Volvo S80L T4 Heading for China

The Volvo S80L T4, equipped with the Swedish automaker's new 2.0-liter GTDi turbocharged, direct injection, four-cylinder engine, will hit the Chinese market in December. The car is expected to come with a price tag of CNY300,000 ($45,000).

The engine under the S80’s bonnet develops 203 horsepower and 287 Nm (211 lb-ft) of torque at just 1,750 rpm. It features variable valve timing on both camshafts, further improving efficiency. For a gearbox, the car uses a PowerShift dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The ‘ L’ in the S80L T4 stands for the long wheelbase version of the standard S80. The car weighs in at 1,745 kg (3845 lbs) and can accelerate form 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.6 seconds. Volvo hopes the long wheelbase will meet Chinese customer’s needs for an official car.

Volvo’s S80L T4 will compete against the Audi A4L 1.8TFSI Comfort, BMW318i (Lingxian in Chinese, meaning 'priority'), Mercedes-Benz C180K Classic, Volkswagen Magotan, Buick Lacrosse 3.0L Flagship and Camry 240HG Deluxe Edition, which are currently dominating the segment.

The wheelbase of Volvo' S80L is stretched by 140 mm (5.5 inches), reaching 2,975 mm (117 inches) with the full car's length being 4,991 mm (196 inches). This results in a big rear seat leg space of 1,025 mm (40.3 inches). Volvo’s S80L is equipped with luxury specifications such as a refrigerator in the rear seat, Premium Sound, rear seat entertainment system, and more deeply padded leather seats, according to the preferences of Chinese luxury car consumers. A digital amplifier from Alpine and 12 loudspeakers from Dynaudio of Denmark give an audio experience of the very highest premium level.

In addition, Volvo S80L comes equipped as standard with Electronic Climate Control system (ECC) and Air Quality System (AQS), which greatly enhance comfort and provide a green and healthy in-car environment for passengers.
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