Volvo has made a number of enhancements to the Volvo S80 from the exterior through to the interior.
The front and rear bumpers have been given a stretched look to give the car a lower and more aggressive wider stance. The daytime running lamps are now rectangular to give the nose a more contemporary look.
There is now the option to tailor the car to the owners’ specification including genuine cowhide supplied by the Bridge of Weir Company of Scotland, who supply some the world leading car manufacturers.
The engines have been re-tuned to lower CO2 emissions and improve fuel consumption. The official combined consumption of the 115 hp, four-cylinder D2 diesel in the new Volvo S80 with an automatic gearbox is 68.9mpg with CO2 emissions 109 g/km (preliminary figures) which is the same as the C30 DRIVe hatchback three years ago.
The automatic D3 (136 hp) and D4 (163 hp) versions of the Volvo S80 now have CO2 emissions of 129 g/km (57.6mpg).
The S80 will now feature as standard ‘IntelliSafe’, Volvo's blanket name for all active safety systems – including City Safety which works at speeds up to 31 mph and Pedestrian Detection with full auto brake, which watches out for people walking into the car's path and automatically brakes the vehicle if there is an impending impact.
Other improvements include cars that are equipped with a rain sensor gain an electrically heated windscreen for rapid de-icing on cold winter days. There is the option of a heated seating wheel and cars with an automatic transmission can also be specified with paddle shifters, enabling the driver to shift gear manually with both hands on the wheel.Published 20 February 2013