Russian doll styling means the Volvo V60 looks like a downsized V90; several previews have also been released
Jimi Beckwith
15 February 2018

The Volvo V60 has been leaked ahead of its official Geneva motor show launch, showing the car's side-on and rear-end styling. 

As can be seen in previous spy shots of the car, the V60 gets the Volvo family face, while the side and rear styling is similar to that of the V90. Volvo has also revealed glimpses of the car in a promotional video and preview shots. The leaked images first appeared on Bosnian site AutoMotoSvijet.

The V60’s design was clear to see through the heavy camouflage, with obvious reference to larger models in Volvo’s line-up which were styled by former Volvo head of design - now Polestar CEO - Thomas Ingenlath. An S60 saloon will arrive soon after and both will go on sale in early 2019. 

The BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class rival is likely to share engines with the XC60 SUV and will be built on the same Scalable Product Architecture as the rest of Volvo's large model range. 

This means that a 401bhp T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid - as seen in the leaked images with quad rectangular exhausts - will top the range as a softer rival to the Audi S4 and Mercedes-AMG C43, while two 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engines and one petrol unit will also feature. It’s possible that a smaller hybrid using a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine will arrive later, shared with the XC40 small SUV.

Specs will mirror that of the XC60, with Momentum spec at the entry level and R-Design Pro at the top. Inscription will be in the middle.

Safety kit will also match that of the XC60, meaning that when it hits the market in early 2019, it’s likely to be the safest car in the class. The XC60 was declared the safest car ever tested by Euro NCAP last year, achieving a 95% overall score. It is equipped with safety systems that are more advanced than Euro NCAP currently tests on cars. 

Prices are expected to start from £28,000 for the V60 - £8000 less than the XC60 in entry-level 2.0 D4 Momentum spec. This is an increase of more than £3000 over the previous car, but Volvo's move upmarket and the previous V60's long production run account for the jump. By comparison, the XC90 is more than £13,000 more expensive than the entry-level V90

With Volvo introducing subscription plans, named Care by Volvo for its models, starting with the XC40, it's likely that this will also be rolled out across the rest of the range, including the V60. 

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25 January 2018

"Volvo’s 'Russian doll' styling approach for its line-up has gone down well with buyers". And yet when Audi, BMW or Mercedes go for similar looks across their saloon range they often get criticised by some buyers and critics.

25 January 2018
Lanehogger wrote:

"Volvo’s 'Russian doll' styling approach for its line-up has gone down well with buyers". And yet when Audi, BMW or Mercedes go for similar looks across their saloon range they often get criticised by some buyers and critics.

It might be that the new Volvo looks is still fresh and, in my personal opinion, quite nice, whilst the current Audi image dates from 2005 and it's not very pretty.

25 January 2018

Such polite swedes, showing the M finger several times on the images, maybe they should stick them up their ****. What do you expect going public with an heavily camouflaged car?1 LOL.

25 January 2018

Don't have a problem with good design being resized, it gives the consumer choice. Hopefully be an end to all boring posts about German car companies design approach, afterall it can't be easy when you've got approx. 10 model range with no cross over design! 

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

25 January 2018
It's likely to live in the shadow of the XC60 (if the larger S90/V90 are anything to go by). Volvo only really hit it big with SUV's these days. I would be surprised if this breaks into the A4/3 Series/C-Class segment.

25 January 2018

Clearly Volvo have not got enough recognition in the emerging markets or they would abandon the Russian Doll styling just like Audi.

26 January 2018

Maybe the current design language just works, so it makes sense to capitalise on the very well received good looks of the V/XC90 and apply them to this segment too.  At least Volvo have made some effort to break away from the Russian doll theme potentially blanketing the range with the introduction of the XC40. 



26 January 2018

How Soft Roaders command higher prices and demand than they equivalent saloons/hatches. Mazda are the same with the 6 estate vs CX5, X5 vs 5 series etc. Somehow buyers are convinced that being higher and subjective prestige this affords outweighs normal hard metrics; higher fuel consumption, more weight, worse ride and handling. Its so strong they are willing to pay '000s more and not even consider an alternative. Its massive, illogical group think. Could it be its just differnet, new designs and fashion that at some point people will no longer pay a premium? Could it be there is a degree of price alignment between the manudactuers on this market for cars? Think Volvo, JLR ?

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