Volvo V60 official details revealed and now comes with advanced tech

The V60 also comes with the latest version of the company's Pilot Assist semi-autonomous system that can now operate unassisted on "well-marked roads" at a maximum speed of 80 miles per hour.

First introduced in Europe back in 2010 before it came to America in 2014, the Swedish station wagon is overdue an update. The new wagon's styling themes are now familiar, too, though no less striking.

US pricing has yet to be announced but as far as this author is concerned, the looks alone will likely be worth the price of admission. An entry-level V60 T5 model will send 250 horsepower to the front wheels from a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, while a V60 T6 all-wheel-drive model will deliver 310 horsepower to all four wheels while using a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder.

A pair of plug-in hybrid versions of the V60 will be available in certain markets, but Volvo says they're not coming to the USA -at least not initially. The new V60 will be available to purchase using Volvo's premium subscription service Care by Volvo, where you pay a monthly flat fee to access the vehicle rather than own it. Pricing hasn't been announced yet, but customer deliveries are expected to start in September. For the first time, City Safety includes a feature which enables automatic braking to mitigate an oncoming collision. Volvo says that for 2019, Pilot Assist offers better cornering capabilities, too. Lane departure and cross-traffic alerts are also part of the safety suite.

The new V60 shares Volvo's Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform with the XC60 and three range-topping 90-series cars in saloon, estate and SUV forms.

Volvo adds the V60 wagon to its car subscription service
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Inside, the V60 follows the automaker's simple, elegant approach with a vertically arrayed touchscreen for infotainment (including standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) and sparse controls.

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".

But now we get the official take on the new V60, and it looks good.

Volvo is renowned for its supreme safety tech, so it comes as no surprise that the V60 is equipped with all manner of hi-tech driver assists.

  • Joey Payne