Volvo S60 won't offer a diesel engine

Volvo ditches diesel

The S60 is set to be revealed next month and production for the saloon is set to start this autumn at Volvo Car's SC plant, which will be the only site to build the model.

Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson is clear in stating that the company's future is electric and that it will no longer develop a new generation of diesel engines.

Diesel's demise in Europe, the main market for the engine type, is accelerating with Volvo Cars saying it won't be offered for the upcoming S60 saloon as the shift to electrified cars takes shape. In fact, including the 2019 Volvo S60, all new Volvo models launched from 2019 will be available as either a mild petrol hybrid, plug-in petrol hybrid or battery electric vehicle.

"Diesel will be much more complicated for more consumers, and much more expensive, too" Samuelsson said to the FT. Kicking-off the move, the firm's new Volvo S60 saloon will be available with petrol and petrol hybrid power only. The S60's estate sibling, the V60, was launched earlier this year in Stockholm.

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A year ago the auto maker also committed to offering some form of electrified powertrain with every new model range from 2019. Last summer Volvo announced a commitment to launching every new vehicle with some form of electrification.

Volvo will produce the new S60 at its brand new Charleston, South Carolina assembly plant.

That said, even petrol engines will eventually be phased out, with Volvo referring to the hybrid models as a "transitional" stepping stone on the road to full electrification. The Charleston plant will be the only manufacturing location for the new S60, meaning American-built S60s will be sold in the U.S. market as well as overseas through exports.

A switch away from diesel cars could cause problems for authorities trying to meet Carbon dioxide emissions targets, as petrol cars typically emit more Carbon dioxide.

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