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Volvo R-Design models revealed

  • R-Design trim on S60, V60 and XC60
  • More aggressive styling; sportier interior
  • On sale in June
Words ByMatthew Burrow

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The Volvo S60, V60 and XC60 are the latest models to receive the company's R-Design treatment.

Unveiled at the New York motor show, the new R-Design models get lowered suspension, matt black grille, LED running lights and a rear diffuser.

Inside, there are sports seats covered in nubuck leather with blue R-Design logos, a black headlining and a changeable digital instrument cluster.

All engines will be available for R-Design cars, ranging from the D2 diesel that's used in the S60 and V60 to the 3.0-litre T6 petrol engine.

The 300bhp T6 is the most powerful option, but buyers can add the optional Polestar software to boost this to 325bhp. This takes the S60 from 0-62mph in 5.9 seconds, the V60 in 6.0 seconds, while the XC60 takes 6.9.

Volvo predicts that nearly a third of UK buyers will choose R-Design models.

We expect prices to stay close to current figures, with the S60 from around 26,000, the V60 from 27,000 and the XC60 starting at around 31,000.

By Matthew Burrow