Unsurprisingly, it looks like a shrunken-down V90 – but that isn't a bad thing.
Ahead of its Geneva debut, Volvo has lifted the wraps off the new mid-size V60 family wagon – remember those? SUVs have replaced stations wagons in many people's eyes, but Volvo is here to remind us of the practical benefits a well-equipped wagon can offer. Just as we saw in last week's leaked photos, the new V60 looks like a shrunken version of its larger sibling, the V90. That's because it essentially is just that since it shares the same Scalable Product Architecture, but that's no bad thing.
First introduced in Europe back in 2010 before it came to America in 2014, the Swedish station wagon is overdue an update. Luckily, the new V60 looks undeniably sleek and stylish, with an elegance that sets it apart from SUVs. It's also equipped with an array of premium features, a luxurious interior, and advanced safety tech, which Volvo hopes will set new standards in the mid-size premium wagon segment. "The V60 really is the central point of the Volvo brand," said Robin Page, Senior Vice President Design at Volvo Cars. "It's refined, has a beautiful proportion and stance, yet delivers on practicality and versatility."
The new Volvo V60 is 4.6 inches longer than the XC60, measuring 187.4 inches in length, while the wheelbase is 113 inches. As a result, the V60 offers improved interior and luggage space. With 18.6 cu. ft. of space in the back, the V60 is 3.5 cu. ft. bigger than the previous model. Cargo space increases to 48 cu. ft. with the rear seats folded flat. Volvo is renowned for its supreme safety tech, so it comes as no surprise that the V60 is equipped with all manner of hi-tech driver assists. City Safety automatically applies the brakes if it detects a potential collision, and is the only system on the market to recognize pedestrians, cyclists and large animals according to Volvo.
There's also a semi-autonomous Pilot Assist with improved cornering performance, which handles steering, acceleration and braking on "well-marked roads" up to 80 mph. The new V60 also includes Run-off Road Mitigation, Oncoming Lane Mitigation and other steering assistance systems. An optional Cross Traffic Alert is also available. Volvo is aiming to electrify all of its models by 2019, so the V6 is being offered with two hybrid gasoline options. These include a new T6 Twin Engine AWD gasoline plug-in hybrid that generates a combined 340 hp, or a more potent T8 Twin Engine AWD plug-in hybrid that delivers 390 hp.
These options will only be available in Europe, however. In the US, the V60 will be offered with two gasoline powertrains: a T5 FWD providing 250 hp and a T6 AWD with 316 hp. Both will also be offered in Europe. The new V60 will be available to purchase using Volvo's premium subscription service Care by Volvo, where you pay a monthly flat fee to access the car rather than own it. Pricing hasn't been announced yet, but customer deliveries are expected to start in September. In the meantime, Volvo will be showcasing the new V60 at Geneva next month.