October 2011 is the time when the 2012 Volvo S80 is to reach the showrooms. Even though its design is not revised, the sedan does get a bunch of new features.
The most interesting upgrade is the Volvo's Sensus infotainment system, which now will come standard. All information will be displayed on a 5- or 7-inch color screen that is located in the upper part of the center console. The screen is positioned so that the driver can easily keep the eyes on the road. The functions are controlled using buttons integrated into the steering wheel or touch-buttons located below the screen. The flagship sedan will also come standard with the Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake. The system uses a camera and radar to monitor pedestrians in front of the vehicle. In case the danger is sensed, the system automatically brakes to avoid a collision. Another new feature is the Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist that can down to standstill. The collision warning system may be programmed to help maintain a safety margin to the vehicles that are moving in the same direction. And to avoid low-speed rear-end collisions, the 2012 Volvo S80 will come with a standard City Safety. Should the car go too fast in the direction of a stationary object, the system first warns the driver and then automatically brakes.
The exterior upgrade is not that conspicuous to be noticed at the first glance. Though when you look closer, you'll notice that for the 2012 model year the S80 got redesigned headlights, new exterior colors, LED turn indicators in the side mirrors, new wheel designs, and new interior trim colors.