The new Volvo V60 is the car for people who need the versatility of an estate but want the handling of a sports sedan - all in a stylish Scandinavian package. The sporty feel is emphasised by new, comfortable sport seats and the new Sensus Connect system with unique on-line possibilities.
Fuel consumption is down to the same as the S60, at 99g/km of CO2 with fuel consumption of 74.3mpg in the Volvo V60 D4 manual.
Accentuated road presence
As with the new Volvo S60, the design team has increased the new V60's road presence by emphasising its horizontal lines, which visually connects the car directly to the road. The V60's silhouette is a visual reminder that this is no ordinary estate - it's a wagon with a coupé-like appearance.
There are several examples of the attention to detail in the new V60, such as the previously visible washer nozzles have been relocated out of sight under the bonnet and the headlamp washer jets now sit flush to help create a cleaner bumper line.
The radar cover has been painted gloss black, which practically makes it disappear in the grille. The chrome frame around the grille has been removed and the new, bigger ironmark badge enhances the new cars' self-confident look.
The previous camera based BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) has been replaced by radar sensors, meaning the removal of the familiar 'bubble' on the underside of the rear-view mirrors.
The new integrated tailpipes, which can be specified with some engine variants, are the physical and visual link to the technically advanced engines. But it's not just about beautiful design: the designers have had to cope with the fact that at operating temperature, the tailpipes have to remain perfectly in place despite the exhaust system expanding in length by up to 25mm. This is another example of true Scandinavian precision engineering.
To enhance the visual appeal of the car, it is now possible to specify the V60 with expressive 19-inch wheels and keep the same profile height as 18-inch ones, without compromising comfort.
Scandinavian design is exemplified by beautiful, simple shapes and surfaces with any unnecessary clutter removed. This is evident in the redesigned V60 interior and exterior. Inside, the attention to detail, the authentic materials - such as wood and leather - and the easy-to-use controls contribute to the in-command driving experience.
There are upgrades such as a new headliner, new upholsteries, and the silk metal frames around the air vents and light controls.
The gear-knob has been redesigned and the interior can now be specified with the additional interior lighting options.
At the heart of the extra versatility of the V60 is its intelligent seating. The rear seats can be folded down in three 40/20/40 segments, so that the rear 430 litres of load space can be supplemented quickly and easily. Parents favour the V60's two-stage integrated booster cushions for children. With one simple movement, the booster cushions pop-up from the seat base giving a comfortable and safe ride height for children from three years and upwards.
Unique new front
The V60 R-Design features a unique face with a redesigned, dynamic, expressive nose. The frameless Tech Matte Black grille has high-gloss black stripes, a silk metal diagonal and a refined R-Design emblem. The DRL lights in the outer corners reinforce the low, road-hugging impression. At the rear, the unique diffuser with aero fins is flanked by the round, high-tech R-Design tailpipes. The R-Design version is now available with all-new 19" Ixion II wheels.
New generation R-Design interior
The new sport seat comes as standard in the V60 R-Design. It features a blend of black nubuck textile and perforated leather. A supportive yet comfortable seat, that ensures a fresh and relaxed arrival after the longest of journeys, has been one of Volvo strengths for decades. The new seat retains this traditional comfort and makes a perfect addition to the in-command feel of a true driver's car. It has great hugging side support all the way from the thighs to the shoulders, so the seat keeps the driver firmly in position when cornering fast.
The embroidered R-design logo with a blue ‘R' confirms the sporty aura.
By blending inlays with a perforated look, black leather and contrasting stitching, the design team has created an R-design interior with all the details in perfect harmony, crowned by the black headliner. The new stainless steel tread plate with a bright blue ‘R' in the emblem is another exquisite detail.
CHASSIS & POWERTRAINS
Three chassis choices
The V60 delivers a dynamic driving experience, with the same pin-sharp handling as its sister saloon and with the same chassis options and the same levels of customer preference - Dynamic, Four-C (Continuously Controlled Chassis Concept) and R-Design Lowered Sport Chassis.
The V60 is available with a 1.6-litre GTDi (Gasoline Turbocharged Direct Injection) T3 petrol producing 150 hp and torque of 240 Nm. Fitted with the manual gearbox, it offers fuel consumption at 48.7mpg (combined) and produces 134g/km of CO2. When fitted with the optional Powershift automatic gearbox, CO2 output is 167g/km and fuel consumption is 39.2mpg.
Joining the diesel offering is the new Drive-E engine, the D4, a 2-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine with i-ART injection technology.
The new D4 produces 181hp with 400 Nm of torque and has class leading CO2 emissions of 99 g/km with fuel consumption of 74.3mpg when fitted with the manual gearbox. The D4 can be also specified with the new 8-speed automatic gearbox, giving emissions as low as 109g/km of CO2 and a fuel consumption figure of 67.3 mpg.
Two 5-cylinder diesels are also available in the V60, the D3 with 136hp and the D5 producing 215hp.
Fuel consumption for these engines with a manual gearbox stand at 62.8mpg and 61.4mpg respectively, with emissions of 119 and 120 g/km of CO2. Both the D3 and D5 can be ordered with a 6-speed automatic gearbox with fuel consumption figures up to 57.6mpg and 45.6mpg.
