Few automakers, over their history, have become so closely identified with station wagons as Volvo. And even fewer have come as close to perfecting the form.
The latest iteration of the Volvo V60, launched today in its natural habitat – the driveway of a family home in Stockholm, Sweden – continues that tradition.
The new V60 shares Volvo Cars’ Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform with the award-winning XC60 utility vehicle and four top-of-the-line 90 Series cars, which have been the collective force behind the company’s record-breaking global sales performance in recent years.
The mid-size, SPA-based V60 features a luxurious interior, increased interior space, advanced connectivity, plus Volvo Cars’ latest driver support systems and other safety technology.
In a first for the segment, customers can access the new V60 via Volvo Cars’ new premium subscription service ‘Care by Volvo’, which offers car access via a monthly flat-fee subscription rather than ownership. Care by Volvo will launch in Canada with the introduction of the compact XC40 utility vehicle.
The V60 will be available in T5 FWD form, rated at 250 hp. and in T6 AWD configuration, with a 316 hp powertrain.
Naturally, being a Volvo, the new V60 is replete with a comprehensive list of safety features as standard equipment, including advanced driver support systems already available in the 90 Series and XC60.
City Safety with Autobrake technology uses automatic braking and detection systems to assist the driver in avoiding potential collisions, and is the only system on the market to recognize pedestrians, cyclists and large animals. In a world first, City Safety now also engages autobraking to mitigate oncoming collisions.
Volvo’s Pilot Assist system – which supports the driver with steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads up to 130 km/h – has been upgraded with improved cornering performance.
The V60 also includes Run-off-Road Mitigation, Oncoming Lane Mitigation and other steering assistance systems. And optional Cross Traffic Alert with autobrake further improves safety for people inside and outside the car.
Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system is fully compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and 4G, and keeps drivers connected at all times. The system is controlled via an intuitive tablet-style touch screen that combines car functions, navigation, connected services and entertainment apps.
“The family estate (station wagon) 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.”
With all those functional attributes and handsome good looks as well, it’s enough to make station wagons popular again!