Charleston, South Carolina - Volvo has revealed its third-generation of its 3-Series rivalling S60 sports sedan, which gets a crisp new design and all of the latest infotainment and save-your-bacon gizmos.

Like its already-revealed V60 sibling, the S60 shifts onto Volvo’s SPA platform that also underpins all the ‘90’ models, and incidentally it’ll also be the first Volvo product to be built in the USA, in a brand new plant in South Carolina.

The newcomer is set to be launched in South Africa during 2019, offering three 2-litre turbopetrol engine options - T4, T5 and T6, the latter also benefiting from supercharging.

Also under consideration for our market are the T6 and T8 ‘Twin Engine’ plug in hybrid models, which boast respective outputs of 250kW and 294kW. Those opting for the T8 will be able to order it with a Polestar Engineered package that includes tweaks to the ECU (which bumps power up to 305kW) as well as revised suspension, brakes and wheels.

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Sadly for diesel fans, the new S60 will be the first modern Volvo not to be offered with a diesel engine, with other new Volvos set to follow suit as the Swedish brand slowly phases out its compression ignition engines.

As you’d expect, the new sedan is bursting with advanced safety features, including an updated City Safety system which can now also use its auto-braking tech to mitigate oncoming collisions.

The Pilot Assist semi-autonomous system that comes as standard on ‘90’ models will be an option on the S60, and this gizmo has also been updated, with improved steering assistance.

The command centre is Volvo’s familiar tablet-like Sensus Connect infotainment system.

Depending on the market, customers will be able to get an S60 on ‘subscription’, much like with a smartphone, through the new Care by Volvo premium service.

South African pricing, specifications and final launch timing will be confirmed at a later stage.

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