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Volvo extends S60 range with plug-in hybrid powertrain and new trim levels

Volvo's premium mid-size S60 saloon now features eagerly awaited 390hp T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid powertrain, available exclusively in R-Design Plus trim.

R-Design Plus focuses on dynamic style and cutting-edge technology, with high-gloss black exterior trim, sports seats, steering wheel-mounted gearshift paddles and a head-up display.

S60 priced from £37,935 on the road (T5 R-­Design Plus), while company car tax costs are from only £212 a month.

Full details of 405hp S60 T8 Polestar Engineered variant to be announced shortly.

Volvo has extended its S60 range – the third generation of the firm's premium mid-size saloon – to incorporate further powertrain choices and equipment grades, including an all­-wheel-­drive petrol­-electric hybrid and a trim level that focuses on luxury and craftsmanship.

Electrifying hybrid powertrain

The existing T5 turbocharged 250hp petrol unit has been joined by an all-wheel-drive T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid powertrain, combining a 303hp petrol engine with an 87hp electric motor for a total output of 390hp. Performance is suitably electrifying, with 0-62mph in just 4.6 seconds.

The T8 Twin Engine's 11.8kWh battery provides an electric-only range of up to 36 miles, with CO2 emissions from just 39g/km. Fuel economy (on the WLTP combined cycle) is up to 176.5mpg.

Like the T5, the T8 Twin Engine uses a Volvo Drive-E petrol engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Dynamic or new luxurious trim levels

The R-Design Edition launch trim has been replaced by R-Design Plus and is joined by the new Inscription Plus variant.

R-Design Plus is designed to provide a more focused driving experience, thanks to (on T5 versions) stiffer springs, faster-responding monotube dampers, thicker anti-roll bars and a 12mm lower ride height (petrol-electric hybrid R-Design Plus variants come with the standard suspension settings). Other R-Design Plus highlights include a head-up display, gearshift paddles, high-­gloss black exterior trim elements, a choice of 18-­, 19-­ or 20-inch alloy wheels, Metal Mesh aluminium interior inlays and part-leather sports seats.

Inscription Plus trim is for those who appreciate their high-end luxuries. The exterior features chrome trim along with a different design of alloy wheels, projecting exclusivity and refined Scandinavian style. Inside, fine Nappa full-leather upholstery and beautifully crafted details such as the Driftwood décor inlays reward the senses. Inscription Plus versions also benefit from cooled seats, on top of the heated seats of other S60s.

Suspension tailored to your preference

The S60 can now be fitted with adaptive dampers. This system allows you to select the firmness of the suspension to tailor the car's dynamics to the road surface or your personal preference. Known as Active Four-C Chassis, the adaptive dampers are optional on T5 R-Design Plus and Inscription Plus versions and are controlled via the S60's standard Drive Mode settings, which also alter the responses of the engine, automatic gearbox, steering, brakes and climate control system.