February 1, 2006

Volvo unveils all-new S80

2007 Volvo S80
2007 Volvo S80. Click image to enlarge

Göteborg, Sweden – Volvo has unveiled photos of its next-generation 2007 S80 luxury sedan, which will feature a V8 or newly-introduced inline six-cylinder engine, along with all-wheel-drive.

Designed by Volvo Cars and built in Ford’s engine factory in Bridgend, Wales, the new inline 3.2-litre six-cylinder engine features a main structure made entirely of aluminum, and is rated at 232 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque. When equipped with the V8, an engine first introduced in the 2006 Volvo XC90, the S80 will be Volvo’s first sedan model available with the transversely-mounted V8 engine. It will produce 311 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque.

It will also be the first Volvo to feature adaptive cruise control with collision warning and brake support, and will be available with active bi-Xenon headlamps and advanced Personal Car Communicator remote control unit. The system will allow the driver to check the car’s security status to determine if the car is still locked or whether the alarm has been activated; a heartbeat sensor warns if someone is hiding inside the car.

The new S80 will be unveiled at the International Motor Show in Geneva on February 28, 2006, followed by a North American debut at the New York International Auto Show on April 12, 2006. The car is expected to go on sale in Canada in the second half of 2006.

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