The new Volvo V60 is here with hybrid powertrains and advanced safety kit
Volvo’s new estate has been revealed, boasting a smart look and plenty of on-board technology
Volvo has revealed the latest version of its popular estate, which gets advanced technology to make it “one of the safest cars on the road”.
There’s a wide range of engines, with a couple of hybrids spearheading the range as the brand moves towards solely electrified engines from 2019. Both are petrol-electric plug-in hybrid models with all-wheel drive, with the T6 model making 335bhp and the T8 making 385bhp.
Four other engine options will be offered in the form of two petrols and two diesels.
The new V60 sits on the firm’s updated vehicle platform and uses the same Scalable Product Architecture that’s on the firm’s XC60 SUV and larger S90 saloon and V90 estate. It’ll also get Volvo’s new design language, looking almost identical to the 90 series models, with ‘Thor’s Hammer’ LED headlights, L-shaped rear lights and sharp styling cues.
As we’ve come to expect from Volvo, there’s comprehensive safety kit on board. The firm’s City Safety system is ever-present, keeping an eye on the car’s surroundings to help avoid or mitigate collisions, which Volvo claims is the only one of its kind to recognise pedestrians, cyclists and large animals. It also benefits from the latest autobraking technology.
Meanwhile, the Pilot Assist advanced cruise control system, which can take control of the steering, acceleration and braking to keep pace with traffic, has been upgraded for the V60 with improved cornering control. All of these features combined lead Volvo to claim the car is one of the safest models on the road.
Customers can also now get the V60 through the Swedish carmaker’s subscription service, called Care by Volvo. Buyers get access to the car in a similar way to getting a mobile phone on contract, with different monthly pricing available depending on what’s included, such as servicing.
Pricing is yet to be announced, but expect it to start a fraction higher than the old car’s £24,145 entry point on account of the extra kit now standard.
Hakan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars, said: “The family estate driver is an important customer for our business and has been for generations.
“The new V60 honours that tradition but also takes it much further.”
The new estate comes at an incredibly successful period for Volvo. It sold 571,577 cars across the globe last year – an increase of seven per cent compared with 2016.
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