Anton Andres / Volvo | February 22, 2018 12:41
Volvo aims to blend style and practicality in the all-new V60
Just a few days ago, it was reported that press photos of the upcoming Volvo V60 surfaced online. Now, the Swedish automaker has officially revealed the D-segment wagon with full details. The all-new V60 continues Volvo's tradition of building station wagons since 1949. Unlike most manufacturers, the company decided to launch their D-segment fighter in wagon form first, with the sedan to follow later.
As expected, the V60 takes a lot of styling cues from its larger sibling, the V90. Dominating the front fascia is the concaved, cascading grill. These are then complemented by rakish slim headlights with the brand's signature 'Thor's Hammer' LED daytime running lights.
The sides on the hand see a deep crease on the lower section of the doors, as well as 'pulled out' fenders to give the wagon a wider stance. At the back, it has a pair of tall, vertical tail lights, which has been a Volvo wagon characteristic from the days of the 850.
Inside, it follows the theme of the latest Volvo models with its long, portrait infotainment system, vertical air-conditioning vents, and the squared-off dashboard fascia. Also, the infotainment system houses not just vehicle settings and entertainment options, it also handles the automatic climate control system, navigation, concierge services, and more. Essentially, it is a condensed version of the V90's cabin.
This being a station wagon, Volvo boasts that the V60 has one of the largest cargo capacities in its segment, claiming to edge out the Audi A4 Avant, BMW 3 Series Touring and Mercedes-Benz C-Class wagon. Without folding the seats, the spec sheet says 529 liters of space is available and bumps up to 1,364 liters when the seats are stowed.
It wouldn't be a Volvo if it didn't have a host of safety assists. Aside from the usual host of airbags and stability control, the V60 gains a lot of the kit seen in the V90. First is the City Safety with Autobrake and they claim it is the only system on the market to recognize pedestrians, cyclists and large animals.
There's also the The Pilot Assist system, giving the vehicle semi-autonomous capabilities on well-marked roads up to 130km/h. Run-off Road Mitigation, Oncoming Lane Mitigation and other steering assistance systems are also available.
Engines consist of two plug-in hybrids, two turbodiesels and one turbocharged gas options. The D3 is the entry-level model in the range with 150 PS and 320 Nm of torque while the D4 gains more power with 190 PS and 400 Nm of torque. The lone non-hybrid option is the T6 with its 310 PS and 410 Nm output.
Plug-in hybrid versions are available in two specifications with the T6 Twin Engine and T8 Twin Engine. Power is rated at 253 PS and 350 Nm for the T6 Twin Engine while the T8 Twin Engine makes 303 PS and 400 Nm of torque.