Volvo is probably the best at making family wagons, and in recent times they’ve gotten rather stylish. The new sleek-looking V60 wagon is the latest addition to Volvo’s portfolio.
In addition to looking very similar to the bigger V90 wagon, it is also built on Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture platform – the same as the V90, S90, XC90, and XC60. Like Volvo’s other models, the V60 also makes use of 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol and diesel powertrains in various states of tune.
The V60 will also be available with two plug-in hybrid models with all-wheel drive, namely the T6 Twin Engine and T8 Twin Engine versions. The T6 will have a combined 340hp, while the T8 will have 390hp. There will also be regular non-hybrid versions; like the petrol-powered T4, T5 and T6, and the diesel-powered D3 and D4.
Volvo’s biggest selling point is indeed the reputation for safety in their cars. The new V60 comes with a list of safety features, including Autobrake technology – which automatically applies the brakes if the car senses a collision with pedestrians, cyclists, or animals. There’s also a Pilot Assist system, which helps the driver with steering, acceleration, and braking on well-marked roads up to speeds of 130km/h. Other features include: Run-off Road Mitigation, Oncoming Lane Mitigation, and Cross Traffic Alert with autobrake.
The same tablet-style touchscreen user interface that is found in the other Volvo models is also used in the new V60, and it comes ready with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Information on full pricing and specifications is limited, but the new V60 is expected to go on sale this summer with a starting price of around 40,100 euros. The new V60 can be seen at next month’s Geneva Motor Show.
Written by Alex Kisiri