Volvo unveils new V60

Volvo has revealed all the details of the new V60 – the estate version of the S60 saloon the manufacturer launched last month.

The new model adds extra practicality to the S60's distinctive shape, but Volvo claims the design process was focused on 'making the car as close to a coupe as possible'.

The 'double wave' along the V60's flanks and the high beltline contribute to a fairly sleek appearance, but the touring version will face the same intense competition from Audi and BMW as the saloon.

The car shares the same chassis as the S60, but the dampers have been softened to insure a smoother ride over poor surfaces. Volvo claims the V60 was developed in parallel with the saloon and shares its greatly enhanced dynamics.

The estate will also get the five petrol and three diesel engines already made available to its sibling, including a 115bhp 1.6-litre DRIVe version.

The V60 will benefit from the S60's much-improved interior, and adds 40/20/40 split rear seats with a fold-flat passenger seat to reveal a level load floor. Volvo hasn't divulged how much load space it will offer in total, but the boot has expanded to 430 litres.

Like the saloon, the touring model will get a torque-vectoring traction control system, as well as the option to fit the manufacturer's pedestrian detection system that is capable of stopping the car completely if it detects someone walking into the road.

The V60 will make its public debut at the Paris Motor Show in September with deliveries to the first customers beginning soon after.
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