The 2013 Geneva Motor Show promises to be filled with plenty of manufacturers introducing redesigned models and concepts. Volvo will be no exception while showcasing no fewer than six updated versions of their 2014 S, XC, and V lineups. The primary focus of this major change in these models is to improve quality and enhance the technology available to buyers. Within the new lineup, the 2014 Volvo S80 will surely get some attention as a sophisticated and luxurious sedan.
On the outside the updated S80 looks barely different from the current generation with both front and rear fascia creating the visual effect of a longer and wider S80. The taillights continue the long standing Volvo rear look and new trapezoidal daytime running lights compliment the front. Speaking of driving lights, the S80 features Volvo’s Active High Beam Control, which provides automatic low and high beam switching to help the driver at night to see better.
European models have many engine options, even the 1.6 producing 180hp. However, in the US the two motors remain. Buyers can choose between a 3.2L in-line six producing 240hp/236lb-ft or the powerhouse 3.0L turbo in-line six with 300hp/325lb-ft torque. Both engines are only available with the six-speed Geartronic automatic.
The 2014 Volvo S80 has a seriously improved interior with several technology enhancements and amenities. For connectivity Volvo offers a system called HMI (Human Machine Interface), which will allow Internet capabilities in the car. Volvo has set a precedence with the 7 inch touch screen that can be utilized while wearing gloves. Night driving is complemented with such nice touches as illumination of cup holders, door handles, storage areas and seat controls. Interior comforts such as heated steering wheel, paddle shifters, and windshield will be welcome additions on cold mornings.
Other upgrades include interactive gauge display that allows the driver to choose from three different options including the standard (speedometer, tachometer, etc), the Eco (a green indicator displaying fuel consumption), and Performance (red tachometer and power indicator gauge).
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