As a mid-size wagon, the V60 will rival C-Class and 3 Series wagons, along with Audi’s A4 Avant. Challenging rivals, however as these first official images show, Volvo’s newest two-box family wagon isn’t short on aesthetic appeal.
And the technology story is strong too. Following Volvo’s commitment to electrify all new models by 2019, the V60 has launched the V60 with two plug-in hybrid powertrains: the T6 and T8 Twin-Engine variants.
The headline figure here is 287kW – that’s what the range-topping V60 T8 generates from its twin-charged 2.0-litre petrol inline four and electric motor combo, enough to unlock a 0-100km/h sprint of 4.8 seconds. The same powertrain equips the T6 Hybrid, albeit detuned to a slightly milder 253kW figure.
A non-hybrid petrol T6 engine (228kW twin-charged 2.0-litre four-cylinder), along with diesel D3 (110kW 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo) and D4 (140kW 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo) engines will also be available.
Both a six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic gearbox will be offered available, however it’s likely just the self-shifting unit will be sold in Australia, and the manual restricted to low-grade variants overseas.
Sharing the same Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform as the Wheels Car of the Year winning XC60 SUV, the V60 measures 4761mm long with a 2872mm wheelbase.
Tipping the scales between 1690kg and 2069kg depending on specification, the V60 has a towing capacity of 1600-2000kg and a boot capacity of 529-litres with the rear seats up. This expands to 1364-litres with the seats folded down and measured to the roof line.
"The family estate driver is an important customer for our business and has been for generations," said Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo Cars.
"The new V60 honours that tradition, but also takes it much further."
The car also comes equipped with Volvo’s full suite of driver assistance technology, including semi-autonomous ‘piloted driving’ modes.
Australian pricing and arrival will be revealed later in the year.