2019 Volvo V60 revealed; new safety features, plug-in hybrid variant

The wraps are off the third-generation 2019 Volvo V60 station wagon, which is the fifth vehicle off the company’s Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) after the XC90, S90, V90 and XC60.

As such, it shares many notable styling elements with those vehicles, including the chiseled surface treament, ‘Thor’s hammer’ LED headlamps, bold grille with large Iron Mark badge and similar horizontal taillamps to the XC60 SUV.

As the V60 has typically been a Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3 Series competitor, the new car is sized accordingly. The wagon is 4781mm long, 1850mm wide and 1427mm tall, on a wheelbase of 2872mm, which is an increase of 96mm.

Powertrains, as expected, range from a 110kW and 320Nm diesel D3, 140kW/400Nm D4, and a 228kW/400Nm twin-charged petrol. A new ‘T6 Twin Engine’ variant is a plug-in hybrid which generates a combined 251kW/590Nm, in addition to the T8 Twin Engine that makes 288kW and 640Nm.

The Scandinavian interior design shares much with the rest of the Volvo range, but introduces some new trim options, including a leather and cloth combination with a trendy crosshatch pattern. The large tablet touch-screen and starter knob are all present and accounted for. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard.

The V60 incorporates all the brand’s latest safety features and also includes City Safety with autonomous braking when a collision with oncoming traffic is imminent – a feature the company says is a world first.

We will bring you more information regarding the V60’s Australian pricing and specifications when it comes to hand.

Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.

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