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Details of the new additions to Volvo Australia’s showroom in 2014.


Volvo S60, V60, XC60 (April)

Volvo will introduce two all-new 2.0-litre four-cylinder engines to its S60, V60 and XC60 line-ups from April. Volvo Car Australia managing director Matt Braid told CarAdvice the local division would ideally launch both a petrol and a diesel engine from its all-new ‘Drive-E’ family simultaneously in its premium mid-sized sedan, wagon and SUV models, but is still deciding on the initial launch line-up and dealing with production availability. The first turbo diesel engine tipped for our market is the 135kW/400Nm D4. The new motor produces 15kW more than the current 2.0-litre five-cylinder D4, is roughly 2.5 seconds quicker from 0-100km/h (down to approximately 7.5-8.0secs across the three models), and is more than 30 per cent more fuel efficient (consuming a claimed 4.1-4.6L/100km on the combined cycle). The turbocharged 182kW/350Nm T5 is also a chance to replace the current 177kW/320Nm unit. It is more than a second quicker to 100km/h (under 6.5 seconds in the S60), and promises to reduce fuel consumption to high-5s/low-6s. European demand for front-wheel-drive models means new engines coupled with all-wheel drive – such as the twin-charged 228kW/400Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder T6 – will suffer a delayed production start date, and won’t arrive locally until the following year.


Volvo XC90

Launching 12 years after the original, it’s somewhat of an understatement to call the second-generation Volvo XC90 ‘long-awaited’. The Swedish brand’s large luxury SUV will debut at September’s Paris motor show before reaching Australian showrooms in early 2015. Teased in a handful of sketches, the XC90 will debut a new design language inspired by the striking Concept Coupe. The XC90 will also become the first model built on the car maker’s versatile Scalable Product Architecture, which features a high percentage of aluminium, promising reduced vehicle weight, increased fuel economy and enhanced performance characteristics. It will also embrace the company’s new Drive-E family of four-cylinder engines. A host of advanced safety technologies will also debut in the new SUV, including two claimed world firsts: a pedestrian detection and avoidance system that operates effectively at night, and a road edge and barrier detection and avoidance system. Combining adaptive cruise control with steer assist, the XC90 also promises to be able to drive autonomously at speeds up to around 50km/h.

  • Shak

    Considering the XC90 will be 12 years old by the time it launches, the design is remarkably similar to the existing model, and the current crop of Volvo’s. Now i know a ‘family design language’ is all the rage for Euro car makers nowadays, and i’m not saying that the current Volvo range are bad cars, but they could have tried to inject some more individualism and spark to the design of their best seller.

  • LowRezFez

    Who wants to pay over $50K for a hatch with a 350 litre boot? Anyone? I came out of a Volvo dealership with sticker shock after looking at a V40. No wonder Mercedes are selling so many cars.

    • tonyW

      First point – where in this article is the V40 even mentioned? Secondly, from an A-Class brochure I have the volume in the rear of an A-Class with seats up is 341 litres. When I went to school 350 was a larger number than 341.

      • LowRezFez

        My point is that Volvo is poor value these days.

        • guest123

          Disagree. Volvo represents good value imo!

          • DAVIDZ

            Good value 2nd hand, MASSIVE tear up for any stupid who would buy a new one [anyone??], you will die with your car trying to sell it and a massive loss at trade in
            A orphan brand, close to closing down for good in USA
            Need to be priced like Mazda, not a penny more, then still a risk

          • LowRezFez

            I have to agree, a V40 with auto and a few extras is nudging 50K on the road… Crazy money for a hatch, let alone a bit player like Volvo. I happen to like the looks of the V40 a lot, shame it’s priced beyond an A Class. If others here think Volvo is good buying… Then that’s fine with me, we all have our opinions.

          • LowRezFez

            That’s great if you think so. I was only expressing my personal opinion based on a visit to Volvo Doncaster.

    • Hjalle

      When I last checked my Volvo dealer told me a base V40 was about 35 plus on roads, which is where an A Class starts as well…

      • LowRezFez

        Glad you like the value.

    • Popper

      I quite like the V40, and would be happy to have one as our second car, but like you I find the pricing unacceptable. That’s why I see so few—almost none at all—V40s on the road here in Perth. Likewise the V60. I note that on another site that Volvo doesn’t even give the price anymore (“Get Price” instead). What does that tell you?

  • Zany

    Volvo is an acquired taste. Why they bring them here is beyond me. They are a nice car sure but seem out of place now in OZ. I guess in Europe the GFC is still being felt and folk aren’t buying cars especially in Spain and Greece . There’s car makes here that are out of place in OZ.

  • Kennyboye

    The thing about Volvo is that they will discount significantly for the more expensive models which makes them a bit more reasonable …

  • Cobrajet

    When there are going to make a new S80 and V70, I want to see if and how they will make a new station wagon, without reducing the boot space by more than half like on the V60.

  • Flauschi

    Wonna cry ? A Volvo V60 T6 Momentum (306HP) costs 46000AUD back in Europe … just like a XC60 D4 AWD Kintec. A V40 Cross Country T5 AWD Kintec (246 HP) costs 38000 AUD. I really wanted to buy one of those here in Oz but the local distributors of this Chinese brand obviously went totally gaga. Just to mention – a V40 is essentially a Ford Focus.

    • Flauschi

      Oh, BTW, these figures are with 19% VAT.

    • craig

      Agree. Volvos seem $10-15k overpriced here. An XC60 r design is $70k plus ORC in Australia – should be around $50k plus ORC I think. As for the V60, they are way overpriced here at $55k plus ORC for the cheapest version. I wonder what are the real driveaway prices that people are paying?

  • LBG

    Any news on the arrival of the 2014 S80 and V70 models to Australia? They have both received styling upgrades, with additional chrome highlights and look fantastic – a continued evolution of their simple and classic designs!

  • Zany

    No a ford focus is better designed and made and heaps cheaper.