When it comes to improving the appeal of their cars, Volvo had been running in a pretty brisk pace over the last few years. The goofy-looking bulges of these Swedish cars introduced in a range-wide facelift half-a-decade ago were quickly phased out by the the crisp, handsome lines that adorn the body of the new XC series SUVs and S90 sedan. Now, trickling this design down to the lower rung of the sedan ladder, comes the all-new 2019 Volvo S60.
We’ve never been fans of wagons. Wagon-love is only a thing among bloggers who claim to be car enthusiasts, yet drive about in boring cars that are not wagons. The idea of unassuming powerful wagons is cute as well, but doesn’t work in a flamboyant market such as ours, where looks are everything and power cannot be used anywhere. However, this Volvo V60 Polestar has caught our fancy in a big way.
Volvo was by no means the first company to create the lift-kit car market, but it certainly has the largest range nowadays. Volvo introduced its first Cross Country model back in 1997, and has since expanded the lineup with lifted versions of the V40, V60 and V70, all of which were wagons. This here is the S60 Cross Country, their first ever lifted sedan.
Volvo has unveiled the facelifted versions of the V70, XC70 and S80 as well as the ’60’ series models, including the S60, V60 and XC60 models, at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
Here is our exclusive video of the 2011 Volvo S60 in a demonstration of its City Safety features, at the launch event in Dubai a few months ago. The camerawork is by our photographer Faisal Khatib, with narration and driving by Volvo representatives.
Most of you people aren’t even interested in Volvo. Neither were we. The only Volvo we drove previously was the XC60, which was technically advanced but dynamically underwhelming. Then we drove the all-new S60 2.0T recently. Stuck behind a slow Gulf News journalist on a track convoy, we didn’t get much out of that event. Now we got the S60 T6 for five days. And the car is phenomenal, hot damnit.
It is rather amazing how some car manufacturers are actually going backwards in design and creating dullards like the “all-new” VW Passat, the Audi A6 and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. And then there are some manufacturers whose newest models pretty much look as if they belong at an auto show as a concept car. Like the Infiniti M, the Hyundai Sonata, the Kia Optima, and now the 2011 Volvo S60.
The U.S. NHTSA safety agency has announced two factory recalls for the Volvo XC60 and various other older Volvo models involving problems with fuel systems. The recall covers more than 140,000 vehicles manufactured since 2000.
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