Here are the first images of the Volvo
S60 Concept car which will be unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show in
early January 2009. The Concept gives an indication of what the all-new
Volvo S60 will look like when it's launched in 2010.
The coupe-inspired lines that gave the
original S60 its characteristic stance are more pronounced in this next
generation. "The sporty design gives a visual promise of an enthusiastic
drive and I can assure you that the all-new S60 will live up to that
promise. The driving properties are better than in any previous Volvo,"
says Stephen Odell, President of Volvo Cars.
The front of the S60 Concept sports the enlarged iron mark in
the trapezoidal grille. The two lamps that flank the grille emphasise
the vertical stance of the front and highlight the bonnet's V-shape. The
angled headlamps flow up into the strongly sculptured bonnet and,
combined with the lower air intake's reverse trapezoidal shape, this
gives the concept car a very expressive ‘face’.
Viewed from the side, the concept car's
slim coupe roofline and window graphics are accompanied by an entirely
new shoulder line, forming a gentle double wave, stretching from the
headlamps all the way to the rear. Both the seven-spoke 20-inch wheels
and the tread of the low-profile tyres have been specially designed,
while the bronze-painted brake callipers match the ‘Warm Liquid Copper’
The unique rear parallelogram doors
offer a spectacular show when they are opened and closed. Door opening
is initiated by pressing a button and the movement starts off in the
traditional way. In the next phase, the forward section swings out away
from the car's body and the door glides parallel with the side of the
car until it reaches its end position by the rear wheel.
Interior indicates future
With the interior of the Volvo S60 Concept, Volvo Cars' design
director Steve Mattin and his team are displaying a variety of new
ideas. In the middle of the four-seater car
sits the floating centre stack made out of handmade, solid Orrefors
crystal. It floats like a gentle wave from the instrument panel all the
way to the rear seat backrest. The driver's environment has been designed to provide good
visibility and convenient control.
The combined instrument too has the centre stack's floating, almost
weightless feel about it and is built up in several layers.
"The speedometer is
designed as a three-dimensional glass spiral. The low numbers appear
closest to the eye and the figures appear to be increasingly distant as
you accelerate. The idea is that the speedometer should provide a visual
reminder of the forward motion," explains Steve Mattin.
Avoids collisions at speeds
The car's speed has a significant effect on the result of a
collision with a pedestrian. If speed drops from 31mph to 18mph, the
chance of a pedestrian's survival increases.
"Our aim is that this new
technology should help the driver avoid collisions with pedestrians at
speeds below 12mph. If the car is being driven faster, the aim is to
reduce the impact speed as much as possible. In most cases, we can
reduce the collision force by about 75 percent," says Thomas Broberg.
This technology is also
highly beneficial in the event of rear-end impacts with other vehicles.
Studies indicate that half of all drivers who drive into another vehicle
from behind do not brake prior to the collision. In such cases,
Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake can help entirely avoid a
collision if the relative speed difference between the two vehicles is
less than 15mph.
The engine that Volvo Cars has chosen for the Volvo S60 Concept
is a four-cylinder 1.6-litre petrol unit using high-efficiency GTDi
(Gasoline Turbocharged Direct Injection) technology and producing 180
In a conventional petrol engine, fuel
is injected into the inlet manifold ahead of the inlet valves. With
direct injection, however, the fuel is injected directly into the
combustion chamber under high pressure. The engine in combination with a
range of other technical measures makes it possible to cut carbon
dioxide emissions to 119g/km.
Volvo Cars' first production car with
GTDi technology will be introduced during the second half of 2009.
Bringing down CO2
In addition to GTDi technology, the Volvo S60 Concept uses the
following technical features to bring CO2 emissions down to
- Stratified combustion. The
combustion chamber is designed such that a mist consisting of the
optimal blend of air and fuel is formed around the spark plug,
surrounded in turn by pure air. This allows the engine to operate
with a surplus of air, thus cutting fuel consumption.
- Start/stop, a functionality that
switches off the engine when the car is at a standstill.
- Powershift. Two manual gearboxes
work in parallel, each regulated by its own clutch.
- EPAS (Electric Power Assisted
Steering). In principle an ‘electric servo’ where the conventional
hydraulic pump has been replaced by an electric motor.
- ‘DRIVe-Mode’. Gives the driver the
possibility of reducing fuel consumption via an ‘economy mode’ that
limits the function of a number of selected electrical or mechanical
- Grille shutter. A wind-deflecting
panel that can be closed to reduce air drag when there is less need
for cooling air.
- Flat underbody panels.
- The use of lightweight materials
in the car body.