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Old 11-24-2008, 09:50 AM
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didn't find another thread (though i thought there already had been one for the interior pic), so here finally a teaser of the exterior aswell:
http://www.autoweek.nl/nieuws.php?id=10303



looking good, nice and sharp, even if less extraordinary than the current S60 back in 2000.

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Old 11-24-2008, 11:12 AM
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preview volvo s60 concept exterior

Here is the first glimpse of Volvo Cars’ next concept car.
The Volvo S60 Concept will be unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show in early January 2009 - and it gives a clear indication of what the all-new Volvo S60 will look like when it is introduced during 2010.

“We both can and dare to deliver even more exciting and more dynamic designs while retaining our grip on the lead position with regard to safety. The concept car shows part of our future, it’s a hint that the all-new S60 will be one of the strongest contenders in the CD premium segment,” says Stephen Odell, President and CEO at Volvo Cars.

The first picture reveal the coupe-inspired silhouette that gave the original S60 its unique stance. It is now being even further accentuated.
“The concept car’s design gives a visual promise of enthusiastic driving characteristics and I can assure you that the all-new S60 will deliver a sporty drive like no Volvo before,” says Stephen Odell.


New shoulders resembling a double wave
The sleek coupe-like roof line is accompanied by entirely new shoulder contours - a gentle double wave from the headlamps at the front to the tail lamps at the rear.
“The inspiration comes from the Swedish coastline’s cliffs and seas. An exciting blend of drama and sensuality,” explains Volvo Cars’ design director, Steve Mattin. He adds:
“This concept car takes our design DNA to the next level. We’re talking about a ‘Dramatic New Approach’, meaning that we gradually turn up our cars’ visual volume. The concept car’s exterior gives a clear indication of what customers can expect of the all-new S60. On the inside we’ve been even more daring - there the focus has been on creating a vision of the future in the slightly longer perspective.”

Centre stack made of Orrefors crystal
Among the interior features is a floating centre stack made of hand-crafted Orrefors crystal. It shaped in a graceful, transparent wave from the instrument panel all the way to the rear seat backrest. The crystal panel appears to float above the centre stack’s ergonomically designed functionality and it rests gently on rubber pads.
“In a concept car the aim is to give your imagination a free rein and our iconic super-slim centre stack was the perfect object. Using pure crystal is a thrilling experiment. We may well see interior features in crystal-like materials in the future,” says Steve Mattin.

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Old 11-24-2008, 12:14 PM
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If the production version is really close to this amazing looking concept and ends up being so sleek/sporty/elegant, then the new S60 will rock! I'd bet this is 90% close to the actual new S60, minus some concept details (door handles, frameless doors, side mirrors), just like other Ford or even the XC60 concept. I love it! Didn't expected smth this sharp, but after the terrific looking XC60 I should have known the new S60 will be a looker as well. Bring it on, Volvo! :)

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From Autocar:
''Volvo has released the first image of the S60 Concept that will be shown at the Detroit Motor Show in January.

The Swedish company clearly reckons that the new car will be better able to take on premium rivals like the Audi A4 and BMW 3-series. The new car shares clear similarities with the new XC60, with a familiar grille and angled headlights.

Volvo’s design director, Steve Mattin, says the S60 Concept will give a “clear indication of what customers can expect of the all-new S60.”

That can be politely regarded as designer shorthand for the fact the finished car will look near-identical. Only more eccentric elements, like the S60 Concept’s ‘hand-crafted crystal centre console’ won’t make production.

The new S60 will get a familiar range of Volvo-Ford engines, including a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel and a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol motor. Production will start in 2010.''

http://www.autocarmagazine.com/News/...llCars/236155/

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The concept looks amazing, just how the S60 should look like iMO. Let\s hope the production car looks really close to that. I also hope they make it a better driving machine as well
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Seems like everyone is beginning to copy the XF shape.

with the arrival of the S60 and XC60, the S80 will look a tad conservative.
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Well, I wouldn't call it a copy of the XF - to be fair, the current S60 was one of the first sedans with that sloping, coupe like back. together with it's wide shoulders it gave it a great stance IMO, and this is a evolution of the initial car, yet fresh and distinctive enoug (introducing a new shoulder line).

Personally i think production car willl be very similar, with the obvious adaptions already mentioned by some others (smaller wheels, door handles,window frames). Again, S60 will be easily the best looking Volvo.

CosworthKid, with Ford DNA, I expect it to drive well. Btw., my father has a S60, and it is a very nice drive. I prefer it much to the C30/S40, which I drove couple of times.
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I remember when the S60 was brand new; it really shook up some perceptions about Volvo, more so than did the S80 or S40. I think this new generation will have much the same impact. I have cooled on Volvo's styling lately and this (along with the XC60) is just the sort of car to get people interested again.
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Old 11-24-2008, 05:30 PM
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didn't find another thread (though i thought there already had been one for the interior pic)
I was wondering the same thing. As a matter of fact, I was going to start a thread with the interior sketch. Here it is, courtesy of Volvo via Autoblog:



Hi-res here: http://www.autoblog.com/photos/volvo...ept-2/1121217/
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Well, I wouldn't call it a copy of the XF - to be fair, the current S60 was one of the first sedans with that sloping, coupe like back. together with it's wide shoulders it gave it a great stance IMO, and this is a evolution of the initial car, yet fresh and distinctive enoug (introducing a new shoulder line).

Personally i think production car willl be very similar, with the obvious adaptions already mentioned by some others (smaller wheels, door handles,window frames). Again, S60 will be easily the best looking Volvo.

CosworthKid, with Ford DNA, I expect it to drive well. Btw., my father has a S60, and it is a very nice drive. I prefer it much to the C30/S40, which I drove couple of times.
glasshouse. ;)

If the XC60 concept was any indication of the actual design of the production car, it can be safely assumed that the S60 concept is the actual car with a few minor details missing.

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I love Volvo's new design language... things like the 'floating' centre consoles and glass hatchbacks make me smile. This S60 concept looks great too. :)
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