Friday, June 10, 2011

2011 Volvo S60 Review

The new Volvo S60 made its international debut at the Geneva Motor Show Tuesday, March 2, 2010. It starts in one of the most competitive segments of the automotive world with the support of an elegant coupe and new features, driving dynamics and innovative technology for the detection of pedestrian safety.



In its general form, the new Volvo S60 is a coupe, sportier and more distinctive than any other Volvo. In its design, which promises excellent driving characteristics, even before driving. For the highest level of driving pleasure, the chassis team has refined every detail that affects the ability of driving a car and improve the driving experience to offer the most dynamic ride ever seen before in a Volvo.

The new S60 line will be available from launch with a choice of two diesel and gasoline engines, including an adjustment of high performance 3.0-liter T6 petrol version with 304bhp, a 2.4-liter D5 205bhp 2.0-liter engine D3 163bhp. DRIVe versions powered by a 1.6-liter diesel engine with CO2 emissions of around 115g/km and fuel economy to 65.7mpg (combined cycle, provisional figure) will join the range 2011.


DESIGN

In its general form, the all-new Volvo S60 four-door coupe - sportier and sharper than any previous Volvo.

The C-pillar of the new Volvo S60 extends all the way to the taillights - and the coupe-like roof plate is accompanied by a new limit on the shoulders on each side of the lower body. This creates a smooth wave in the double row of lights on the front to the rear taillights.

The Volvo S60 is athletic accented by a sculpted hood and short overhangs front and rear, and the Volvo design team calls the "circuit" design. the lines of the car does not end abruptly, but follow the biological flow, echoing the delicate shapes of the race track.


This sporty look is further enhanced with an original exterior design incorporating front and rear skid plates, two executives in the lower Valencia, side sill plates, exhaust tip pipe and alloy wheels of 18 inches.

Volvo designers have also used the LED (light emitting diode) technology to create the distinctive signature front and rear lights make the car clearly identifiable as a Volvo S60, even in the dark.

The new Volvo S60 has introduced a variety of exterior colors are also two new shades: Copper and Gold Electrum life.

The new chassis dynamics

The new Volvo S60 is the sportiest of Volvo ever built, and during the development process, the computer chassis fine tuning every detail to the driving experience. The result of their work is a new dynamic chassis design, standard on all new Volvo S60.

The steering ratio is 10 percent faster than previous models, which improves steering feel and sharper responses. steering column tube and shrubs have grown thicker stiffer torsional rigidity by 100 percent. This also contributes to a sense of more direct contact with the wheels and the road.

pillar is thicker than the piston sport chassis is the Volvo S80. The resulting increase in stiffness by 47 percent means that the structure of the body will be better able to withstand lateral loads. Springs themselves are shorter and stiffer than before and the Eigen frequency rose to 10 percent. front shock absorber assembly spring rate is increased by 50 percent. Front and rear subframe bushes are up to two times stiffer than previous models. connecting arm bushings are optimized for a sporty, full control.

Fixing the gate at the rear are made of PU (polyurethane) instead of rubber to ensure a better balance between comfort and dynamic control.

Stefan responsible for developing Volvo S60 Sällqvist, explained: ". We spent many weeks of fine-tuning the shock absorbers in the English countryside we drove through the old Roman roads are always and only received a few layers of asphalt over the centuries - the 'ideal environment to find the damping properties. "

Advanced Stability Control

Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC) in the new Volvo S60 has a number of sophisticated features to increase driving pleasure and safety. The Volvo S60 sedan is the first to market with advanced stability control Volvo. In a new paper sensor is possible to identify any tendency to skid a very early stage. This means that the slip can intervene earlier and more accurately. Advanced stability control is a great asset in driving dynamics consisting of lateral forces.

New traction corner smoother curves

A new dynamic platform to support various electronic systems even more sporty driving experience. Traction Control Corner is a new feature that uses torque vectoring so the car takes curves without problems. This technique is further developed DSTC system. In the light curve, the drive wheels inside the car when braking hard while the outer wheel drive. This allows the driver to take the corner more difficult and reduce the tendency to understeer.

