Having led with the fastest and flashiest versions of its sleek new mid-size sedan, Volvo has now confirmed that the 2011 Volvo S60 T6 AWD and S60 T6 AWD R-Design models will be joined by a lower-cost but impressively well turned-out 2012 Volvo S60 T5 variant. Expected to be the volume leader of the new S60 family, it will go on sale here in January.
As its name implies, the 2012 Volvo S60 T5 will be fitted with Volvo's 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder engine. In this application, the turbo system gets tuned to make about 250 horsepower, which is 50 fewer ponies than the 3.0-liter six in T6 models. While the T5 engine will be backed by the same six-speed Geartronic automatic transmission used in the T6, its motive force will be shipped only to the front wheels.
While details on specific standard features have yet to be revealed, Volvo has indicated that like the S60 T6, the new S60 T5 will come with a full complement of active and passive protection features, including the City Safety system. Operational between two and 19 mph, City Safety uses an infrared laser system to detect car-sized objects ahead and automatically applies the brakes to completely stop the vehicle prior to impact at speeds up to nine mph. From 10 to 19 mph, it will exert sufficient braking force to significantly reduce the severity of a potential impact. The 2012 Volvo S60 T5 also will offer the Technology Package that adds Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Queue Assist, Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake (CWAB), Distance Alert (DA), Driver Alert Control (DAC) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) as a $2,100 option.
Although formal pricing won't be released until sometime next month, the 2012 Volvo S60 T5 is expected to start around $32,000, roughly $6,000 below its S60 T6 AWD sibling. Of the 25,000 total S60 models it plans to sell here annually, Volvo projects that nearly 85 percent will be T5 variants.