The 2009 Volvo S60 Concept which was first displayed at
the 2009 Detroit Motor Show is a preview of the
production 2010 Volvo S60.
Over the last few years Volvo have really started to bring
their styling up to par with the opposition, even if it
has been a little bland. The S60 Concept displays a new
styling direction which is far more daring than any previous
models from the manufacturer. At the front there are sleek
headlights, prominent grilles, and a sculpted hood with
integrated air intakes. Down the sides there is a strong
shoulder line which runs the entire length of the car
and helps define the wheel arches. At the rear are stylish
arched taillights and stylized tailpipes.
The unusual pillarless door mechanism consists of conventional
front-hinged front doors, and innovative rear hinged back
doors which swing back and out. Although this feature
stands almost zero chance of making it through to production,
it's nice to know that the designers and engineers are
still coming up with new solutions to everyday problems.
The interior of the Volvo S60 Concept has a light and
airy feel thanks to the pillarless side windows and a
full glass roof. The use of light colored materials helps
to accentuate the feeling of space. Highlights of the
S60 Concepts interior include a floating centre console
and an advanced digital dash display.
Like all Volvo models the S60 Concept puts safety high
up on the list of priorities. The S60 Concept is the first
vehicle to be fitted with Volvo's Collision Warning with
Full Auto Brake. This system uses a camera, radar and
computer to help eliminate low speed (under 12 mph) collisions,
and also seriously reduce impact forces in higher speed
accidents. The system will also apply the brakes to maximum
effect without driver input if it detects a collision-imminent
Powering the 2009 Volvo S60 Concept is a GTDi (gasoline
turbocharged direct-injection) four-cylinder engine which
develops 179 horsepower. This is connected to a Powershift
dual-clutch gearbox. The engine is equipped with start/stop
functionality and an "DRIVe" economy mode. These
features help the S60 Concept achieve fuel economy in
the region of 47mpg and CO2 emissions under 120g/km.
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