selling S60 sedan, with a sleek, silhouette. The V60 is for people who want the handling of a dynamic sports sedan but with added versatility. At the heart of that versatility is its intelligent seating. Rear seats can be folded down in three 40/20/40 segments, allowing its interior space to be configured for passengers and loaded in a remarkably flexible way.

     

    V60 features front-drive power from Volvo’s new Drive-E family and engines from Volvo’s existing AWD lineup:

    • The front-drive, two-liter, Drive-E V60, making 240 horsepower and 258 lbs.-feet of torque, starts at $35,300. It benefits from Volvo’s new 8-speed automatic transmission, goes zero to 60 in 6.1 seconds and makes 37 mpg highway and combined 29 mpg.
      • An all-wheel-drive version, powered by Volvo’s five-cylinder engine, making 250 horsepower and 266 lbs.-feet of torque, starts at $36,800 and moves zero to 60 in 6.6 seconds.
      • At the top of the power heap is the all-wheel-drive V60 R-Design, making 325 horsepower and 354 lbs.-feet of torque, starting at $44,300. 

     

    All V60 models include a moonroof as standard equipment. 

     

    Volvo’s best-selling S60 sedan boasts a strong engine offering, including both 240-horsepower and 302-horsepower Drive-E engines. Sporting the elegant design of its recent refresh — giving it all-new exterior panels from the A-pillars forward, including a new hood, front fenders and fascia — the S60’s powerful road presence exhibits a self-confident stance.

     

    The 2015 S60 lineup starts at $33,300 for the 240-horsepower Drive-E, making a class-leading, 37 mpg highway and combined 29 mpg, while the front-drive Drive-E with 302-horsepower lists for $38,150, making a class-leading 35 mpg highway and 28 mpg combined. The T5 AWD five-cylinder starts at $34,800. The new sport package comprising sport seats, paddle shifters, 19-inch BOR diamond cut alloy wheels and dynamic chassis remains standard on cars badged T6 and optional on the T5 sedans. The S60 R-Design starts at $42,700.

     

    The third member of Volvo’s 60 cluster is the XC60, offering the broadest engines choices of all models for 2015. Significant exterior design changes emphasize the dynamic, capable nature of the XC60. The popular crossover, which benefits from the miserly fuel economy of Drive-E engines, starts at $35,750 in front-drive Drive-E with the 240-horsepower, making 31 mpg highway and 27 mpg combined, and the front-drive Drive-E with the 302-horsepower, making 30 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined. Other engine offerings are the 3.2 six-cylinder AWD, six-cylinder 300-horsepower AWD and the R-Design starting at $45,800.

     

    Model

    MSRP

    City /   Highway

    Combined

    S60

    S60   T5 Drive-E FWD

    $33,300

    25 / 37

    29

    S60   T5 AWD

    $34,800

    20 / 29

    23

    S60   T6 Drive-E FWD

    $38,150

    24 / 35

    28

    S60   T6 R-Design AWD

    $42,700

    19 / 28

    22

    V60

    V60   T5 Drive-E FWD

    $35,300

    25 / 37

    29

    V60   T5 AWD

    $36,800

    20 / 29

    23

    V60   T6 R-Design AWD

    $44,300

    19 / 28

    22

    XC60

    XC60   T5 Drive-E FWD

    $35,750

    24 / 31

    27

    XC60   3.2 AWD

    $37,250

    18 / 25

    20

    XC60   T6 Drive-E FWD

    $40,050

    22 / 30

    25

    XC60   T6 AWD

    $41,550

    17 / 24

    20

    XC60   T6 R-Design AWD

    $45,800

    17 / 24

    20

     

    Outstanding Comfort and Convenience

     

    All-new instrument clusters help the driver stay informed of the car’s dynamic capabilities. An adaptive digital display is standard on most T5-badged cars, based on trim levels, plus all T6-badged AWD and R-Design models. The easy-to-read Thin Film Transistor (TFT) design allows drivers to select from three different themes:

     

    • Elegance has a traditional appearance with a large, circular speedometer bordered by secondary displays.
    • Eco features green background illumination with an Eco meter displayed on the left.
    • Performance has red background illumination for a more dynamic look. A tachometer replaces the speedometer while vehicle speed is shown digitally. The right display includes a power meter gauge that informs the driver how much power is available and how much is being used at any given moment.

     

    Volvo’s long-standing tradition for providing supportive and comfortable seats to help reduce fatigue on long drives continues with newly designed sport seats, standard on T6-badged AWD cars and available on T5-badged cars with the optional Sport Package. As the perfect addition to the in-command feel of a true driver’s car, these seats provide added side support from the thighs to the shoulders to help keep the driver firmly in position in quick corners.

     

    Infotainment: Sensus and Sensus Connected Touch Accessory

     

    The Volvo Sensus system lets drivers manage information from the audio unit, navigation system (if equipped) and other functions, displaying them onto a seven-inch high-definition color monitor in the upper part of the center console. It allows the driver to explore the high-tech features of the vehicle and personalize them to suit his or her needs.

     

    Sensus Connected Touch, available as an accessory, connects the car to the Internet and enables drivers and passengers to use various embedded applications that will enhance the driving experience — all through a touchscreen solution that can even be used while wearing gloves. The user has access to full Internet browsing (except when driving), Internet music streaming and Internet radio, Google maps, integrated navigation and an app store for new function upgrades.

     

    IntelliSafe: Systems Supporting the Driver

     

     

    IntelliSafe is Volvo’s name for all active safety systems. S60 and XC60 have been awarded Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. What else would you expect in a Volvo?

    • At the core of IntelliSafe is the world-first City Safety, Volvo’s low-speed collision-avoidance technology, which was introduced in 2009 on the all-new 2010 Volvo XC60. Fitted as standard, this advanced safety system works at speeds of up to 31 mph.
    • Cars in the 60 cluster can be specified with the enhanced Blind Sport Information System (BLIS), which is now radar-based. The technology can also monitor and alert the driver to rapidly approaching vehicles behind the car, while still informing the driver about vehicles in the blind spots on both sides of the car.
    • They can also get Pedestrian Detection with full auto brake (first introduced on the all-new 2011 Volvo S60), which watches out for people walking into the car's path, as well as the new and groundbreaking Cyclist Detection with full auto brake, which detects and automatically brakes for cyclists swerving out in front of the car.
    • Cross Traffic Alert is a feature that uses the radar sensors at the rear end of the car to alert the driver to crossing traffic from the sides when reversing out of a parking space. This is especially helpful in tight and crowded areas where the side view may be restricted.
    • Road Sign Information supports the driver by displaying road signs on the instrument display.

    Two technologies are introduced with Drive-E engines.

    • Lane Keeping Aid — available on Drive-E S60 and V60s only and as part of the Technology Package— helps prevent accidents that may occur by unintentionally drifting out of a lane. The system uses the forward looking camera to identify road lane markings and applies steering torque to guide the vehicle back into the lane.
    • Park Assist Pilot, available on Drive-E S60 and V60s only, offers a semi-automatic parallel parking option.

     

    Volvo Car Group is amid a major $11 billion strategy to boost the Swedish automaker’s position in the global marketplace. That’s highlighted by development of a new vehicle architecture and engine family that will assure the company’s future is bright and technologically independent of previous ownership.
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