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Volvo honours wagon heritage with futuristic V60

Power comes from turbocharged 4-cylinder or turbo and supercharged four

Published: March 31, 2018, 1:00 AM
Updated: April 6, 2018, 3:13 AM

2019 Volvo V60

Volvo came to New York to apparently make it big, taking home the 2018 World Car of the Year award for the XC60 sport utility vehicle, and pulling back the covers off its next-generation station wagon, an updated V60.

2019 Volvo V60

The newest V60 comes to market some more than six decades since Volvo introduced its first station wagon, and pushes forward with Volvo’s current leadership in the North American luxury wagon market. The new car is based on Volvo Cars’ Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), which it shares with the award-winning XC60 (which earlier this year also won North American Utility of the Year for 2018), as well as the members of the 90-Series (sedan, wagons and sport utility).

It will be had in either front wheel drive (T5) or all-wheel drive (T6), both powered by versions of the 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine (turbocharged in the T5 to make 248 hp; turbo and supercharged in T6 for 316 hp), which are ready to gain electric assist in Volvo’s electrification future. Both are controlled by 8-speed automatics.

2019 Volvo V60

The new car will be available in the Care By Volvo program, which basically has drivers paying a monthly fee to drive whichever Volvo they choose while Volvo takes care of all the ownership requirements— insurance, upkeep, following maintenance schedules, and even valet pickup and delivery as needed, when switching between models.

More information on the trim designations, equipment levels and pricing will be available closer to the on-sale date, which has also not been released.