Spied – Volvo S60L caught undisguised in China
Nithyanandh K, As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!
The Volvo S60L is nothing but a stretched version of the S60 premium sedan which is exclusive for the Chinese market.
As we know the Chinese love the extra bit of legroom at the rear and hence, the Geely owned car maker added about 8cm to the wheelbase of the car. End result is a longer sedan with a slightly awkward looking rear doors. The added wheelbase has clearly compromised the proportions of the rear part of the car, especially in the side angle.
The S60L will continue to be powered by the same powertrain lineup as its regular sibling. The three engine options are, a 200 bhp 2.0 litre turbo petrol motor (2.0T), a 241 bhp 2.0 litre turbo petrol (T5) and a 300 bhp 3.0 litre turbo petrol engine (T6).
The extended S60 will be pitted against the Audi A4 L, BMW 3Li and the Mercedes C Class EWB. The starting price of the Volvo S60L is expected to around 220,000 Yuan (around Rs. 21.57 lakhs).
The sedan will be manufactured at the new Chengdu plant built by Geely where the Volvo XC60 will also be built. The S60L is expected to make its debut at the Chengdu Auto Show in September and would go on sale in China later this year.