Advanced braking functions integrated

Advanced braking system is an important part of the dynamic driving characteristics, the new Volvo S60. Various activities together to provide maximum stopping distance in all scenarios. The technology includes:

Ready Brake Alert can predict when an emergency braking is required. Brake applied lightly on the brake discs even before the driver depresses the brake pedal.

Hydraulic Brake Assist helps the driver to slow down the shortest distance possible. In an emergency, when the driver presses the brake pedal hard enough or fast, Hydraulic Brake Assist to help you make the ABS system efficiently, thus reducing the overall stopping distance.

Optimized hydraulic brakes have a system that strengthens the deceleration during braking of the company to compensate for hydraulic power brake vacuum is low.

Fading Brake Support is used for hydraulic brake pressure gradually build for the long, hard braking. This helps reduce the risk of brake pedal feel and maintain.

The new S60 is equipped with an electronic parking brake as standard.

FOUR-C option

All versions of the new Volvo S60 can be specified with the FOUR-C active chassis, which has been modified and refined for better control and comfort. This is an advanced framework for automatic adjustment using a number of sensors to continuously monitor the car's performance. In a split second, the dampers are adjusted according to the driving situation.

Three alternative chassis settings, all this is to touch the driver of a button to change the nature of car: Comfort, Sport or Advanced.

Engine program

At launch, the Volvo S60 will be available with a choice of two diesel and gasoline engines. All engines have been developed to meet the highest standards of sporty driving dynamics with fuel economy competitive.

Two five-cylinder turbodiesel

D5 Twin Turbo High Performance produced 205 horsepower and 420 Nm of torque. Acceleration from 0 to 62 mph takes 7.8 seconds (manual and automatic) and the maximum speed is 146 mph (manual) and 143 km / h (automatic). D5 in the latest version, introduced in spring 2009, requirements for performance and handling are met by the installation of two turbochargers of different sizes, a takeover by the other and give more power within ' a wider range rev. The result is the response of the attention and quick acceleration at all speeds, with transfers without turbo engine speed range between the two turbochargers. Other properties of the two turbos combines high performance and low fuel consumption 47.9mpg (EU combined, preliminary figure).

The advanced fuel injection valve that uses piezoelectric fuel for the exact distribution of fuel into the combustion chamber with a combustion efficiency and reduced emissions accordingly.

Short trips reduce fuel consumption

It is also the new D3 engine developed 163hp 2.0-liter and 400 Nm of torque. Acceleration from 0 to 62 mph takes 9.2 seconds (manual and automatic) and top speed is 137 mph (manual) and 134 km / h (automatic).

2.0D a new five-cylinder engine is basically the same as the current 2.4D, but the stroke volume is reduced when a shorter stroke to optimize fuel consumption. It is a manual gearbox now has the fuel consumption 54.3mpg (combined, preliminary figure).

The engine has been optimized for fuel consumption and fuel injection system has another type of piezoelectric valve fuel compared with the D5 engine. These valves keep fuel consumption to a minimum by pulse injection exceptionally fast and accurate under pressure. The result is a much more efficient combustion.

In order to make the car better handling characteristics, turbocharger developed for high torque at low revs.

Both turbo-diesel is available in a six-speed manual transmission as standard or optional six-speed automatic transmission. maintenance-free particle filter that traps about 95 percent of soot particles as standard in both engines.

high performance T6 petrol engine

The gasoline engine generates 304 horsepower 3.0-liter T6 and 440 Nm of torque, improved acceleration and smoother on the road. Acceleration from 0 to 62 mph takes 6.5 seconds and top speed is 155 mph. Specialists in Volvo Cars engines have reduced fuel consumption by about 10 percent to 27.7 miles per gallon (EU combined figure, preliminary).

