For the Volvo Enthusiast

New S60 Arriving Soon, Not Bringing Diesels With It

If you’re looking for a diesel engine in your S60 sedan, then you might want to act fast. Volvo has just announced that the upcoming S60 won’t be getting an oil-burning option.

The new S60 isn’t set to launch until later this spring, but before Volvo tells you what you will get, they’re telling buyers what they won’t get. And that’s a diesel. The powertrain choices will be a mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or a fully-electric powertrain. The automaker has previously said that all new models launched from next year will come with one of those three powertrain choices. It’s also expecting to have 50 percent of total sales be fully electric cars by 2025.

“Our future is electric and we will no longer develop a new generation of diesel engines,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars. “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.”

First to market on the new S6 will be four-cylinder Drive-E powertrains, accompanied by two plug-in hybrid versions. The mild hybrid models will arrive next year.