As well as adopting the floating centre console first seen on the smaller S40, the new S80 comes with high-tech features such as collision warning and brake support that engages to offer extra stopping power if the cruise control detects a front accident is inevitable.
Also fitted is the Personal Car Communicator, a device that offers keyless start, an alarm which alerts the driver if the system is not activated and a heartbeat sensor to detect if anyone is in the car.
Power comes from four engines – a D5 turbodiesel with 185bhp, a new 3.2-litre, six-cylinder petrol with 235bhp and a 315bhp V8 allied to a four-wheel drive chassis. Carried over from the existing S80 is the 2.5T petrol with 200bhp.
Volvo expects 70% of S80 buyers to be new to the brand when sales begin. Prices will be announced closer to the car’s launch.