The S60 will be powered by a four-cylinder 1.6-litre petrol unit using high-efficiency GTDi (Gasoline Turbocharged Direct Injection) technology and producing 180bhp. This GTDi engine will produce only 119g/km of CO2 making the S60 eligible for £35 road tax in the UK.
The S60 Concept can also detect when a pedestrian steps into the path of the vehicle. If this occurs the car's full braking power is automatically activated if the driver does not respond to the danger.
"Up until now, we have focused on helping the driver avoid collisions with other vehicles. Now we are taking a giant step forward with a system that also boosts safety for unprotected road-users. New sensor technology also makes it possible to advance from 50 percent to full automatic braking power. To our knowledge, none of our competitors has made such progress in this area," explains Thomas Broberg, safety expert at Volvo Cars. The car's speed has a significant effect on the result of a collision with a pedestrian. If speed drops from 31mph to 18mph, the chance of a pedestrian's survival increases.