We may be talking about the global slowdown, increasing costs and what not, but there is nothing as such when it comes to luxury cars. With the festive season fast approaching, we can expect to witness many launches in the segment. The word from Volvo is that it is about to launch the 2014 VolvoS60 and 2014 Volvo XC60 India on the 17th of October 2013. The event will be held in Delhi. and we will be there to bring you live updates. The company also has plans to launch the Volvo S90 facelift later on.
Now that Volvo has got the design part right, it has got to get the pricing right and expand its dealership network in India to get more market share. The pricing seems to be a bit of a problem for Volvo, as none of their cars are assembled in India, adding the weak rupee to that will not help matters. Anyway, all this stuff is for the company to figure out, lets turn our attention to the cars.
Updated on 23rd October 2013
Volvo has launched the 2014 Volvo S60 and 2014 Volvo XC60 in India
Volvo S60 D4 Kinetic : Rs. 29.90 Lakh
Volvo S60 D4 Summum : Rs. 32.50 Lakh
Volvo S60 D5 Summum : Rs. 35.50 Lakh
Volvo XC60 D4 Kinetic : Rs. 40.50 Lakh
Volvo XC60 D4 Summum : Rs. 43.50 Lakh
Volvo XC60 D5 Summum : Rs. 46.55 Lakh
All prices ex-showroom Delhi
Updated on 16th September 2013
So what’s new?
2014 Volvo S60
On the outside, the 2014 Volvo S60 is mature than the car it is going to replace. It is sharper looking than the previous car, the lines are now more crisp in contrast to the smooth and flowing design found earlier. At the front, the grille is a bit smaller, but sharper. The day-time running lamps found on both sides of the grille on the current car have been moved onto the bumper. The headlights get sleeker and the bumper gets more sculptured. The lines on the bonnet are now more prominent and exude a bit of flair. The contrast running boards all around the car in the current car have been done away with.
Move to the side and you find that Volvo has not made any changes to the silhouette of the car and has not touched the side panels at all. Move to the rear, and the only difference that you’d notice are the rectangular-ish dual-tail pipes and… that’s it. The car still looks good from the rear quarter angle with the muscular haunches atop the rear wheels, the LED tail-lamps and the notch-back like tail-gate design.
Move to the inside and you get an idea why Volvo cars are a good to place to be in now. The design inside is beautiful to look at and we can tell you the materials used are nice to the touch too. The 2014 Volvo S60 does not get too many updates on the inside, the instrument cluster design has been changed (the same design was first seen in India on the Volvo V40 Cross Country launched in June 2013), but apart from that there are no changes. The S60 gets the floating centre console that is characteristic of all new Volvos. The all black interiors with the chrome trim remain too, customers will be able to choose from a variety of leather trim for their cars.
Safety for the occupants of the car and people outside it is a big matter for Volvo and the 2014 S60 comes loaded with active and passive systems. We will have to wait and see which ones make it to India, we expect the city-brake assist system, reversing sensors which check for cars coming from the sides and pedestrian warning etc. to be introduced in the car when launched in India.
2014 Volvo XC60
Just like the 2014 Volvo S80, the 2014 Volvo XC60′s design is a matured version of the one found on the current crossover. At the front, the grille gets bigger, the day-time running lamps which were earlier placed beside the grille ahve been moved onto the bumper. The headlights are of the same size but the elements inside have been changed. The front skid-pad on the new XC60 does not extend all the way up to the grille like the older car, and looks smart along with the new bumper design. Move to the side and you will notice the new alloy wheel design (we like the alloy wheel design on the previous gen crossover), the black-cladding all around the crossover has been ditched and so has the silver side skirts. The 2014 XC60 has no other changes from the side apart from the chrome inserts on the bottom of the doors.
At the rear, the changes are minimal, the changes are limited to the dual-tailpipes design. Move inside and the most apparent change that you will notice will be the new instrument cluster that was first featured on the Volvo V40 Cross Country launched in June 2013. The steering wheel design has been tweaked, apart from that the 2014 Volvo XC60 interiors are similar to the previous gen crossover. The 2014 Volvo XC60 will get a bunch of new equipment too. More details on what those may be are awaited.
What do you think of the 2014 Volvo S60 and 2014 Volvo XC60? Let us know in the comments section below.