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 all-new S60 will be one of the strongest players in a segment
where the competition is razor-sharp," says Volvo Cars President and CEO
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.
"The concept car's exterior gives a clear indication of what customers can
expect of the all-new S60. On the inside we've been even more daring,"
says Volvo Cars Design Director Steve Mattin.
inspiration and drama
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 â€˜faceâ€™.
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 â€˜Warm Liquid Copperâ€™ livery.
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.
Inspiration from Viking
In each of the headlamps,
the lights create a silhouette of two miniature Viking longboats sailing side
by side, one for main beam and one for dipped beam. When driving in the dark,
the light is reflected from the concealed, upward-facing High Performance LED
bulbs, projected ahead by the ships' filled sails.
Inspiration from the
models, you will see more and more of our â€˜racetrackâ€™ design cues. The car's
lines do not end abruptly but instead forge a continuous flow pattern inspired
by the fast sweeps of the racing track. In the concept car, this is
particularly visible at the rear," says Steve Mattin.
The tail lamps, which follow the curve of the rear shoulders, are as advanced
as the headlamps. When switched off, the lamp panels show no trace of the
traditional red or yellow. But when activated, the position marker lights,
brake lights and turn indicators come on in their correct colours. The solid glass
panel is sectioned into horizontal â€˜slicesâ€™.
At the rear there is also a retractable diffuser that adjusts with vehicle
speed to give better aerodynamic properties.
future design direction
With the interior of the
Volvo S60 Concept, Volvo Cars' design director Steve Mattin and his team are
displaying a variety of new ideas. The interior is packed with exciting
details, all of which together create a Scandinavian fresh light feeling.
"You could say that we are showing the road we would like to take in the
future. This interior is without doubt the most exclusive we have ever
created," says Steve Mattin.
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.
The floating theme continues
in the concept car's slim, lightweight contoured seats, made of soft Light
Blond leather with contrasting stitching. The seats are attached to the centre
console's lower section and inner sill, which means that they don't actually
touch the floor. Both the seat belt and the armrest are integrated into the
seat itself. The backrest's pony-tail slot, first featured in previous concept
cars, has a new, slightly asymmetrical design.
"The aim is to create a pleasant living-room atmosphere with gentle, invisible
transfers between the various surfaces. For instance, the dark, ecologically
tanned saddle leather on the floor continues up on the lower part of the
door," relates Steve Mattin.
The upper part of the doors is faced with genuine blond birch wood of the same
colour as the Scandinavian coastline's salt- and sun-bleached wooden piers and
detects pedestrians in the danger zone
The S60 Concept also
presents a safety innovation that can detect a pedestrian who steps out into the
path of the car and the car's full braking power is automatically activated if
the driver does not respond to the danger. The technology, Collision Warning
with Full Auto Brake and pedestrian detection, will be introduced in the
all-new Volvo S60.
"Up until now, we have focused on helping the driver avoid collisions with
other vehicles. Now we are taking a giant step forward with a system that also
boosts safety for unprotected road-users. New sensor technology also makes it
possible to advance from 50 percent to full automatic braking power. To our
knowledge, none of our competitors has made such progress in this area,"
explains Thomas Broberg, safety expert at Volvo Cars.
Avoids collisions at
speeds below 12mph
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.
Visual warning on
In an emergency situation,
the driver first gets an audible warning together with a flashing light in the
windscreen's head-up display. In order to prompt an immediate, intuitive
reaction, the visual warning is designed to look like a brake light coming on
in front. If the driver does not respond to the warning and the system assesses
that a collision is imminent, the car's full braking power is activated
The main aim is still for the initial warning to be sufficient for the driver
to brake or manoeuvre away from the hazard. Full automatic braking is an
emergency measure that is only activated when the collision is imminent.
Volvo Cars' Adaptive Cruise
Control (ACC) has now been upgraded with a queue assist function.
The radar-based Adaptive Cruise Control maintains the set time gap to the
vehicle in front all the way down to standstill, making this comfort-enhancing
system usable in slow-moving queues with repeated starting and stopping.
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 horsepower.
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
Volvo Cars' first
production car with GTDi technology will be introduced during the second half
Bringing down CO2 emissions
In addition to GTDi
technology, the Volvo S60 Concept uses the following technical features to
bring CO2 emissions down to 119g/km:
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.
a functionality that switches off the engine when the car is at a standstill.
Two manual gearboxes work in parallel, each regulated by its own clutch.
(Electric Power Assisted Steering). In principle an â€˜electric servoâ€™ where the
conventional hydraulic pump has been replaced by an electric motor.
Gives the driver the possibility of reducing fuel consumption via an â€˜economy
modeâ€™ that limits the function of a number of selected electrical or mechanical
shutter. A wind-deflecting panel that can be closed to reduce air drag when
there is less need for cooling air.
use of lightweight materials in the car body.