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Volvo to move away from diesel with new S60

Date: 16 May 2018   |   Author: Sean Keywood

Volvo has announced that its upcoming new S60 saloon will not be sold with a diesel engine.

The manufacturer previously suggested that its current generation of diesel engines could be its last, and announced last year that all its new cars launched from 2019 would have an element of electric drive, either with a hybrid or fully electric powertrain.

However, it has now confirmed the new S60 will be the first modern Volvo without a diesel engine.

The new S60 is yet to be revealed, but it will be based on the same platform as the V60 estate, which was launched earlier this year and is available with diesel engines.

Instead, the S60 will be launched with a choice of petrol and plug-in hybrid powertrains, with mild-hybrid versions to follow next year.

Volvo president and CEO Hakan Samuelsson said: "Our future is electric and we will no longer develop a new generation of diesel engines.

"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."

Volvo says the new S60 will be launched later this spring, with production to start this autumn.