2011 Volvo V60 Unveiled, But Not for U.S.

2011 Volvo V60 Unveiled, But Not for U.S.

2010 Paris Auto Show

2010 Paris Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • Volvo unveils its 2011 V60 wagon.
  • The new wagon will not be sold in the U.S.
  • A variety of gasoline and diesel engines will be offered in Europe.

GOTHENBERG, Sweden — When Volvo begins selling its new V60 sport wagon this fall, the U.S. won't be included among its markets. The automaker says 90 percent of V60 production from Sweden is destined to reach European customers.

A companion to the new S60 sedan, the five-passenger V60 wagon has a strong family styling resemblance to its sibling and shares much of its hardware.

A variety of gasoline (T series) and diesel (D series) engines will be offered. The range-topping T6 AWD features a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder that makes 304 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. It enables 0-60-mph acceleration in less than 6.6 seconds, with a top speed of 155 mph. At the top of the diesel range is the D5, a twin-turbo 2.4-liter five-cylinder that makes 205 hp and 310 lb-ft. It accelerates from zero to 60 mph in less than 7.9 seconds, with a top speed of 143 mph.

The V60 also will be available in D3, T3, T4 and T5 variants, as well as a frugal 1.6 D DRIVe edition with a 115-hp 1.6-liter four-cylinder diesel.

European buyers will get the new "dynamic" chassis as standard, while other markets receive the softer touring chassis. Volvo's Four-C (Continuously Controlled Chassis Concept) active chassis is optional. Additional enhancements include advanced stability control and corner traction control.

Buyers can also order a styling pack, which bundles front and rear skid plates, side scuff plates, 18-inch alloy wheels, unique exhaust pipes and front trim.

As we've come to expect from Volvo, the new V60 is available with a wide variety of safety hardware, including Pedestrian Detection (which automatically brakes for pedestrians), City Safety (which automatically brakes for other vehicles or objects), Driver Alert Control, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Information, Rollover Protection and Adaptive Cruise Control.

Edmunds.com says: The new V60 looks like a striking evolution from the boxy Volvo wagons of the past. — Anita Lienert, Correspondent

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