Volvo’s 2019 V60 is a stylish wagon that offers up bundles of tech and, potentially, up to 390 horsepower.
Following hot on the heels of our experience with the 2019 Volvo XC40, here’s another model the company just revealed. It’s the 2019 V60 wagon. V-60. I said sixty. If you’re straining your eyes a bit trying to see how it’s different from the larger V90, we don’t blame you. In fairness, it looks an awful lot like the V90 wagon, in the same way an XC60 looks like the XC90. This one’s been scaled down, but it joins its “Scalable Product Architecture” (SPA) compatriots with new design language. And that design language exudes a sense of tasteful elegance we’ve come to expect from Volvo these past few years.
The new-generation V60 comes after a tremendous amount of investment in the SPA platform after Chinese parent company Geely took over in 2010. Now, the new platform underpins a sleek, sharp-looking wagon with more space than the outgoing model. According to Håkan Samuelsoon, Volvo’s CEO, “The family estate driver is an important customer for our business and has been for generations…the new V60 honors that tradition, but also takes it much further.”
To that end, the 2019 V60 features much of the same technology you’ll find in Volvo’s other models, including those from the 90 Series, the XC60, and the new XC40. There’s the brand’s City Safety suite with an autobraking feature that will pick out pedestrians, cyclists, and large animals, as well as other cars. The new V60 also gets the Pilot Assist system, which assists the driver up to speeds of 80 MPH.
The Sensus touchscreen infotainment system also makes its way to the new car, and includes Android Auto/Apple CarPlay support. You also get 4G LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity on the move.
Wide range of powertrains
Since the 2019 V60 shares its platform with Volvo’s 90 Series and the XC60, it makes sense that it would share powertrains as well. In the U.S. market, the V60 will initially get a T5 front-wheel drive model, sporting 250 horsepower. It’s unclear, per the information Volvo has provided, whether the T5 will get an all-wheel drive version.
Higher up the chain, there’s the T6 AWD, making 316 horsepower, according to Volvo’s announcement. Down the line, this wagon may also get a T8 “Twin-engine” plug-in hybrid variant. If that does come to pass, word is the T8’s powertrain will put out 390 horsepower.
Pricing and availability information is not available for the 2019 V60 at time of writing, but we expect it to arrive later this year. Stay tuned to TFLcar.com for more updates!
S60, V60 Cross Country UPDATE:
In an interview with Roadshow, Volvo executive Les Kerssemakers confirmed the more off-road capable V60 Cross Country is coming. He noted that, as part of the company’s wagon heritage, its inclusion in the new lineup is inevitable. That news comes in addition to the S60 sedan, which will be coming this summer.
Volvo will reveal the new S60 at its new manufacturing plant in South Carolina.