Currently owned by Chinese group Zhejiang Geely Holding, Volvo builds a long wheelbase version of the second-generation S60 four-door sedan at its Chengdu plant in China. Bearing the S60L moniker, the elongated variant of the Swedish sedan also spurred a plug-in hybrid variant riding on the same 2,856-mm wheelbase, which is 80 millimeters longer than the standard model.
If you consider that the Volvo S60 has a sticker price of $33,300 for the 2.0-liter T5 Drive-E front-wheel drive model and the China-only entry-level S60L starts from 269,600 yuans ($43,285), then you should expect a hefty price bump over the standard wheelbase model when the S60L lands on U.S. soil sometime next year.
Even though the Volvo S60L Plug-in Hybrid will arrive in Chinese dealerships at the beginning of 2015, reports indicate that it will cost at least 320,000 yuans, translating to a hefty $51,377 according to current exchange rates. If Volvo and Geely decide the hybrid is U.S. material as well, then expect those $51,377 to hike considerably.
But Chinese-American Volvo exports don't end here, oh no. The all-new 2015 Volvo XC90 is preparing for production in China as well, where the Geely-owned automaker has an assembly plant in the city of Daqing. According to a high ranking official, the U.S.-spec 2015 Volvo XC90 will be built in this factory as well.