As we also mentioned in the previous chapter, the second generation of the Volvo S60 represents the first design breakthrough for Volvo sedans in over a decade. Penned under the supervision of ex-Mercedes-Benz (and Volvo, for that matter) designer, Steve Mattin, the car's main lines are very much based on the Volvo S60 Concept, which had the wraps taken off of it at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show.
We don't know about you guys, but from our view Steve Mattin managed to create one of the most beautiful and sporty-looking Volvos in a long, long time. Not since the drooling over Simon Templar's P1800 has the world been ready to drop jaws about the sexiness of a Volvo's lines.
As in most sexy cars, the beauty of the new S60 lays in the details. Let's start with the front end, which sports a snout worthy of a crossbreed between a British GT and a Volvo XC60 – which, coincidentally, was also penned by Steve Mattin. Just like the aforementioned compact crossover, the headlights are much more aggressive than on older Volvos, with that aggression being encouraged even more by the daylight driving LED lights, which follow the V-line of the engine hood and sit right between the regular headlights.
The side view is very much in tone with the increasingly trendy coupe roofline, while the swooping character line gives the S60 even better proportions than the C70, which is an actual coupe (OK, and convertible). The front overhang is a bit too large for our taste, but doesn't retract much from the car's overall GT shape.
At the rear we are met with some of the most spectacular Volvo L-shaped taillights, which almost tie with the ones from the XC60 as far as character goes. The Peter Horbury-introduced "shoulders" are still visible, making for a pretty cool connection with somewhat older Volvos. All in all, we think the S60 is probably the most beautiful Volvo in years. Continue reading
Hold on, Sir May B. Bach would like to say something...
My oh my, this is something I hadn't been... ahem... expecting. A sporty-looking sedan from Volvo? Are the Swedish on acid or is this because of their new Chinese owners? Nah, couldn't be, the new S60 was in development long before the Chinese were even thinking about... ahem... buying them out.
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