A Volvo drifting in the desert! Really?
Volvo has released an exciting new teaser video showing off the all-new 2011 S60 a month ahead of its public unveiling. The advertisement shows the new Swedish car blasting down the highway and drifting in the desert with dramatic music blaring in the background.
Much of the new S60 is still a mystery, but expect to see the existing five and six-cylinder engines to carry over. It has been rumored that a direct-injected, turbocharged, 1.6-liter will also be included in the engine lineup. There may even be a hybrid model in the future.
In the transmission department, a standard six-speed manual will hopefully be included. More than likely, a six-speed automatic will be standard. The video shows for a brief second the driver shifting an automatic transmission. In a video trying to show off just how sporty the new S60 is, Volvo really should of shown a manual transmission instead of the automatic.
If we get lucky, a manual transmission will be available on a S60 R model and it will not reduce torque in first and second gears like previous R models did. Consumers should not be forced to get a slush-box to access the S60′s full torque potential.
Volvo has always be a vanguard for driver safety, so it is no surprise that the new S60 will have a Pedestrian Detection feature. This system will detect if a pedestrian is crossing the drivers path and will even apply the brakes if the driver does not react quickly enough.
Previous S60′s were sort of dull, but the new model may change that. The S60 R models looked sporty, but it was really lacking in comparison to other cars in its price range. If this video is to believed, the 2011 S60 is may be more exciting than previous models and still have the newest safety innovations. More details about the 2011 S60 will be likely available when the car is shown at this year’s Geneva Motor Show next month.