The all-new Volvo V60 sports wagon launches with coupe-like design combined with dynamic driving characteristics. The award-winning City Safety technology is standard with the new Pedestrian Detection as well as Full Auto Brake available as an option.
During its first year of production, the all-new Volvo V60 will be available with a variety of diesel and petrol engines spanning an economical 115hp DRIVe version to a high-performance turbocharged T6 model producing 304hp.
The pronounced wedge shape and slim coupe-like roofline of the new Volvo V60 are accompanied by the high shoulder profile, creating a gentle yet powerful double wave from the headlamps to the tail lamps.
"From the design viewpoint, the focus was on making the car as close to a coupe as possible, while retaining extra space at the rear. Our sports wagon does not aim to compete with the traditional wagon. For the customer who wants a lot of load space, there is our V70 or XC70," said Orjan Sterner, head of exterior design for the new Volvo V60. He added: "The dip in the middle of the double wave visually pushes the car down. This enhances the stance and makes the car look sleeker and lower. The sculpted hood and the short overhangs also emphasize the sports car feel."
Volvo's designers have integrated LED technology to create distinctive light patterns front and rear. The vertical position lights at the front, the side-marker lights, the turn indicators integrated into the door mirrors and the tail lamps at the rear give the new V60 an unmistakable profile even in the dark.
A styling pack gives the V60 buyer the opportunity to boost the sporty attitude. The styling pack includes front and rear skid plates, front decor trim, side scuff plates, special exhaust tailpipes and 18" wheels.
Volvo Cars' chassis experts worked on the driving experience in the new Volvo V60. The result is a sports wagon with driving properties that do the sporting appearance full justice.
During the development process, the chassis team worked on the Volvo V60 in parallel with the all-new Volvo S60. The result is a solution that features changes and refinements to virtually every single detail that affects the car's load carrying capabilities.
Volvo's new sports wagon is available with a choice of two chassis. In the European market, the newly developed dynamic chassis is standard, while other markets will have the touring chassis as standard with the dynamic variant available as an option. The difference between the two chassis alternatives is to be found in the dampers and front and rear subframes. Here, the touring variant has softer settings to give a smooth ride on poorer road surfaces.
In addition to the two standard chassis, all variants of the V60 can be specified with the optional FOUR-C (Continuously Controlled Chassis Concept) active chassis, which has been modified and refined for better control and comfort compared with previous Volvos.
Corner Traction Control is a new feature that uses torque vectoring so the car corners more smoothly. This technology is a refinement of the Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC) system. When cornering, the car's inner driven wheel is braked, causing more power to be transmitted to the outer driven wheel. This allows the driver to corner more tightly while reducing any tendency to understeer.
The T6 petrol engine has a displacement of 3.0 liters and now pumps out 304hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. Acceleration from 0-62mph takes 6.6 seconds and top speed is limited to 155mph.
At the same time, Volvo Cars' engine specialists have succeeded in cutting fuel consumption by about 10 per cent to 27.7mpg (EU Combined). The engine's power is delivered to the wheels via Volvo's second-generation six-speed automatic Geartronic transmission. New valves and lower friction mean faster gearchanges than before. AWD (All Wheel Drive) is standard on the T6. In addition, there is a new 1.6-liter GTDi engine which is available in two versions: 1.6 GTDi (T3) with 150hp and T4 with 180hp.
The 180hp engine offers maximum torque of 177 lb-ft from just 1500rpm all the way up to 5000rpm. During short-term overboost, it provides an impressive 200 lb-ft of torque. This gives excellent flexibility throughout the speed range. The 150hp engine offers 177 lb-ft of torque.
The T4 is available in combination with Volvo's automatic six-speed Powershift transmission or a six-speed manual gearbox, while the T3 comes with a manual gearbox only. The engine range also includes two five-cylinder turbo-diesels. The D5 high-performance engine with twin turbos produces 205hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. Acceleration from 0-62mph takes 7.9 seconds (manual and automatic). Top speed is 143mph (limited) with the manual and automatic gearbox.
