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T5 Revealed as 2012 Volvo S60 Base Engine in North America

With options like the old 3.2-liter six, the venerable T5, and a new set of four-cylinder turbos all in Volvo's arsenal, there's been a good amount of speculation about what motor would find its way into a base, front-drive version of the new second-generation Volvo S60 here in North America. Well, thanks to a document from the Volvo Overseas Delivery program that found its way into our forums, we can now put that speculation to rest. A T5 will power the base S60 when it arrives for 2012.

The thing is, though, we don't know a whole lot about this T5 because it won't be a direct carryover from the one currently in C30, S40, V50, and C70 models. The current version makes a reasonable 227 hp, while the new documents indicate the 2012 S60 T5 will pack a more exciting 250 horses. We expect a few component changes as well as an engine mapping change will be responsible for the boost, just as the new T6 makes a bit more power than the one in 2010 models. Because of cost issues, the T5 likely won't get direct injection just yet, but it would be a safe bet to say the new higher horsepower version could find its way into all T5 cars for the 2012 model year. It should hopefully deliver better fuel economy as well, otherwise we'll definitely be questioning the decision against the new 2.0-liter turbo sold in other markets.

While official dealer pricing hasn't been announced (Maybe an official announcement will come at the LA or Detroit Auto Show) the document outlines "Tourist" pricing through the OSD program, and the S60 T5 will cost just $29,880 for anyone willing to pick the car up in Sweden. That blows BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi out of the water, even if MSRP is a few thousand more. In addition to losing one cylinder in the engine and the rear half of the all-wheel drive system, the T5 will be missing a few things from the T6's standard features list:

- Auto dimming rearview mirror/compass (added to Premium Package)
- Dynamic Chassis (part of new Dynamic Package)
- Homelink
- Speed sensitive steering
- Leather seats (standard is T-Tec/Textile, leather is added option in Premium Packge)
- 18" alloy wheels (17" Balder is now standard)

Additionally, navigation costs just a bit more as a standalone option. Hopefully we'll hear more about this new base model soon. Standard equipment and options lists are below.

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