The Volvo S60 is the first compact sedan with a sporty profile from the make since the Amazon Sport in the ‘60s. It is known for being a comfortable, safe, and high-performing car. This is exactly why it already became Volvo’s most popularly-selling model a year after its release. To date, the Volvo S60 has already undergone many transformations, all aiming at maintaining top performance in the changing times.
2000: Geartronic Feature
When it was first released in 2000, the Volvo S60 already had the Geartronic Feature. This is basically Volvo’s version of the manumatic function, combining manual and automatic transmission systems in the automobile. This provided more convenient driving by having both steering-wheel-mounted shifters and a modified shift lever depending on the driver’s preference.
After being in the market for five years, the Volvo S60 underwent a major operation upgrade through the Continuously Controlled Chassis Concept or Four-C. This is an advanced electronically-controlled chassis that can change into three modes—Comfort, Sport, or Advanced. This is done through a “drive by wire” throttle which permits different performances with just one pedal travel. The system also consists of high-tech shock absorbers that can adjust 500 times in just one second. Numerous sensors also housed the whole vehicle body in assisting the Four-C operations.
2007: Active Bi-Xenon Headlights
Safety is one of the top priorities of the Volvo S60. That is why come 2007, it showcased a new safety feature in the form of the Active Bi-Xenon Headlights. These headlights are equipped with mini-processors which analyze different factors to allow the headlight assembly to move together with the road curves. This technology also helps in illuminating a longer part of the road ahead.
2009: Pedestrian Detection System
In 2009, the Volvo S60 took the extra mile in road safety by carrying the Pedestrian Detection System. This is especially helpful since studies revealed that 11% of people dying in car accidents are pedestrians. The system works with radar and camera technologies that analyze the elements in front of the Volvo S60. Once something is detected and is predicted to collide with the car, a warning will be heard. Upon no response from the driver, the system will hit the brakes before the collision.
2011: Interior Air Quality System
To improve interior comfort of the Volvo S60, the Interior Air Quality System was equipped on 2011 models. The purpose of the system is to clean the air entering the compartment for better breathing inside the vehicle. It worked with air quality sensor monitors that close the air intake when high levels of toxic carbon monoxide from trucks or tunnels are detected. Its Multifilter with active carbon makes it difficult for pollen, dusts, and exhaust particles to enter the ventilation units.