Volvo is jumping onto the anti-diesel bandwagon, the Swedish carmaker announcing that it plans to completely eliminate diesel engines from its line-up. In a recent statement it confirmed there will be no diesel option for the new S60.
Volvo says this move highlights its "commitment to a long-term future beyond the traditional combustion engine", although petrol power is not being given up on just yet as future models will still offer a choice between "mild hybrid" petrol, plug-in hybrid petrol and full electric power.
As for the vehicle itself, the new-gen Volvo S60 sedan is based on the company's versatile Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), which now also underpins SUV and Estate cousins - the new XC60 and V60.
Volvo's new plant in Charleston, South Carolina, isn't quite up and humming yet, but the company's next-generation S60 sedan, which is scheduled to be built there, will go without a diesel engine option.
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In the case of the S60, it will offer a gas-only powertrain offering, as well as two plug-in hybrid offerings. Mild hybrid versions will follow next year.
Samuelsson told the FT: "We're not saying diesel is more dirty, but it's more complicated and more expensive". The announcement represents the company's latest step towards an electrified future.
It follows the automaker's announcement last July that every auto it launches from 2019 will feature some form of electrification, whether it be mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid or pure electric power. However, the company had not disclosed what would happen to its diesel offerings.
Last month, Volvo reinforced its electrification strategy by stating that it aims for fully electric cars to make up 50 per cent of its global sales by 2025.