2018 Volvo V60 has a stylish exterior having several design influences from the bigger V90; gets a new plug-in hybrid powertrain
Having released pictures, Volvo will host the public debut of the all-new V60 at the Geneva Motor early next month. Following the lines of the XC60 SUV, it is positioned below the range-topping V90. The mid-sized wagon is built on the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) which is used for the large vehicles in the Gothenburg-based brand’s product range.
From the outside, you can readily see the impact of the V90 series as the V60 looks more like its baby version with a compelling road presence. Up front, it comes fitted with sporty six-point grille with signature iron mark and diagonal bar, sleek headlamps with Thor’s Hammer LED DRLs like the XC60 and a bold front bumper.
It has a low-slung stance, clean side profile with sharp character lines and flowing LED tail lamps. Compared to the V90, the all-new V60 is 174 mm shorter and stands 48 mm lower as it measures 4,761 mm in length, 1,850 mm in width, 1,427 mm in height and has 2,872 mm longer wheelbase.
On the inside, the 2018 Volvo V60 features an opulent cabin with luxury brimmed comfort. Mimicking the highly-popular XC60, the interior comprises of tablet-like Sensus touchscreen infotainment system with 4G wireless broadband, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity as well as vertically positioned air cons. The wagon has a cargo volume of 529 litres – just 31 litres deficit compared to the V90.
However, it is larger than the Merc C-Class Estate by 39 litres and 34 litres in excess of the BMW 3-Series Touring sold internationally. When the rear seats are folded, the volume expands to 1,364 litres. It will be offered with a number of engine choices including a single petrol, two plug-in hybrids and as many diesel mills.
The T8 Twin Engine with PHEV assistance uses a 2.0-litre supercharged and turbocharged petrol engine. Compared to its siblings, the power output is reduced by 17 hp to 303 hp at 6,000 rpm while the maximum torque produced from 2,200 to 4,800 rpm remains at 400 Nm. It is coupled with an eight-speed auto ‘box, 10.4 kWh Li-ion battery, a crankshaft integrated starter-generator and a rear electric motor capable of 87 hp and 240 Nm for a combined output of 390 hp and 640 Nm – lightly lesser than the same unit found in XC60 and 90 series models.
The new T6 Twin Engine opts not to use the supercharger and makes 253 hp at 5,500 rpm and 350 Nm from 1,700 to 5,000 rpm. The combined power output drops to 340 hp and 590 Nm but with same economy of 2.1 litres per 100 km and all-electric range of 45 km. The T6 AWD conventional petrol uses same engine as the T8 Twin Engine but develops 310 hp. It has a zero to 100 kmph time of just 5.8 seconds.
The 2.0-litre turbo diesel is tuned to produce either 150 hp/320 Nm in D3 guise or the 190 hp/400 in D4 trim. The latter has more chances of entering India if Volvo decides to launch the V60 wagon as potential for such body-styles is there.
As standard, the new V60 packs a myriad of safety and driver assistance features like City Safety with Autobrake, first-ever automated braking to mitigate oncoming collisions, Pilot Assist semi-autonomous tech, Run-off Road Mitigation, Oncoming Lane Mitigation, Cross Traffic and so on. Like the XC40, it will be offered on monthly flat-fee subscription service.