Volvo owes its current resurgence to crossover SUVs like the XC90 and XC60, both winners of the North American Energy of the Year award. But the Sino-Swedish company hasn’t forgotten its long history of station wagon management, and the V60 is the most recent pointer.
Unveiled in a residential driveway in Stockholm, Sweden, the V60 shares the Scalable Product Architecture that supports its SUV cousins, as well as the V90 wagon. Naturally, the midsize V60 is smaller sized than its larger V cousin, but larger than its predecessor– in the mantra of the 1950s, longer, lower, and larger.
The dimensional boosts are substantial: the wheelbase stretches 4 inches, to 113.1, and overall length (187.4 inches) is almost 5 inches more than the previous model. Width broadens by an inch, and the roofline is down 2 inches plus. Expanded measurements add up to more rear seat legroom and expanded freight capability, 30 cubic feet behind the second-row seat, 48 with the rear seats folded flat, increases of 2 and 4 cubic feet, respectively. The rear seatback divides 60/40.
Styling echoes the V90, slick, modern, and arguably much more appealing in this a little smaller sized scale. The angular front fascia, increasing character lines on the sides, sloping rear roofline, and wide stance give the wagon a sporty look, enhanced by Volvo’s signature LED light configuration.
The Volvo design team identifies the appearance of the light array as “Thor’s Hammer.” Nordic mythology electrically perpetuated. The emphasize of the revamped interior is Volvo’s brand new Sensus infotainment system, including among other features 4G connectivity, navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and premium audio.
European editions of the V60 will be used in hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions, in addition to a diesel and gasoline powerplants. However, U.S. versions will be restricted, a minimum of initially, to a set of turbocharged four-cylinders one for each of the 2 trim levels– T5 and T6.
The front-drive T5 is propelled by a 2.0-liter turbo 4 rated for 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, while the 2.0-liter in the all-wheel drive T6 boasts combined turbo- and supercharging system producing 316 hp and 295 lb-ft.
Power gets to the driven wheels via an 8-speed automated with a manual shifting mode. Although it won’t be consisted of in the U.S. launch, a brand-new PHEV model is expected to sign up with the V60 T6 lineup quickly after the fuel models show up in showrooms.
As you ‘d expect, the V60 will consist of Volvo’s comprehensive stock of safety features– basic adaptive cruise control with automatic emergency braking; pedestrian detection and avoidance; accident avoidance; lane departure warning and lane keeping help. In addition to the adaptive cruise auto braking, the security features consist of Volvo’s pioneering City Safety system, which can immediately stop the car at accelerate to 19 miles per hour when system sensors determine that the chauffeur isn’t responding to a potential approaching collision in urban traffic.
The Stockholm reveal made no reference of when the new V60 will reach U.S. display rooms, nor pricing.