New Volvo V60 to be revealed at Geneva show

2019 Volvo V60 gets family resemblance and moves upmarket

The Volvo V60 will reach the UK in 2019 after a Geneva motor show reveal

Volvo’s ‘Russian doll’ styling continues with the V60 estate, with an S60 saloon sibling arriving soon after

The Volvo V60 has entered the winter testing phase of development ahead of a planned launch at the Geneva motor show in March. 

The V60’s design is clear to see through the heavy camouflage, with obvious reference to larger models in Volvo’s line-up. An S60 saloon will arrive soon after and both will go on sale in early 2019. 

The BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class rival is likely to share engines with the XC60 SUV and will be built on the same Scalable Product Architecture as the rest of Volvo’s large model range. 

This means that a 401bhp T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid will top the range as a softer rival to the Audi S4 and Mercedes-AMG C43, while two 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engines and one petrol unit will also feature. It’s possible that a smaller hybrid using a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine will arrive later, shared with the XC40 small SUV.

Specs will mirror that of the XC60, with Momentum spec at the entry level and R-Design Pro at the top. Inscription will be in the middle.

Safety kit will also match that of the XC60, meaning that when it hits the market in early 2019, it’s likely to be the safest car in the class. The XC60 was declared the safest car ever tested by Euro NCAP last year, achieving a 95% overall score. It is equipped with safety systems that are more advanced than Euro NCAP currently tests on cars. 

Prices are expected to start from £28,000 for the V60 – £8000 less than the XC60 in entry-level 2.0 D4 Momentum spec. This is an increase of more than £3000 over the previous car, but Volvo’s move upmarket and the previous V60’s long production run account for the jump. By comparison, the XC90 is more than £13,000 more expensive than the entry-level V90

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Source: Autocar Online

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