New Volvo S60 R-Design Launched in India
Volvo is sure putting a lot of emphasis on the Indian automotive market. It will now be introducing the S60 in a new variant – the sporty R-Design package. The new VolvoS60 R-Design will cost Rs 39.36 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi, and will sport the new 2.0-litre 4-cylinder diesel engine and 8-speed automatic gearbox.
This new engine develops 183.5PS of power and 400Nm of torque and is quicker and more efficient than the larger 215PS 2.4-litre 5-cylinder unit. Volvo claims that the S60 with this new engine returns around 25kmpl. This is achieved by using what Volvo calls ‘i-Art’ technology to cut fuel consumption. Each fuel injector is monitored and the pressure is continuously adapted per combustion cycle instead of using a single pressure sensor. The Volvo S60 R-Design also gets a new 8-speed automatic gearbox which promises quicker shifts than the lethargic six-speed unit.
Crucially, on the design front to the already attractive S60, this R-Design treatment is sure to find a few more takers. The interior of the S60 R-Design is much plusher than the standard model. The R-Design gets sportier heated front bucket seats, a satellite navigation system, 10GB of memory and a new 12 speaker music system.
On the outside, the S60 R-Design gets a more aggressive front bumper with a honeycomb lower grille and an R-Design badge on the grille. The car comes with new five spoke alloys which are shod with 18 inch wheels. At the rear, the S60 R-Design gets a more pronounced diffuser and twin circular chromed exhausts which are different from the standard S60.
In the end, the S60 R-Design is a step up from the standard S60, and at this point, that’s as good as anything when it comes to Volvo.