Upcoming Volvo S60 to shun diesel

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As Volvo continues its plan to electrify its entire range, the Swedish OEM has announced the S60 will not to be available with a diesel engine. The company has also said it will introduce mild and plug-in petrol hybrid powertrains to the sedan.

The Volvo S60 will be launched later this year as the sedan version of the recently introduced V60 station wagon. Initially available with a range of four-cylinder gasoline engines as well as with two petrol plug-in hybrid versions, the S60 will get mild-hybrid versions next year. V60s can still be ordered with two diesel engines, however.

Volvo has announced that all new models launched from 2019 will be available as either a mild petrol hybrid, plug-in petrol hybrid or battery electric vehicle. It aims for fully electric cars to make up 50% of its global sales by 2025.

“Our future is electric, and we will no longer develop a new generation of diesel engines,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars.

“We will phase out cars with only an internal combustion engine, with petrol hybrid versions as a transitional option as we move toward full electrification. The new S60 represents the next step in that commitment.”

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