Volvo has always done things a little differently than BMW and Mercedes. Rather than hold back updates and release them all in “mid-cycle refreshes,” Volvo prefers to let the changes dribble out slowly year after year.
As a result of this process a car can change significantly over time but it happens so incrementally that to the casual observer it’s still the same car that launched four years ago. Such is the case for the 2015 Volvo S60. Verses the S60 launched just four short years ago this S60 has new bumpers, hood, grille, seats, dashboard, infotainment system, gauge cluster, headlamps, new and revised safety systems, all-new engines, and a new 8-speed transmission. The question before us today is: are these changes enough to keep the S60 fresh and competitive while we wait for the complete model-line makeover we’re all expecting in the next few years? Have a look at the video and decide for yourself…
That mechanical marvel under the hood of your car called a “motor” or “engine” is a large machine made up of hundreds of smaller parts, systems and subsystems. They all work together turning air and fuel into thousands of small explosions, which move your car down the road, getting you from point A to point B. If it seems complex, you’re right, it is.
Did you know that the force from hitting a pot-hole or speed bump can exceed several tons? The vehicles suspension and steering system supports the weight of the vehicle, absorbs shocks and bumps from the road, and allows the front wheels to pivot allowing steering and controls the geometry of the tire and road relationship for best traction and handling under changing road conditions.