Volvo is launching a new electrified performance offer called Polestar Engineered, specifically developed for its upcoming 60 Series plug-in hybrid cars.
The makeover from Polestar looks to be cosmetically reserved, as you'd expect, and the performance increase isn't massive, but it's a clear signal Volvo are keen to add a performance edge to their electrified offerings.
Polestar may be its own brand now, but it will also continue to act as the performance arm of Volvo for the foreseeable future. And, we assume, quicker too.
Indeed, Volvo recently announced that all of its future Polestar products - think Mercedes-Benz's AMG or BMW's M products - would be electric.
Contrary to what many automakers do when introducing a new model, Volvo opted to bring out the wagon variant first; the 2018 V60 shares the same platform and powertrain options as its upcoming sibling, the S60 sedan. The 2019 S60 will become the first American-made Volvo.
The Polestar Engineered multi-link front and rear suspension incorporates premium Öhlins shock absorbers with a dual-flow valve that allows stiffening in the springs and dampeners while retaining comfort.
Next year, "PE" V60 and XC60 versions will arrive, available in limited numbers.
The shocks are borrowed from the Polestar 1 hybrid performance vehicle, meaning they are adjustable. The Brembo calipers are painted gold, peaking out from new lightweight wheels for the Volvo S60 Polestar Engineered. "All components have been fine-tuned to work together, delivering a responsive and exciting drivers' auto". Volvo said that the software upgrades used to achieve this also unlock greater fuel economy and improved pure-electric performance, while smoothing out the eight-speed gearbox's operation through more effective torque fill.