Volvo has released the first official pictures of the all-new Volvo S60. The new car will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show at the beginning of March next year.

Production of the sporty saloon will start early summer 2010 at Volvo Cars' plant in Gent, Belgium.

"The all-new Volvo S60 is sculpted to move you. It looks and drives like no other Volvo before and the car's technology will help you to be safer and more confident behind the wheel," says Stephen Odell, President and CEO at Volvo Cars.

The Volvo S60 will be available with Pedestrian Detection - a safety feature that can detect pedestrians in front of the car and brake automatically if the driver doesn't react in time.

"The customers in this segment want emotional appeal, sporty design and dynamic driving properties. The S60 has it all. We are convinced that it will be one of the strongest contenders around," says Stephen Odell.

Although the engine line-up has yet to be confirmed, sources say that the car will be offered with an all-new 1.6-litre direct-injection EcoBoost petrol turbo unit, delivering 180bhp. A 1.6-litre diesel is also likely to power a low-CO2 DRIVe variant.

Volvo Cars, meanwhile, is in the final stages of being sold by Ford to China's Geely.

See also Dave's blog: Will Ford change its mind on selling Volvo?