The D2 version of the V60 features a 1.6-litre diesel engine, producing 115 hp and 270 Nm of torque. Fitted with the 6-speed manual gearbox, it gives a fuel consumption figure of up to 68.9mpg, corresponding to CO2 emissions of 108 g/km. The corresponding figures for the automatic version are up to 67.2mpg (110 g/km).
Polestar Performance offer an upgrade to the D5 engine, increasing the power from 215hp to 230hp and torque from 420Nm to 470Nm. CO2 and fuel consumption are unaffected, all while being fully factory backed and warranty inclusive.
Sensus Connect - new connectivity possibilities
The HMI (Human Machine Interface) functionality Sensus is extended with the option to add intuitive all-new technology that enables connectivity and internet in the car. The Sensus Connect functions are shown on the 7-inch display which also houses the information on the climate, satellite navigation and infotainment system.
The driver can go online either via a car-mounted 3G SIM card or via a personal mobile phone. The voice-activation system works on all music sources connected whilst it is also possible to share a WiFi network with everyone in the car.
The satellite navigation system has been redesigned with new functionality such as the Send-to-Car feature where the user can look up an address on his/her computer and send the location to the car.
Fitted as standard to all specification levels is Bluetooth, allowing connectivity of mobile phones to the vehicle to make hands-free calls, along with the ability of music streaming. Also fitted as standard is Digital Audio Broadcasting, giving access to digital clear radio stations.
Adaptive Digital Display
The Adaptive Digital Display, which debuted in the all-new V40, uses an active TFT (Thin Film Transistor) crystal display to bring the driver personalised information. There are three themes to choose from: Elegance, Eco and Performance.
The default mode Elegance has a classic look and layout. The Eco mode has a green colour theme and is designed to encourage and reward a fuel-efficient driving style. Performance features red illumination, and a rev scale instead of the speedometer displayed in the Elegance and Eco versions.
Heated steering wheel and paddle shifters
To give drivers in cold climate extra comfort, three-spoke steering wheels can now be specified with electric heating. Cars with automatic transmission can get paddle shifters that give the driver the opportunity to shift gear manually with both hands on the wheel. Cars equipped with a rain sensor can now also get an electrically heated windscreen for rapid de-icing on cold winter days.
SAFETY AND SUPPORT
IntelliSafe, Volvo's blanket name for all active safety systems, is an important part of the driver-centric approach in the V60.
Permanent high beam with ground-breaking technology
The new Active High Beam Control eliminates the need to switch between low and high beam. Instead, Active High Beam Control makes it possible keep the headlights on full beam continuously.
When another car approaches from the opposite direction, the system helps to prevent dazzling of the oncoming driver by shading out only as much of the beam as necessary. This is done by an ingenious projector module mechanism integrated into the headlamp. The same benefit applies to drivers in preceding cars.
New Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection technology
New advanced software, including more rapid vision processing, has now made it possible to extend Volvo Cars' present detection and auto brake technology to cover certain cyclist situations as well.
The new Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with full auto brake is equipped with an advanced sensor system that scans the area ahead. If a cyclist heading in the same direction as the car suddenly swerves out in front of the car as it approaches from behind and collision is imminent, there is an instant warning and full braking power is applied.
The technology also detects if a pedestrian steps out into the road in front of the car. If the driver does not respond in time, the car can warn and automatically activate the brakes.
City Safety - active up to 31mph
The V60 features an upgraded City Safety system. This system is active at speeds up to 31mph. The car automatically brakes if the driver fails to react in time when the vehicle in front slows down or stops - or if the car is approaching a stationary vehicle too fast.
Cornering Light for better visibility
Another innovative option for driving in the dark is the low-speed Cornering Light feature. As an extension of the current Active Bending Light system, it lights up the area the driver is steering towards for safer manoeuvring.
Enhanced Blind Spot Information System - for better visibility
The V60 offers the enhanced Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), which is radar-based. The technology can now also monitor and alert the driver to rapidly approaching vehicles up to 70 m behind the car. Of course it still informs the driver about vehicles in the blind spots on both sides.
Cross Traffic Alert - covering your back
Cross Traffic Alert uses the radar sensors at the rear end of the car to alert the driver to crossing traffic from the sides when reversing out of a parking space. This is especially helpful in tight and crowded areas where the side view might be limited due to infrastructure, vegetation or other parked cars.
Road Sign Information - an extra "eye" on the traffic environment
Road Sign Information supports the driver by displaying road signs in the instrument display. Road Sign Information can be combined with the Speed Alert function, which provides the driver with a visual warning in the speedometer if the speed limit is exceeded.
Volvo On Call combined with Bluetooth
The Volvo On Call system can be combined with the Bluetooth mobile phone service. The Bluetooth connection allows hands-free phone conversations as well as music streaming from a preferred Bluetooth enabled portable music player.
Keep in touch via mobile application
A mobile application that makes sure that the driver can stay in touch with the parked car via an iPhone or Android smart phone. The mobile application is an extension of Volvo On Call.
Owners of all new models with Volvo On Call can download the application that opens up a range of connectivity possibilities. The mobile app is free and downloaded via the iPhone and Android application stores. The app is designed to offer the owner an intuitive, easy-to-use relationship with the car from a distance.