I’m not sure I can recall a manufacturer turning their model lineup around as quickly and effectively as Volvo has. Just five years ago if you walked into a Volvo dealership, you’d have likely seen some very dated-looking vehicles. The XC90, in particular, was over a decade old and the S80 was also on its last legs.
Thanks to a new owner and new leadership at the highest levels after parent company Ford sold the Swedish manufacturer to Chinese firm Geely, plans were already well underway in the mid-2010s for a slate of new models. The lynchpin would be a new platform called the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). SPA allows the company to use the same platform across multiple vehicles and scale it to different sizes depending on the vehicle needs, thereby providing savings for both cost and weight while also increasing strength.
The first release of a new vehicle using this platform was the 2015 Volvo XC90. The XC90 mid-sized SUV was received to great fanfare, thanks in part to stunning new design language and advanced technology underpinning the vehicle. Next up was the S90 and V90 mid-size sedan and wagon combo, which adapted that same language into their respective forms. After that came a new XC60 and all-new sub compact crossover called the XC40.
This brings us to the here and now, and the new S60 compact sedan and V60 wagon. The S60 was unveiled last June while the V60 was unveiled in December 2018. Like with the bigger S90 and V90, the vehicles take Volvo’s new design language and adapt it to sedan and wagon form.