Petrol and petrol-hybrid drivetrains only for new sedan

The Volvo S60 will be the first model from the company in many generations to not feature a diesel engine option.

Production of the new S60 begins in the northern autumn at the company's new factory in Charleston, South Carolina. Volvo says its new American plant will be the car's sole manufacturing point.

Riding on Volvo's Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), the new S60 will share a lot in common with the recently unveiled V60 wagon.

When it goes on sale, the S60 will only be available with versions of Volvo's 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, including two plug-in hybrid variants.

We suspect, although it hasn't be confirmed, the S60 will share the V60's petrol engine options. These include the supercharged and turbocharged 228kW/400Nm T6, 251kW/590Nm T6 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid, and 288kW/640Nm T8 plug-in hybrid.

Mild-hybrid drivetrains will be offered from 2019.

Above: Volvo V60. Top: Leaked photo of the new S60.

“Our future is electric and we will no longer develop a new generation of diesel engines,” Håkan Samuelsson, Volvo Cars' CEO, said in a prepared statement.

“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.”

Last year Volvo announced that all new cars launched from 2019 will only be available with electrified drivetrains, whether they be mild-hybrid, plug-in hybrid or fully electric.

Since then the Swedish brand has confirmed it is aiming to derive half of all its sales from electric vehicles by 2025.