Volvo has unveiled the latest generation of the V60 wagon.
Hot off the presses comes official confirmation from Volvo of the second generation V60, and it’s a pretty little station wagon for the modern age. Built on Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture platform (just like the XC60 and XC90), the V60 comes with enough options to satisfy even the most discerning driver.
To start, there are a plethora of engines to suit every taste. For the petrol-heads, there’s the base-level T5 engine, a 2.0-L turbocharged inline four-cylinder that puts out 251 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, or the upgraded T6 engine which swaps the turbo for a supercharger and puts out 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.
For those looking for a little more economy, there’s the T6 and T8 Twin Engines, which marry that same turbocharged inline four-banger to a plug-in electric system and all-wheel drive. The T6 has 340 hp while the T8 has 390 hp, and both will be matched to an all-wheel-drive transmission.
And finally, for those Europeans who can’t get over the whole diesel thing, there are the D3 and D4 diesel drinking engines, which won’t be sold in North America.
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With what’s under the hood out of the way, let’s go to what’s in the V60’s computerized brain. There will be four drive modes: Eco, Comfort, Dynamic, and one you can program yourself to be whatever you please. The V60 also has a full complement of driver-assist software, including City Safety with Autobrake which automatically detects objects in front of the car and brakes automatically, and Pilot Assist semi-autonomous drive mode which keeps the car between the lines on well-marked roads with speeds up to 130 kph (80 mph).
There’s also Run-Off Road Mitigation, Oncoming Lane Mitigation, and Cross Traffic Alert with auto brake. Basically, the car does everything short of actually drive itself from point A to point B (but you just know Volvo is working on that too).
Finally, Volvo brings Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to the V60 with the Sensus Infotainment System.
Pricing is not yet announced, but you can purchase the V60 via Volvo Care, which is Volvo’s new leasing service. It works the same as a cellphone contract, with Volvo handing you a bill every month for the lease, insurance, and whatever other options you get with the car. Note that Care by Volvo is currently available only to customers in Germany, Italy, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, UK, and the USA, so you freeloading Canadians will have to finance the car yourselves.
The V60 makes her official debut in Geneva next month.