Next Volvo S60 won't offer diesel option

Volvo electrification strategy accelerates with announcement there will be no new diesels from 2019

Volvo has confirmed it will be introducing the all-new 2019 Volvo S60 sedan during this second quarter very soon, and it will be the first Volvo not offering a diesel engine option.

In 2017, Volvo confirmed plans to electrify all new models from 2019 onward, with powertrains set to include hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure electric versions.

"Diesel will be much more complicated for more consumers, and much more expensive, too" Samuelsson said to the FT. Last summer Volvo announced a commitment to launching every new vehicle with some form of electrification. Kicking-off the move, the firm's new Volvo S60 saloon will be available with petrol and petrol hybrid power only.

The S60, which is based on the same SPA chassis technology as the V60 and the larger S90, V90 and XC90, will be launched with a range of four-cylinder Drive-E petrol engines and a plug-in hybrid edition.

That means the S60 will only be available with petrol and hybrid units from launch, with all-electric models to follow in the near-future.

Meanwhile, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will cease to offer diesel versions for its Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Jeep and Maserati brands by 2022, as chief executive Sergio Marchionne sees hybrid vehicles as the way to meet goals on Carbon dioxide reduction - with diesel sales unlikely to recover.

Production of the new S60 will start at Volvo's recently constructed plant outside of Charleston, South Carolina. The Charleston plant will be the only manufacturing location for the new S60, meaning American-built S60s will be sold in the U.S. market as well as overseas through exports. In fact, Volvo was the first traditional auto maker to commit to all-out electrification in July 2017.

Samuelson said hybridisation could be the key to helping petrol cars match the Carbon dioxide emissions targets of diesel cars while offering superior fuel economy.

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