In the most recent D5 version, which was introduced in spring 2009, performance and drivability requirements have been met by fitting two turbochargers of different sizes, one taking over from the other and providing added power across a broader rev range. The complementary properties of the two turbos are utilized for a combination of high performance and low fuel consumption of 52.5mpg (EU Combined).
During the course of the first year of production, a DRIVe version of the new V60 will also be introduced, featuring a 1.6-liter diesel engine. It produces 115hp and 200 lb-ft of torque, and will only be available with a six-speed manual gearbox.
Later during the first year of production, the new V60 will also become available in a T5 petrol variant producing 240hp.?
The all-new Volvo V60 is packed with high-tech solutions that actively help the driver avoid accidents - and help protect the occupants if an accident is unavoidable. Pedestrian Detection with full auto brake can detect if a pedestrian steps out into the road in front of the car. If the driver does not respond in time, the car can automatically activate the brakes.
In an emergency situation the driver first receives an audible warning combined with a flashing light in the windscreen's head-up display. In order to prompt an immediate, intuitive reaction, this warning resembles a brake light. At the same time, the car's brakes are pre-charged. If the driver does not react to the warning and an accident is imminent, full braking power is automatically applied.
Pedestrian Detection with full auto brake can avoid a collision with a pedestrian at speeds up to 21mph if the driver does not react in time. At higher speeds, the focus is on reducing the car's speed as much as possible prior to impact. Speed can be reduced by up to 15mph. Statistics reveal that the car's speed has considerable importance for the outcome of the accident. A lower speed of impact means that the risk of serious injury is significantly reduced.
The new Volvo V60 also features City Safety as standard. With City Safety, the car automatically brakes if the driver fails to react in time when the vehicle in front slows down or stops - or if he or she is driving too fast towards a stationary object. The system can lessen or even entirely avoid low-speed rear-end impacts at speeds up to 18mph.
The new Volvo V60 is equipped with the Roll Over Protection System (ROPS) as standard. Advanced sensor technology ensures that the belt pre-tensioners and the inflatable curtains deploy in the event of a rollover. This, combined with the safety cage, helps reduce the risk of occupant injury in such situations.
The interior is a clear example of how Volvo Cars' designers have added excitement and contrast to the Scandinavian design tradition's simplicity and functionality. The V60 is a five-seater offering comfortable space for all its occupants. The 40/20/40-split rear seat and the fold-flat front passenger seat make it possible to combine passengers and load in a very flexible way. Each backrest in the three-piece rear seat is folded with ease to create an entirely flat load space. The rear seat headrests can be folded electrically.
Easily accessible storage space is an important part of interior comfort and convenience. For instance, the new V60 has a storage compartment behind the centre stack and another in the center console armrest, while in the door pockets there is space for books, maps and soft-drink bottles and cans. Both the front and rear seat occupants have seat pockets within easy reach.
In the field of comfort, there are features such as the optional Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), which automatically maintains a set gap to the vehicle in front. What is new is that the Adaptive Cruise Control operates at speeds below 18mph, all the way down to standstill in a car with automatic transmission. The new V60 can be equipped with parking sensors front and rear and a Park Assist camera at the rear. A camera in the front grille with a 180? field of vision is a new Volvo feature that is available as an accessory. The camera is a great asset when maneuvering in crossings with limited view or when driving out from a tight and narrow exit such as a parking garage. The image from the camera is displayed on the 7-inch screen in the centre stack.
The new V60, like the all-new S60, gets an all-new Infotainment system where information is presented on a five-inch or seven-inch color screen in the instrument panel. The screen has a high position to make it easy for the driver to keep his or her eyes on the road. The Volvo V60 is one of the first car models in the world to use the Audyssey Laboratories MultEQ technology. MultEQ eliminates the distortion caused by the car cabin's acoustics, providing crisp, clear sound with improved soundstage for everyone in the car. In addition to the top-of-the line Premium Sound, which comes with a 7-inch screen, there are another three audio systems, all of which have been tailored for the V60 by Volvo Cars' own experts.
The initial annual target for the new Volvo V60 is 50,000 cars, 90 per cent of which will go to European buyers. The five largest markets are Sweden, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Italy and Germany. The new V60 will be built at the Volvo Cars production plant in Torslanda, Sweden and first cars will be delivered to customers in autumn 2010.