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Engineering excellence for the city

Published: Jun 16, 2016 01:33:25 PM IST
Updated: Sep 30, 2016 02:55:19 PM IST
Engineering excellence for the city
Innovation from Volvo, via its ‘Drive-E, Sensus and IntelliSafe’ thinking, has culminated in a befitting response to this need in the form of the Volvo S60

Mapping the DNA of the city
In the city, where everything prevails in abundance, except time and patience, a companion that senses your need for comfort and elegance alongside sensitivity and safety could become indispensible.

“Try walking alone one night on some bright city street.
Listen to the noise and confusion and chaos that swirl around you,
like the music you remember hearing
the first time you fell in love…” - Ryan Williams, The City’s Whispers.

Cities have been home to dream weavers for centuries. They are the epicentres of business and commerce, education, art and culture.Despite the chaos and misery they sometimes stand for, they lead progress.As the confluence of everything modern, cities become a lodestone for the best and brightest minds; they also draw visionaries and dreamers in their wake. And while they offer supreme opportunities, they could also entrap within the quagmire of overcrowding.

At home en route
Busy entrepreneurs and corporate heads toggle between work spaces and home. While there’s comfort beyond compare at both destinations, it’s the journey in between that could make or break their momentum. Spending precious time in an automobile demands that its features are worthy in every way. Innovation from Volvo, via its ‘Drive-E, Sensus and IntelliSafe’ thinking, has culminated in a befitting response to this need in the form of the Volvo S60.

Riding the city beat

Equipped with Drive-E power trains to deliver best-in-class fuel consumption with fuel-efficient gear ratios and optimized aerodynamics, as well as the new large animal detection function of the ‘City Safety’ anti-collision system, Electronic Skid Control (ESC), Side Impact Protection Systems (SIPS) and a host of other protection for those within and around, the S60 is ready to take on the rough and tumble of the city.Elements of safety, which include Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC), Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), side air bags and Inflatable Curtain (IC)auto-on headlights, traction control, reinforced passenger compartment, are especially inbuilt for unpredictable road conditions.

Design flair
Replete with a floating centre stack, superbly comfortable ergonomically designed seats and Electronic Climate Control (ECC), every passenger is instantly put at ease. With button controls that are neatly integrated in the steering wheel design, several functions like cruise control, phone, infotainment, trip computer and the driver information menu in the driver display can be controlled, while one’s hands are still on the wheel. The car also boasts of sensitive interiors that showcase Sensus Navigation with mapcare, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, illuminated cruise and audio controls, ideal sensorial enhancement to any drive—a premium sound system by Harman Kardon, to name a few, the automobile effortlessly becomes an extension of a board-room or a living room.

Family moments
This 5-passenger sports sedan has copious interior space, a feature that’s critical for week-end road getaways with family, replete with a sun-roof option. Fitted with a trip computer, it carries its human cargo with as much ease and panache as it carries their luggage vacationing gear thanks to copious cargo space.Thoughtful accessories like the integrated booster seats in the rear seat allow children to sit comfortably and safely. The booster cushions that are specially designed to provide optimum safety, in combination with the seatbelt,go a long way in facilitating children.

Engineering excellence
When topped up with performance-enhancing Swedish engineering for better cornering, more thrilling handling, increased torque, power and excitement, the enhanced elements of sporty design inside and out make a powerful style statement too. Backed by Volvo’s Drive-E 2.0 litre turbo- and super-charged engines, the S60 offers a perfect blend of driver delight and fuel economy, topped with a responsive feel that facilitates city driving. Revitalized and designed around people to simplify and improve lifestyle, the Volvo S60 is the worthy companion of the modern day city-slicker.

Comrade in attendance
Coming back to Williams and his work of art, The City’s Whispers, he concludes, “And if you ever manage to fade away from the reality of it all, leaving only the intertwined rhythms that tell the stories of all the people this great city has seen, the words will finally make themselves clear:"To live, to learn, to love,it takes two . . . " Could this perhaps allude, at some level, to the Volvo S60 and you?

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