MUNICH -- Volvo has released the first official images of the new S60 sedan.
The Swedish carmaker, which Ford Motor Co. is selling, says the S60 will be “sportier and more dynamic than any previous Volvo car.”
The production S60 is similar to the concept unveiled at the Detroit auto show in January, retaining the same silhouette and sporty yet stylish stance.
The car is particularly close to the concept up front, where the fascia and headlights mimic the eye-catching show car.
The S60 will go into production in Gent, Belgium, next summer after a debut at the Geneva auto show next March.
The redesigned S60 will compete against luxury sedans such as the BMW 3 series. The S60 is expected to be closer in size to the 3-Series, unlike the previous model that ceased production earlier this year, which fell between segments.
New safety feature
Volvo says the S60 will also be the first model to get Pedestrian Detection - a new safety feature that detects pedestrians in front of the car and brakes automatically if the driver fails to react in time.
"The customers in this segment want emotional appeal, sporty design and dynamic driving properties. The S60 has it all. We are convinced that it will be one of the strongest contenders around," Volvo CEO Stephen Odell said in a statement.
Ford put loss-making Volvo up for sale last December and has named China's Geely Holding Group Co. as its preferred bidder.
Earlier this month, Volvo reported a third-quarter pre-tax operating loss of $135 million, compared with a loss of $458 million a year ago.
The Swedish brand said the improvement was due to continued progress on cost reductions, favorable exchange rates, and a higher volume and mix.
Reuters and AutoWeek's Greg Migliore contributed to this report