Volvo S60 2019 first drive
“No that’s old Volvo,” says the Swedish brand’s designer when I lament the loss of its bright blue hue, famous for its Polestar models and affectionately known as Swedish Racing Blue.
Those days of garish colours with funny nicknames are over. This is new Volvo.
Not only is the new S60 sedan the latest addition to the Swedish brand’s line-up, it also marks a clear turning point in the company since its take-over by Chinese brand Geely. Gone is the bold but unsophisticated S60 Polestar produced by the company’s former racing team of the same name.
Instead before the designer and I sits the new Volvo S60 Polestar Engineered, which will be the flagship of the new S60 range when it hits Australian roads in late 2019. Cementing its status as a more mature offering, it’s painted in a deep and rich burgundy.
That alone is a new sense of confidence from Volvo, as if the brand no longer has to jump up-and-down and wave its arms to be noticed among the cool kids - the established German triumvirate of Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi.
Whats special about the new S60?
While based on the same ‘SPA’ underpinnings as the V60, XC60, S90 and XC90, the S60 won’t be built in Sweden like those models. Instead it’s being produced in a new factory in Charleston, South Carolina - making it the first Volvo car built in the USA.
One of the key reasons for that is the sustained popularity of sedans in the US market, where SUVs are rising but the traditional four-door is still preferred by many luxury buyers.