If you’ve been paying attention to Volvo’s lineup, you’ve probably noticed that its model line has become increasingly more sophisticated and elegant in recent years. It all started with the XC90, then the V90 came along in all its long and Swedish-wagon glory. After that, Volvo released the XC60, and then it showed off the blockier XC40. Now, the V60 has been unveiled, and it’s perhaps the best looking of the bunch. Volvo has been doing a lot right and this latest effort is enough to make us want to open our pocketbooks.
The 2019 Volvo V60 is a midsize wagon, and that might make you think boring family car, however, this vehicle is anything but. The model will come in a couple different trim levels, including a plug-in hybrid. The plug-in-hybrid variant won’t be available right away, but soon Volvo should bring it to our shores.
Here are the model’s details:
- There will be two different gasoline powertrain offerings. One with front-wheel drive and a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 250 hp, and another with all-wheel drive and a 2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder engine that makes 316 hp.
- The plug-in hybrid variatants will come in either T6 Twin Engine or T8 variants and make 340 hp total and 390 hp total respectively. The T8 plug-in hybrid model has a tow rating 4,409 lbs, which is quite impressive. Volvo hasn’t expressly stated these will come to the U.S., but it has said it will expand plug-in offerings for 2019, so it’s a good bet.
- The vehicle being a wagon, it has to have a good cargo area, and the V60 offers 18.7 cubic feet of stuff and can be extended all the way up to 48.1 cubic feet with seats folded.
- Volvo also offers the V60 with advanced driver support systems found on its other models. City Safety with Autobrake is available and uses automatic braking to avoid collisions. Also, the V60 can come with an updated Pilot Assist system which adds semi-autonomous controls to steering, acceleration, and braking. In addition to those main features, there’s also run-off-road mitigation, oncoming lane mitigation, and other steering assistance systems.
- Volvo’s Cross Traffic Alert system with automatic braking is available as are some other driver aids like blind spot monitoring, parking sensors, and a 360-degree camera.
- The interior of the car takes a page from its siblings and offers a cabin much like the V90 and XC90. The large 9-inch screen in the center of the dash runs Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system, which provides access to plenty of features, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity, navigation, weather updates, and several other apps.
We’d say that the new Volvo V60 has all the features and styling to be a successful car for the brand. While midsize wagons like the V60 aren’t huge sellers in the U.S., it would be cool to see Volvo change that with this model. The V60 looks modern and has the technology and powertrains to back up its looks. If we were considering an upscale wagon or crossover for the 2019 model year we’d check this car out first.
The new V60 will go on sale later this year and be available for purchase, lease, and through the company’s subscription payment plan called Care by Volvo. The subscription plan was rolled out last year and puts everything but fuel costs into one monthly payment to simplify the car-buying process. Every 12-months subscribers will have to option to swap into a new vehicle. However, if they’re smart, they’ll just stick with this sleek, Swedish wagon.