2014 Volvo S80
- The new Volvo S80 and XC70: Exclusive sophistication on a new level
- Focus on elegant, sophisticated design and attention to detail
- New, intuitive Sensus Connected Touch system
- Enhanced IntelliSafe systems
Volvo unveiled a major renewal of its current model lineup at the New York International Auto Show, amounting to the most extensive development of
existing models in the Scandinavian automaker's history. Featured among them are its flagship S80 sedan
"The new features in the new Volvo S80 are based on our human-centric approach, which has been a Volvo hallmark for more than 85 years. They
take the elegant sophistication of our largest models to a new level," says Lex Kerssemakers, Senior Vice President, Product Strategy & Vehicle Line
Management at Volvo Car Group. He continues: "We pave the way for our future model lineup by bringing the models visually closer to each other.
The renewal is one of the most extensive in our history, with the main focus on improved quality and attention to detail."
- The new Volvo S80 - enhanced sophistication
A number of new exterior design cues reinforce the sophisticated contemporary presence of the new Volvo S80. The new front and rear bumpers
create a 'stretched' effect to make it look wider and lower. New rectangular Daytime Running Lights at the front give the S80 nose a more
contemporary look, while the rounded off classic Volvo lights at the rear visually pull the car down to the ground. The S80 can be fitted with expressive 19-inch wheels without loss of comfort.
"The whole effect adds elegance to the car," explains Fedde Talsma, Design Director, Exterior. "We have created a wider proportion on the front grill
and added more detail such as chrome exterior highlights to give the car an elegant feel."
It is the attention to detail that gives the S80 its enhanced sophistication. The S80 Inscription comprises an additional palette of upholstery options
that gives the customer the opportunity to elevate the interior to Volvo's most luxurious offering.
"We are very proud of having Bridge of Weir in Scotland as a supplier of our quality leather seats. Their genuine cowhide has far less surface
treatment than that in other premium cars, making it feel softer and more natural," says Lena Jiseborn, Design Director, Color and Trim. "The quality
of the seats and other materials used in the car give the car a true Scandinavian feel," she continues.
And under the skin, at the heart of the best driving experiences is a great chassis. The S80 buyer can choose from two chassis types - Comfort and Lowered Sport Chassis when the 19-inch Bor wheel is selected.
Enhancements for the new S80
- Sensus Connected Touch - connectivity on a new level
Sensus is the name Volvo uses for all its HMI (Human Machine Interface) functionality and the all-new Sensus Connected Touch is the latest
addition. It enables connectivity and Internet in the car and turns the 7-inch display into a state-of-the-art infrared, beam-scanned touch screen
that can be used even when wearing gloves - a world first in cars and handy in winter! Connection is made either via a car-mounted 3G/4G dongle or the driver's mobile phone.
The user has access to full Internet browsing (except when driving), Internet streaming of music, Internet radio (TuneIn Radio) with thousands of
channels from all over the world, on-line (Google) Map and Search, Embedded Connected 3D navigation with online traffic info, Free Parking locator,
weather information, a number of native and web applications, App Store for new functions and updates as well as a Volvo retailer locator.
It is also possible to share a WiFi network with everyone in the car.
This active TFT (Thin Film Transistor) crystal display takes the interaction between car and driver to a new dimension, always displaying the most important information in any given situation.
The driver can choose between three graphic themes:
The Elegance theme offers a more traditional appearance.
The Eco theme features green background illumination, designed to create an environmentally inspired look. An Eco meter is displayed on the
left. The current and accumulated fuel consumption figures are displayed - and the driver is rewarded with a green E light when eco-driving is optimal.
The Performance theme has red background illumination, creating a sporty atmosphere. In the centre, a rev counter scale replaces the
speedometer displayed in the Elegance and Eco versions. Vehicle speed is shown digitally in the center of the display. The right display includes
a power meter - a gauge that informs the driver how much power is available and how much power is being used at any given moment in time.
- Quicker acceleration with Advanced Quick Shift
Advanced Quick Shift (AQS) is transmission optimization software that improves the speed of each gear change. This new feature is now available on
all T6 engines and activated when the transmission is set to sport mode or when using paddle shifters. Gear changes are faster by as much as 50
percent between first and second, and as much as 30 percent on gear changes two through six.
This bolsters the sporty impression of the T6 and also produces fantastic acceleration results. Zero to 60 improves 0.4 seconds on the XC70 T6 AWD
- from 6.9 to 6.5 on model year 2014 with AQS - while the S80 T6 AWD runs 0.3 seconds faster - 6.3 to 6.0 seconds on model year 2014 with AQS - compared to model year 2013.
- More relaxed driving in the dark
Inside, an all-new Ambient Light enhances driving at night. It illuminates key features such as cup holders, door releases, seat controls, and luggage
and storage areas. Cars equipped with the automatic gearbox also feature a new gearshift knob with piano-black inlay.
- Heated windscreen and steering wheel
And for the added comfort of drivers in cold countries, the steering wheel can also be specified with heating for increased comfort on cold winter
days. Cars equipped with a rain sensor can now benefit from an electrically heated windscreen for rapid de-icing on cold winter days. To give drivers
in cold climate extra comfort, three-spoke steering wheels can now be specified with electric heating.
- IntelliSafe systems supporting the driver
IntelliSafe, Volvo's blanket name for all active safety systems, is an important part of the driver-centric approach in the S80.
The world-first City Safety technology is fitted as standard, and this advanced safety system now works at speeds of up to 31 mph. Both models
can also get Pedestrian Detection with full auto brake, which watches out for people walking into the car's path, as well as the new and
groundbreaking Cyclist Detection with full auto brake, which detects and automatically brakes for cyclists swerving out in front of the car.
Road Sign Information supports the driver by displaying road signs on the instrument display.
"As the leader in automotive safety, we have reduced the risk of being involved in an accident or being injured in one of our latest car models by
about 50 percent since the year 2000. By continuously introducing new preventive and protective systems, we keep moving toward our safety vision
that nobody should die or suffer serious injuries in a new Volvo car by the year 2020," says Thomas Broberg, Senior Safety Advisor at Volvo Car Group.
The upgraded City Safety system is now active at speeds up to 50 km/h. City Safety keeps an eye on traffic in front with the help of a laser sensor
that is integrated behind the top of the windscreen. The car automatically brakes if the driver fails to react in time when the vehicle in front slows down or stops – or if the car is approaching a stationary vehicle too fast.
Road Sign Information
Road Sign Information supports the driver by using a forward-looking camera to detect road signs, which are shown in the instrument display.
Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with full auto brake
Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with full auto brake consists of a radar unit integrated into the car's grille, a camera fitted in front of the interior
rear-view mirror, and a central control unit. The high-resolution camera makes it possible to spot the moving pattern of pedestrians and cyclists. The
radar scans the area in front of the car. Once it has detected an object, the camera confirms that it is a vehicle, a bicycle or a pedestrian and it
keeps an "eye" on the object. If the situation becomes critical and in collision-course with the object a red warning flashes in the windscreen and the car activates full braking power automatically.