Volvo’s new V60 wagon seems to have been revealed a little early.
The new V60 was supposed to get it’s big reveal at the Geneva Motor Show later in March, but a few snapshots recently got leaked via the Bosnian car site AutoMotoSvijet. Volvo must have gotten in touch since the article was quickly taken down, but not before the photos got snagged by Autocar and also posted online, along with some of the upcoming compact SUV’s stats.
Visually, the V60 looks similar to the V90 Cross Country, only a little lower and a little shorter, but given the V90’s titanic 195.4-inch length being a little shorter doesn’t account for much. The V60 is expected to be sold along with the sedan version, the S60, early next year.
As for what’s under the hood, Volvo hasn’t officially made any declarations but the smart money is on the same stuff as with the XC60 SUV, since the V60 is expected to be built on Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture. The engine is likely to be either the T5 or T6, depending on trim, which means a 2.0-L turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine with 251 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque on the T5 and 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque on the T6.
There’s also likely to be a diesel version, which means a D5 2.4-L inline five-cylinder engine with twin turbos producing 217 hp and 310 lb-ft torque. The Plug-in T8 hybrid is also a possibility, with 400 horses between the electric and gas motors and 480 combined lb-ft of torque.
The V60 is expected to start around $39,000 in the States, which puts it up wither other luxury brands like BMW and Mercedes. But Volvo has always been a brand that markets itself on boring reliability, so expect that value to retain for years to come.
It’ll also keep you alive, as the V60 is expected to come with the same safety features as the XC60, like whiplash protection system, side impact protection system, roll stability control, dynamic stability and traction control, inflatable curtain airbags, hill descent control, collision warning with brake support, and active bi-xenon lights. The XC60 received the highest safety rating from both the IIHS and Euro NCAP, scoring 95 percent overall with the latter organization.
The new V60 will take its official bow at the Geneva Motor Show next month.