Due for its public debut next month in Geneva, the 2014 Volvo S80 Sedan receives a number of cosmetic and functional enhancements aimed at bolstering its competitive appeal. While the images seen here are of European cars, U.S. models also will share in this exterior/interior revamps and also are expected to receive all of the key system upgrades.
Exterior visual tweaks to the automaker's flagship 4-door include revised fascia/bumper treatments that give the car a wider and lower look, a slightly broader grille, new rectangular daytime running lights and a bit more brightwork accenting. Buyers also can now upgrade the 18-inch alloy wheels to a 19-inch fitment without impacting ride comfort.
The already plush S80 cabin gets even more inviting courtesy of new Sensus Connected Touch system. This latest and most capable iteration of Volvo's Human Machine Interface transforms the car's 7.0-inch center display into an advanced infrared, beam-scanned touchscreen controller that can oversee the entire in-vehicle WiFi network. In addition to permitting full-time Internet access (although browsing is restricted while driving), this electronic travelmate boasts a host of other features including streaming music, TuneIn Internet Radio, Embedded Connected 3D navigation with real-time traffic/weather features, Google Map and Search even a Free Parking locator.
Other notable changes for the 2014 S80 include a new Ambient Light system, TFT-screen Active Digital Display that provides driver-selectable multi-mode graphics and available heated windshield and steering wheel. This primo Volvo also will come with enhanced IntelliSafe systems that bring standard City Safety technology now capable of functioning at speeds up to 31 mph. It also features Pedestrian Detection with full auto brake and Road Sign Information that displays road signs in the instrument readout.
Powertrain and trim levels on the 2014 Volvo S80 Sedan lineup will carry over unchanged from 2013. Pricing and final packaging details will be released closer to the car's on sale date this summer.
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