Patrick Cadillac Volvo looks toward gas and plug-in hybrid to headline 2019 sales

Volvo plans to distance itself from diesel engines altogether in 2019, instead turning to a rotation of only gas, hybrid or all-electric powertrains.
Volvo plans to distance itself from diesel engines altogether in 2019, instead turning to a rotation of only gas, hybrid or all-electric powertrains. | File photo

Patrick Cadillac Volvo is looking to ring in the new year with big changes for the Volvo brand in 2019.

Volvo’s redesign of the S60 model is slated to hit dealerships in early 2019. It features the only gas and plug-in hybrid powertrains of its kind. 

The S60 is the first part of a new strategy for Volvo which plans to distance itself from diesel engines altogether in 2019, instead turning to a rotation of only gas, hybrid or all-electric powertrains. Beginning in 2019, every new model is also advertised to include an electric motor that is touted to improve fuel efficiency, which could mean zero-emission driving.

Brett Johnson, a client adviser for Patrick Volvo of Illinois in Schaumburg, Ill., said the S60 is emblematic of Volvo's tilt towards the future.

“We’re pretty excited about the changes and as far as sedans go in the U.S., this model is a winner because it’s also being built based on the philosophy and standards of operation of all other Volvos,” Johnson said. “We think it’s something our customers will really fall in love with.”

Johnson thinks the new S60 Volvo offers enough incentive to sell itself.

“I don’t think there will be any problems at all in moving this car,” Johnson told Mega Dealer News. “The customers that know the series have been waiting for a while for a new version of the vehicle and all the other redesigns of it have led to even greater sales than the time before.”

The S60 is priced at just over $38,000, features a D4 diesel unit that boasts 188 bhp. It is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission with four-wheel drive, Carkey.com reports.

“Volvo has spent a lot of time and has been meticulous in getting everything right with this," Johnson said. "That is reflective in the fresh redesign of the vehicle. The S60 has some of the same features as past models, like the city safety system and depth system, but for the most part it’s a vehicle all of its own."

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