Next Volvo S60 won't offer diesel option

16 May, 2018, 13:18 | Author: Regina Silva
  • Front of a Volvo hybrid car. The Swedish company is at the vanguard of the push to electrification. Phil Noble  Reuters

If you're a company vehicle driver, you'll have noted that the company auto tax banding starts at 25% and from £97 a month in benefit in kind tax.

That's because there will be no diesel option in the range for the first time.

Nothing was mentioned about Volvo's plans with regard to the medium form of electrification - hybrid powertrains (HEVs) with a high-voltage battery that can not be charged externally, like Toyota's and Lexus' Hybrid Synergy Drive.

Diesel's demise in Europe, the main market for the engine type, is accelerating with Volvo Cars saying it won't be offered for the upcoming S60 sedan as the shift to electrified cars takes shape. Volvo has made the announcement highlighting it as a commitment to a long-term future beyond traditional combustion engine. To this effect, the Swedish automaker "will phase out cars with only an internal combustion engine, with petrol hybrid versions as a transitional option as we move towards full electrification".

As mentioned above, the new S60 will be the first new Volvo without a diesel option.

Instead, the S60 will be launched with a choice of petrol and plug-in hybrid powertrains, with mild-hybrid versions to follow next year.

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Volvo made headlines a year ago by announcing all new cars from 2019 will feature some form of hybridisation or electrification.

The new S60, a premium mid-size sports saloon, is based on Volvo's in-house-developed Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, which also underpins the company's award-winning new 90 series and 60 series cars.

The S60 will be the last Volvo to launch with conventional, non-hybridised petrol engines as the mild-hybrid derivatives are only expected to come on stream in 2019.

Production of the new S60 will start at Volvo's recently constructed plant outside of Charleston, South Carolina.

The decision to make a diesel-free S60 doesn't affect Americans.

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