By Joe Bruzek on February 20, 2013
Volvo's S60 luxury sedan is the automaker's best-seller in the U.S., so it's no surprise Volvo didn't change the new one too much; the 2014 model will debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The 2013's stylish looks are improved slightly for 2014, and there's new technology on the inside as Volvo's trademark metallic instrument gauges are replaced with a configurable digital display; a new multimedia system is available.
The S60's front and rear styling doesn't appear radically changed at first glance. Closer inspection reveals a much smoother appearance with the removal of all chrome trim around the wider front grille. The previous washer fluid nozzles, which used to be visible, have been relocated out of sight for 2014. Also cleaned up is the radar for the adaptive cruise control — it's now masked black with a grille line painted on the cover so the entire grille appears uniform. The S60's signature daytime running lamps are relocated to the fog light area, and the rear exhaust tips now sit flush with the bumper.
On the inside, the 2013 S60's metallic gauges with their luxurious feel are replaced by a configurable thin film transistor display instrument cluster. The 2014's cluster has three display modes: a traditional Elegance display that mimics the old readouts, an Eco theme with green background and eco driving meter and a Performance display with prominent tachometer and digital speedometer. We'll reserve judgment on the final gauges until we see the new instrument cluster up close.
Complementing the instrument cluster technology is a new multimedia and navigation system, called Sensus, that features a 7-inch display. Sensus includes a full internet browser with 3G/4G internet speeds via phone or USB device, Wi-Fi and various online streaming music and application functions. Volvo says it's not available while driving.
Other interior touches include newly available sports seats that Volvo says retain traditional comfort but have hugging support from the thighs to shoulders to keep drivers in place when cornering fast. The sporting theme carries over to the steering wheel with newly added paddle shifters while interior upholstery colors, wood inlays and a headliner are also new.
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