Volvo released photos and details of a new concept version of its S60 sedan. This concept shows the model's, and Volvo's, future design and technology direction, which includes advanced safety systems and impressive interior materials.
Volvo S60 concept
Volvo showed off ideas for the next generation of its S60 sedan in the form of this S60 concept, featuring standard concept car touches like a pillar-less roof, outlandish interior, LED headlights, and a grille shutter to make the car more aerodynamic when the engine doesn't need as much cooling.
To comport with new European regulations, the S60 concept is designed for low CO2 emissions, coming in at 119 grams per kilometer. That low number thanks to a new 1.6-liter turbocharged direct-injection four cylinder engine. Electric power steering also helps reduce gas usage and CO2 emissions. The car also has start/stop, to switch on the engine during traffic stops.
According to Volvo, the LED headlight structures, within the lenses, are designed to look like Viking long boats with full sails. We don't really see it in the picture, but if Volvo takes this idea beyond the concept stage, better hide the livestock.
Safety has long been a Volvo hallmark, and the S60 concept incorporates new electronic systems along this theme. This picture shows the pedestrian warning in action, where the car detects a person in its path and alerts the driver. If the driver doesn't react, the car hits the brakes, either avoiding a hit or mitigating the damage.
The center stack controls are concept car unique, with a Powershift lever that works a double-clutch gearbox. (No, we can't figure out how it works form the picture, either.) A touch panel gives access to car infotainment functions, such as navigation, audio, and telephone.
For a really wild element, Volvo makes the center stack out of something called Orrefors crystal, which extends along the top of the console to the rear seats. We're sure it's very nice, but can't imagine finding it in a production car.