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 new 90 series and 60 series cars.
Volvo president and CEO Hakan Samuelsson said: "Our future is electric and we will no longer develop a new generation of diesel engines".
However, the upcoming Volvo S60 marks a turning point, being the first modern-day vehicle from the manufacturer to not be offered with a diesel engine option. In fact, including the 2019 Volvo S60, all new Volvo models launched from 2019 will be available as either a mild petrol hybrid, plug-in petrol hybrid or battery electric vehicle.
Next Volvo S60 won't offer diesel option
Although diesels now emit more Carbon dioxide per kilometer than their petrol counterparts, Samuelson said hybridisation will help match figures achieved by diesels.
It is set to be launched within the next few weeks, becoming the first modern Volvo to be produced without a diesel option.
Instead, Volvo will launch the next-generation S60 with four-cylinder engines and two plug-in hybrid powertrains.
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That said, even petrol engines will eventually be phased out, with Volvo referring to the hybrid models as a "transitional" stepping stone on the road to full electrification.
As for the auto itself, the new-gen Volvo S60 sedan is based on the company's versatile Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), which now also underpins SUV and Estate cousins - the new XC60 and V60. The company remains committed to introduce mild hybrid versions starting next year.
The decision to make a diesel-free S60 doesn't affect Americans.
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Production of the new S60 will start at Volvo's recently constructed plant outside of Charleston, South Carolina.
The transition Samuelsson is talking about won't happen overnight.
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