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19 March 2014

Volvo refreshes the S80

New family look, tweaked interiors and more safety tech for the revised S80...

Devesh Shobha
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This is the new Volvo S80, launched at the first exclusive Volvo Lounge inaugurated at Terminal 3, IGI airport in Delhi.

The facelifted S80 now gets the new family look with a new, smaller grille, new headlamps with day-time running lights and revised front and rear bumpers. On the inside, there's a new digital instrument cluster, which is similar to the ones found on the smaller S60 and XC60 as well.

Volvo has simplified the S80's trim levels. With the revised car there will be two diesel engines on offer – the powerful 215bhp engine as D5, and the base 163bhp motor as D4. The D5 Summum is powered by a 5-cyl, 215bhp, 440Nm, 2.4-litre turbo diesel, while the D4 Summum gets a 5-cyl, 163bhp, 400Nm, 2.0-litre turbo diesel motor. Both engines are teamed with a 6-speed auto box with top speed limited to 215kph (D4) and 225kph (D5). The D5 variant also gets paddle shifts as standard.

Being a Volvo, safety is a given and the S80 gets the new 'City Safety' feature which works up to speeds of 50kph. What it basically does is – if this laser based technology senses an emergency, it pre-charges the brakes to improve braking, or even cuts down speeds on its own if there is a delay in applying brakes. Then, there is a full set of airbags, whiplash protection for front seat passengers and intelligent driver information system too.

The Volvo S80 competes with the Mercedes E-Class, Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series, and the revised S80 with its improved features and safety tech, combined with competitive pricing, is better equipped to take on to the Big Three. The D4 Summum is priced at Rs 41.35 lakh, while the D5 retails at Rs 44.8 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi.

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