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Volvo S60 is first new Volvo to ditch diesel entirely

Published: 17 May 2018

► New Volvo S60 petrol only
► No diesel for new saloon
► Start of a seismic Swedish shift

The new Volvo S60 saloon launching in a few weeks' time will be the first Volvo to have no diesel plumbed in, the Swedes have confirmed.

Volvo has already pledged to electrify its entire range, with plug-in hybrids, mild hybrids and full battery electric vehicles all in the pipeline. And that means that no new products will be launched with diesel power from 2019 onwards, as the company shifts to a more sustainable, electrified future.

Although its statement in July 2017 was misinterpreted by some as a pure EV future, the company won lots of attention for grasping the environmental bull by the horns. Now we're seeing the strategy play out.

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

The Volvo S60 will be replaced in summer 2018

The outgoing S60 (above) never set the sales charts - or drivers' pulses - alight. The new car will be unveiled in June 2018 and you can expect a suited and booted V60. Think mini-me S90/V90 relationship, and you're spot-on.

The company is gunning for 50% of all its sales to be fully electric by 2025 - around twice the volume forecast by many premium rivals. 

It makes sense to start with the S60 to spearhead this new strategy; it's built on the group's Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform in Charleston, USA - a marketplace not in love with diesel. It will be launched with familiar four-cylinder Drive-E petrol engines, two plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) and mild hybrids are due to join the range in 2019.

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By Tim Pollard

Editorial director of CAR's digital publishing arm. Motoring news magnet