By on January 24, 2013

Volvo’s XC90 may be the oldest Volvo on sale but is it the Swede gettin’ some facelift-love? Nej. Swedish spy photographers over at Teknikens Värld have snapped some shots of the mid-sized S60 being refreshed for 2014. Want to know what they said without grabbing a babel fish? Click past the jump and see how much I remember from my high school Swedish lessons.

Although it’s only four years old the S60 is getting its first facelift. The new sedan will carry the new corporate grille that Volvo will be rolling our in late 2013 or early 2014 on the S60, S80 and XC60 in America. The Swedish sources tell us to expect a wider grille (the same one seen in the Chinese spy photos) with revised LED accent lights and a more aggressive bumper cover. If you click over to the link above you’ll see that Volvo hasn’t covered up the rear of the S60 meaning we shouldn’t expect the same BMW/Lexus aping trapezoidal tail pipes the 2014 S80 is supposedly getting.

Inside the changes seem limited to swapping the corporate gauge cluster used since the 2007 S80 for the new LCD heavy unit found in the Euro-only V40 wagon. The new unit looks inspired by Ford with a large central LCD for the speedometer and two smaller LCDs for other gauge functions.

Teknikens Värld says not to expect anything new under the hood, but they do expect to see some infotainment tweaks and some new active headlamp technologies. (Which I’m sure will never make it to America.) Want to know more? Wait for the Geneva Motor Show.

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19 Comments on “2014 Volvo Facelifts See The Light Of Day...”

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    Lots of camo, but it looks like a Dart.

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    I LOVE that freakin’ guage cluster. I’d be sitting in my car all day just to stare at that pod.

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    Wait, they still sell Volvos here in the States?

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I preferred Volvos when they were designed with a pencil and a ruler, with dash clusters that were made with the sole intent of functionality and not distracting you from the road ahead.

  • avatar

    looks like it might have a nice ass

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    If they subcontracted Sonic’s gauge, I’d say this car had a shot at outselling Saab next year. Without Sonic’s gauge, goodbye Volvo, nice knowing ya, thanks for my 240.

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    Too bad the underpinnings are the old Ford Focus and Mazda3. Stretched.

    And that other, more modern, cars do as well or better in safety tests.

    • 0 avatar

      Really? What other cars do better? The S60 was one of the only luxury cars to pass the new IIHS small overlap test? And they have been testing their cars for that type of crash since the 90s.

      And I believe volvos are some of the only cars with pre-tensioning seatbelts in the back seats, not just the front. And they use way more high strength steel than anyone else.

      Just because other cars get 5 stars does not mean they are as safe as a volvo. Other car companies do the bare minimum to pass the tests.

    • 0 avatar

      Sorry, completely wrong…

      1. The S60, S80, and XC60 are based on the EUCD platform. No relation to any generation of Ford Focus or any Mazda.

      (C30 and C70 are related to the Mazda3, but they are on the chopping block.)

      2. S60 aced the new IIHS “small offset” test; most of its competitors did not. Please see:

      • 0 avatar

        You, wrong:

        Robert Farago
        January 12th, 2007 at 9:37 am


        FYI According to our good friends at Car and Driver, the S80 is built with parts from the S40/V50/C70 (and the Euro Ford Focus and Mazda 3)– enlarged and strengthened where needed.

        The Ford EUCD platform (for “European D-class”) is Ford’s global midsize car automobile platform. It is loosely based on Ford’s compact Ford C1 platform. EUCD and C1 share many suspension, brake, and electrical systems.
        Current models

        2007– Ford S-MAX large MPV (introduced at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show)
        2007– Ford Galaxy (code name CD340) large MPV (introduced at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show)
        2007– Freelander/LR2 (code name L359) compact SUV (introduced at the 2006 London Motor Show)
        2007- 2012; Ford Mondeo introduced at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show
        2007– Volvo S80 sedan (introduced at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show)[2]
        2007– Volvo V70 station wagon
        2008– Volvo XC70 compact SUV
        2009– Volvo XC60 compact SUV
        2011– Volvo S60 compact executive car[3]
        2011– Volvo V60 station wagon

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    I thought the S60’s looks were perfect. Guess Volvo didn’t agree.

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    Volvo makes some very handsome cars. Unfortunately, I don’t like their logo or the name “Volvo”

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    Someone who learns how to paint over silver-painted plastic with matte black will make a fortune.

  • avatar
    Vance Torino

    So, when is a proper Station Wagon coming back?


    Well, if not, then you have no reason to exist.
    You have no unique qualities and your value proposition is poor.

    Good day, sir.

    • 0 avatar

      Volvo pretty much dropped wagons when they decided to throw out their old values of durability, serviceability, and top of the line safety.

    • 0 avatar


      High prices, bad depreciation, questionable reliability characteristics, and models that seriously need do-overs from the perspective of chassis age.

      Oh, and interiors that aren’t up to snuff. Almost any 5+ year old Volvo is losing the finish off of it’s interior buttons. Unacceptable!

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