Mike Stevens | Apr 12, 2012

Volvo has announced a handful of updates for the 2013 model year, including new safety features, new styling options and an entry version of its D3 diesel engine.

The new 2.0 litre five-cylinder diesel option will be offered internationally in the S60 and V60 twins, along with the XC60 and V70 wagons, and the ageing S80 sedan.

Power for the entry D3 diesel is listed at 100kW and 350Nm of torque. Fuel consumption figures were not revealed.

In Australia, the D3 engine joined the S60 and V60 models in 2011, producing 120kW and 400Nm of torque. Paired with a six-speed geartronic automatic transmission, fuel consumption is listed at 5.9 l/100km in S60 form.

The five-cylinder D3 engine sits below the D5, which produces 151kW and 420Nm of torque and uses 7.1 l/100km of fuel on the combined cycle.

Other 2013 upgrades for the international Volvo range includes a Road Sign Information system, Tunnel Detection and Active High Beam.

New five-spoke 18-inch forged aluminium wheels will be offered with the S60, V60, V70 and S80, and the V70 and S80 models pick up updated versions of the existing 17-inch 'Saga' wheel design.

The V70 will also get an updated grille with gloss-black highlights, and the S60 and V60 will pick up new brushed-aluminium trim options.



Speaking with TMR today, Volvo Australia's Oliver Peagram said that local plans for Volvo's 2013 updates are still be finalised. It remains unclear if the lower-spec D3 engine will be offered here alongside the existing version.

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