Volvo is planning to offer all of its models launched from 2019 onwards with either a mild hybrid petrol, a plug-in hybrid petrol or a battery electric powertrain, ditching diesel engines completely.
Back in February Volvo Cars CEO Håkan Samuelsson confirmed the company has stopped allocating capital to the development of new internal combustion engines, both diesel and gasoline.
Toyota has removed diesel from all of its cars, only now offering diesel versions of the Hilux pick-up truck, while Fiat Chrysler is expected to keep diesel options in just some of its largest vehicles, classing them as light commercial vehicles rather than cars.
As mentioned above, the new S60 will be the first new Volvo without a diesel option.
Not the new Volvo S60 saloon, which is due late spring.
The revamped mid-size S60, to be unveiled in the next few weeks, will become Volvo's first model not featuring a diesel option, the Gothenburg, Sweden-based company said Wednesday. The S60's wagon sibling, the V60, was unveiled earlier this year. In fact, Volvo was the first traditional auto maker to commit to all-out electrification in July 2017.
Volvo will produce the new S60 at its brand new Charleston, South Carolina assembly plant.
Samuelson said hybridisation could be the key to helping petrol cars match the Carbon dioxide emissions targets of diesel cars while offering superior fuel economy.
Last month, Volvo reinforced its electrification strategy by stating that it aims for fully electric cars to make up 50 per cent of its global sales by 2025.