New Volvo V60 estate is set to rival the BMW 3 Series Touring, taking design cues from the newly launched XC60.
Volvo is currently developing its second generation V60 estate car and now our spy photographers have snapped photos of a test mule. The images of a disguised car represent our first glimpse of the Mk2 V60, which is set to be make its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show.
Atop the usual camouflage are a number of layers of black material that further hide new V60 design elements that Volvo wants to keep from the public prior to the car’s official launch. A panel on the left front quarter has been left uncovered by the camouflage cladding, however, confirming that the new V60 will have a plug-in hybrid powertrain in its range. This isn’t surprising in light of Volvo’s plan to electrify its entire range by 2019. Overall, this Mk2 Volvo V60 test mule displays the traditional boxy frame that has accompanied Volvo estate cars for years.
The other thing that won’t change too much is the interior, as all of Volvo’s ’60 cluster’ cars – XC60, S60 and V60 – will feature a similar dashboard design to the ’90 cluster’ vehicles – XC90, S90 and V90. We expect to see the same portrait touchscreen display and high-quality materials around the cabin.
The V60 and the as yet unseen new S60 will use the same SPA platform as the XC60 SUV – the same foundations as used for the larger XC90, S90 and V90 cars. That suggests that familiar Volvo design cues are set to spread further down the range from the larger Volvo cars. This is confirmed with the latest V60 shots, which show the test mule sporting the new LED headlight cluster seen on the XC60.
Power is expected to come from a range of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, with the same D4 and D5 units from the S90 and V90 joined by a T8 plug-in hybrid and possibly a T5 petrol as well. Three-cylinder power is also on the table for the S60 and V60, as well as all the other cars that use the SPA platform. Volvo’s eight-speed manual gearbox will power the front wheels in most models, but AWD will be available, as well as a manual gearbox on certain versions.
A smaller, more economy-focused hybrid than the 400bhp T8 model is another potential powertrain for the V60 and S60, as well as the other cars in Volvo’s refreshed range. This set-up would harness engines and batteries from the forthcoming ’40’ range of models, which will use a smaller platform developed in conjunction with Volvo’s Chinese owner, Geely.
Safety is always a big part of Volvo’s products and the next S60 and V60 will be no different, combining passive crash protection with a host of modern active safety kit including automatic emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert and semi-autonomous driving tech.