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Volvo sounds ‘electric’ bugle

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Volvo was amongst the first car companies to announce that it will let go off fossil-fuelled cars and instead concentrate on “cleaner” electric power for the near future. Sounded ambitious but the Swedish carmaker is taking steps towards the claim. Volvo has announced that the upcoming S60, expected to get a global launch later this year, will be its first car in its range to skip diesel motor. From now on, the Swedish carmaker will use a mild petrol hybrid engine, a petrol powered plug-in hybrid or a battery-powered motor, which the S60 will be available with.

Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars says, “We will phase out cars with only an internal combustion engine, with petrol hybrid versions as a transitional option as we move towards full electrification. The new S60 represents the next step in that commitment.”

The upcoming S60 will be based on Volvo’s SPA platform and will share its underpinnings with its big brother, the S90. Along with the signature ‘Thor’s Hammer’ shaped headlamps, expect most of the features of the S90 to be carried on to its younger sibling, the S60.

The upcoming mid-size sedan will be offered in a range of four-pot petrol engines as well as plug-in hybrids.  While the torque figure on both the engine remains the same – 400Nm – the plug-in hybrid motor develops 384bhp and the petrol-powered engine churns out 306bhp.

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