First official pics and details of Volvo's all-new V60 estate; due for launch at Paris in September
9 July 2010

Volvo has released images and details on the estate version of the S60, the V60, after a pic of the car was leaked to a Swedish magazine.

The firm's tagline for the new wagon is "as sporty as the all-new S60"; the firm is attempting to call the car a coupé instead of an estate - but it's still unmistakably a more practical variant of the S60.

See the official pics of the new Volvo V60

A strong crease along the flanks and a slim window beyond the C-pillar do give the car a more athletic stance, however.

Orjan Sterner, head of exterior design for the V60, said "From a design viewpoint the focus was on making the car as close to a coupe as possible, while retaining that handy extra space at the rear.

"Our sports wagon does not aim to compete with the traditional estate car," he added. "For the customer who wants a lot of load space there is our V70."

The car has a 40/20/40-split rear seat and a fold-flat front passenger seat, and can offer a totally flat boot floor. With the seats up, 430 litres are on offer; Volvo has yet to reveal a maximum capacity, however.

The V60's engine line-up will include the revisions to its range-wide motors announced in May. There will be five petrol engines, from 1.6 litres up to the 3.0-litre straight six, and three diesel options, 2.4 and 2.0 five-pots and a 1.6-litre four-cylinder unit.

Safety kit will include Pedestrian Detection, which can automatically brake at speeds of up to 22mph to avoid a collision with a pedestrian if the driver does not react in time and City Safety, which performs the same task with other vehicles.

The V60 will make its public debut at the Paris motor show on 30 September, and sales will start soon after.

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5 July 2010

Hope it lives up to the promise - will be on the shopping list to replace our Mondeo later this year if it does.

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5 July 2010

When will stupid car makers realise that calling anything with more than 2 doors (or 3 in liftback form) a coupe makes you look like idiots. This 5 door estate is not a coupe. The stupid BMW X6 is not a coupe, nor is the 4 door saloon CLC or Passat CC.

ARGH!

Btw, this car looks nice .... cool estate car.

5 July 2010

Hey Volvo, you know what would make a nice coupe? An actual coupe. Not an estate, not a coupe convertible, and not a glorified hatchback ( this thing here ), albeit a pretty one. If you want to call something a coupe, make it a coupe first.

You should also consider not calling this an estate. It isn't. But like i said, it is pretty.

 

 

5 July 2010

Agree with other posters here - like the styling and it doesn't need to be a load lugger with the V70 just higher up the range. Hopefully the V50 replacement will be more of a loadlugger, though more compact. I do miss cars like the old C70 couple - reckon Volvo could make a decent GT coupe from the S60 platform or even a slightly smaller platform (s40/v50 replacement) using their 5 pot diesels and hopefully their new petrol engines.

5 July 2010

Very stylish, could be on my shortlist for when I next change. I think the interior design is the sort of move forward that we should be seeing in the industry in general, we need to move away from the traditional dashboard interior design, someone nedds to move things far forward and this seems to be the first step on that raod after the start made by the previous generation of Volvos. I'd always thought Volvos were practical and straight-forward no-nonsense cars but this seems to be breaking with tradition; I wonder if Volvo might be in danger of loosing more customers than they gain with this shift of emphasis.


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5 July 2010

Where does fit in the range?

I thought the V50 was the 3-series/ Audi A4 etc estate rival and the V70 was the 5-series/ E-Class estate competitor. Wouldn't have thought there is room for a V60, particularly given it will be on the same platform and have exactly the same engines as the ever so slightly bigger V70.

5 July 2010

Extremely poor visibility - and I'm not sure why they've given it upright tail-lights yet such a 'sporty' profile. They should just have used the saloon's tail-lights instead. I'll give it a miss.

I can see why they've done it - I just think it could have been better executed.

Oh, and why is there only one air vent in the middle of the dash? I'd expect two or three...

5 July 2010

[quote J400uk]

Where does fit in the range?

I thought the V50 was the 3-series/ Audi A4 etc estate rival and the V70 was the 5-series/ E-Class estate competitor. Wouldn't have thought there is room for a V60, particularly given it will be on the same platform and have exactly the same engines as the ever so slightly bigger V70.

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The S40/V50 are essentially Focus rivals while the V70 is an estate version of the S80 saloon and competes with the E-Class/Audi A6. The previous V70 however was an estate version of the previous S60 - a Mondeo rival.

5 July 2010

[quote Lanehogger]The S40/V50 are essentially Focus rivals while the V70 is an estate version of the S80 saloon and competes with the E-Class/Audi A6. [/quote] Yep. The V50 originally was meant to take on the 3 series, but being too small and based on a Focus platform (400 litres in the boot) really held it back. It's nice enough to drive and be in (as long as you're not in the back). I have no doubt when they bring out a new s40/v50, or a revamped one, it'll be smaller than this V60 and designed to take on the VW Golf estate etc, and hopefully be priced as such. It's more of a "the V60 fits, the older V50 doesn't fit in to the range" rather than the other way around.

5 July 2010

[quote ordinary bloke]Very stylish[/quote]

Indeed.

However, my dog doesn't like it. She says it's not as roomy in the boot as old "proper" Volvo estates, the jump into the rear is to high (she's getting old) and the boot area is not nearly as bright and air nor does it offer as good a view as good old fashion estates.

Gave Mercedes and Skoda a hard time about this recently. Would be unfair to let Volvo off otherwise I'm showing the same lack of balance as Nicksheele and Hyundaismoke.

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