What Is It?
2016 Volvo S60 Inscription
What's New About This Model?
The 2016 Volvo S60 Inscription is a long-wheelbase version of the S60 midsize luxury sedan. The S60 Inscription will be built at Volvo's plant in Chengdu, China, and will be one of the first Chinese-built vehicles offered in the U.S.
When Does It Go on Sale?
The S60 Inscription will go on sale at Volvo dealerships in the U.S. this summer.
How Much Does It Cost?
Pricing has not been announced, but the S60 Inscription is expected to start around $40,000.
How Does It Compare to the Volvo S60?
Volvo says its U.S. customers have been asking for a stretched version of the S60. The S60 Inscription is 3.1 inches longer than the standard S60, with an extra 3.4 inches of rear-seat legroom. The new model will be available in front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions.
What Kinds of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
- Turbocharged T5 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine: 240 horsepower, 258 pound-feet of torque (front-wheel-drive model)
- Turbocharged T5 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder engine: 250 hp, 266 lb-ft of torque (all-wheel-drive model)
- Eight-speed automatic transmission
What Unique Features Does It Offer?
Spaciousness is the key here, with Volvo promising best-in-class rear seats. The S60 Inscription will have a high-end Scandinavian feel with Linear Walnut trim, silk metal accents and unique 19-inch wheels. The new model will also feature interior accent lighting and Inscription-branded tread plates.
The Premier model will feature leather upholstery, a moonroof and the Sensus navigation package.
Platinum models get the Sensus technology package, Harman Kardon audio system and dual xenon lights.
What Kind of Standard and Optional Safety Equipment Is Offered?
Like the standard S60, the S60 Inscription will be loaded with standard safety equipment, including antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability control, whiplash protection seats and City Safety — the automaker's collision-avoidance system that provides automatic braking to lessen or reduce rear-end crashes.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Audi A4: The Audi A4 features a sophisticated blend of power and poise. Its uncluttered interior design is held up as one of the best in the world, while the rear seats are surprisingly spacious.
BMW 3 Series: The 3 Series tops the shopping lists of many entry-luxury buyers. The handsome cabin features impressive build quality. The rear seats also are praised for their comfort and roominess.
Should You Wait for It?
Volvo wants to be more of a mainstream player in this segment, so the S60 Inscription will be closely watched and should tick all the right boxes for many buyers. But there are so many excellent choices in this category that it makes little sense to delay any showroom visits at this point.