Engine power is transmitted to the wheels via Volvo's Geartronic six-speed generation second automatic transmission. New valves and lower friction means faster gear changes than before. AWD (All Wheel Drive) is standard on the T6.

Diesel DRIVe below 115 g / km

During the first year of the production version of the new Volvo S60 DRIVe introduces a new 1.6-liter diesel engine. The fuel consumption is going to be an impressive 65.7mpg (combined, preliminary figure), which corresponds to CO2 emissions of less than about 115 g / km. Improved engine produces 115 hp and 270 Nm of torque, and available only with six-speed manual transmission.

Later, during the first year of production, the all new Volvo S60 also available with a variant GTDi 2.0 (T5), which produces 240 hp and 320 Nm of torque. In addition, there will be a 1.6 liter engine available in two versions GTDi: 180 horsepower (T4) and 150 hp (T3) with a torque of 240 Nm

All engines will be available in combination GTDi Volvo Powershift transmission gearbox with optional six-speed automatic or six-speed manual as standard. The Powershift concept works as two manual gearboxes in parallel with separate clutches, leading to rapid and low fuel consumption.

Pedestrian Detection Full Auto Brake

The new Volvo S60 has advanced pedestrian detection function of integral braking system. pedestrian detection consists of a newly developed radar is integrated with the grille of the car, the camera is installed in front of the inside rear view mirror and the Central Unit. Radar to detect in front of the car and decide the distance. Camera to determine which type of object it is.

The complete game of the automatic brake technology also complies with the vehicle in front that are stationary or moving in the same direction as the car with the system.

much wider field radar newly created double vision mode ensures that pedestrians crossing point on the road can be detected early. The camera has a higher resolution than the automatic brake of the previous generation that can detect the pattern of pedestrian movement.

"The automatic braking system requires that the object is confirmed by radar and camera. Thanks to advanced sensor technology used, it is now possible to increase the full braking power," says Thomas Broberg, Volvo Security Adviser Cars.

"Detecting pedestrians with sufficient reliability has been a challenging task. Our innovative technology is programmed to follow a model of pedestrian movement and to calculate whether he or she is likely to step on the road in front of the car. The system can detect pedestrians who are 80 cm high and above, ie, including children. "

The new technology allows full braking

In an emergency the driver first receives a warning sound, combined with a flashing light in the head-up display windshield. To create an immediate and intuitive, similar to the warning of a fire stop. Meanwhile, the car is pre-loaded. If the driver does not react to the warning and a crash is imminent, is full braking power automatically.

This technique has the same limitations as the human eye, and just like us, it "sees" a very dark and bad weather.

pedestrian detection with automatic braking can completely avoid a collision with a pedestrian at speeds of up to 21 mph if the driver does not react in time. At higher speeds, the emphasis is on reducing the car's speed as possible before impact. Reduce the speed is 21 mph.

Statistics show that the car's speed is of considerable importance for the outcome of the accident. A low impact speed means that the risk of serious injury is greatly reduced. For example, if the speed is cut from 30 mph to 15 mph, with fully automatic pedestrian detection braking is expected to reduce mortality risk by nearly 20 percent and in some cases up to 85 percent.

City Safety

The all new Volvo S60 also cited as a safety standard, as seen on its big brother - the XC60. The system can reduce or even eliminate the low-speed rear impacts at speeds up to 18 mph.

Additional safety systems available:

Driver Alert Control (DAC). The unique technology feel tired and distracted drivers. This function monitors the progress of the vehicle between the lane signs and warns the driver if his model of leadership changes at random or out of control.

Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) allows the detection of vehicles in the blind spot behind the two sides of the car. A lamp beside the appropriate door mirror lights up to alert the driver of danger.

Bi-Xenon headlamps are linked following the curve of the road. To get the best possible light while driving in the dark on twisting roads.

Lane Departure Warning alerts the driver if the car goes through the entire course with no signs of the direction indicators are used.

Side Impact Protection System Advanced

Seat-mounted side air bags

Inflatable tent Better

Whiplash Protection System