Some people have a real problem with just about anything made in China, which in today’s world can put them in a tricky position. Those same people won’t be excited to learn that the first wave of Chinese-built Volvos are about to land in the United States.
Coming over on the boat from China is the Volvo S60 Inscription, which is the long-wheelbase version of the midsize luxury sedan. It’s a popular model in China, adding 3.2 inches to the wheelbase for a more comfortable rear seat area. In addition, the vehicle has an upgraded interior trim for a more luxurious experience. The 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder turbocharged engine sits under the hood, packing 240 horsepower. Front-wheel and all-wheel drive are both available.
The S60 Inscription further expands the S60 model lineup, which also includes a rugged Cross Country and performance-oriented Polestar.
Of course, Volvo is owned by Geely, a Chinese automaker that doesn’t currently sell cars in the United States. The Swedes are reaping the benefits of the new situation, producing a revolutionary second generation of the XC90, as well as busily working on expanding the Volvo model lineup. The new vehicles are expected to hit dealership showroom floors in about two months.
Before you think that all Volvos are built in China these days, the S60 Inscription is the only model sold in the United States that’s made in the Asian country. All other U.S.-market Volvos are assembled either in Sweden or Belgium, which has been the case for a long time.
As we reported not too long ago, Volvo is working on establishing a new production plant in the United States, not too far from the Charleston, South Carolina area. The move will allow it to pump more vehicles into this market, which is the company’s second-largest.
The Volvo S60 Inscription is made in a plant located in Chengdu, which is situated in the southwestern region of China. Volvo also has plants in Malaysia.