The first victim of “greening” will be a new sedan Volvo S60, the launch of which will take place before the end of this month. “Four-door” will be the first model of the Swedish brand, devoid of a diesel engine.
The company explains this as another step in the program of “gardening” and electrification of the power scale, aimed at a complete abandonment of ICE in the future. In reality, probably, this is due to the tightening of environmental standards that require a reduction in the emission of harmful substances. Investments in the development of new, cleaner diesel engines, and modernization of existing ones, become unprofitable, given the decline in the popularity of diesel engines on the market.
The manufacturer also states that all new Volvo models, which will be produced in 2019, will be available with “soft” petrol hybrid, petrol plug-hybrid and electric power units. So, we can say that Volvo completely refuses diesel engines.
Volvo has not yet reported anything about plans for diesel engines in current models. Recall, the manufacturer uses various modifications of the two-liter turbo four. Will these engines survive to the end of the life cycles of the model, or will they also be gradually removed, not reported.
By the way, the company plans to bring the share of electric vehicles in global sales to 50% by 2025. This announcement was made within the framework of the Beijing Motor Show this year. However, in the Volvo product line there is not yet a single fully electric model, so there is something to work on.