Sporty Sixty Introducing the new Volvo V60 sports wagon


The new Volvo V60 makes its entry onto the car market with its sights firmly set on giving the all-new S60 a go for the title of “The Most Dynamic Volvo Model Ever”.  The new V60 is a car for those who know when to play it safe, and when to just get out and play.

“The typical sports wagon customer is a S60 buyer who would like some extra space and flexibility, but without the slightest compromise on sporty design and exciting driving properties,” says Gerry Keaney, Senior Vice President Marketing Sales and Customer Service, and adds: “The competition is razor-sharp and the customers in this segment know exactly what they want. That is why we have further boosted the interior’s sense of exclusive quality and packed the car with safety – and comfort-related technical innovations. The result is a truly unique sports wagon, in total harmony with its sporty attitude.”

In Volvo terms, ‘Sixty’ has become synonymous with ‘sporty’ – it all started with the inspired design of the XC60, followed by the dynamic new S60, and now the sporty and versatile new Volvo V60.

Sleek, Swedish design
The pronounced wedge shape and the slim coupé-like roof line of the new Volvo V60 are accompanied by a strong shoulder line that creates a gentle yet powerful double wave from the headlamps at the front to the tail lamps at the rear. The dip in the middle of the double wave visually pushes the car down. This enhances the stance and makes the car look sleeker and lower. The sculpted bonnet and the short overhangs front and rear also emphasise the sports car feel.

“From a design viewpoint the focus was on making the car as close to a coupé as possible, while retaining that handy extra space at the rear. Our sports wagon does not aim to compete with the traditional estate car. For the customer who wants even more load space, there is our XC70, XC90 and even the XC60,” says Örjan Sterner, head of exterior design for the new Volvo V60.

Uncompromising chassis approach
Volvo Cars’ chassis experts have chiselled out the driving experience in the new Volvo V60 with the same passion and uncompromising approach that characterised the development of the all-new S60 sedan.
The result is an authentic sports wagon with driving properties that do the sporty lines full justice.

“We’ve pushed the envelope to limits we’ve never previously approached. You simply have to drive this car to appreciate how we’ve driven chassis development to its pinnacle. Take the car out on a narrow, winding country road where every bend brings a new challenge and the new V60 will demonstrate its agility with sparkling enthusiasm,” says Stefan Sällqvist, who headed the development of the chassis in the new V60.

In the South African market Volvo’s newly developed dynamic chassis is standard on all models except the R-Design version, which will be launched in February 2011, that will be equipped with Volvo’s sport chassis as standard.

The difference between the two chassis alternatives is to be found in the dampers and the front and rear subframes. Here the touring variant has a somewhat softer setting to give a smooth ride on poorer road surfaces.

Every single detail refined
“The spotlight was on giving the concept of comfort a whole new dimension. The dynamic chassis has an alert, quick-responding character that puts the focus on the driving experience, yet without diluting ride comfort,” explains Stefan Sällqvist.

All variants of the V60, except the upcoming R-Design, can be specified with the optional FOUR-C (Continuously Controlled Chassis Concept) active chassis, which has been modified and refined for better control and comfort compared with previous Volvos.

The software in the AWD (All Wheel Drive) system has been modified to allow four-wheel drive variants of the new V60 to exploit the sporty new chassis to the limit. The V60 T6 is equipped with AWD as standard.

During the development process, the chassis team worked on the new Volvo V60 in parallel with the all-new Volvo S60. The result is a solution that features changes and refinements to virtually every single detail that influences a car’s driving properties. This includes improved steering, stiffer springs and bushes as well as more damping than in any previous Volvo.

The first sports wagon with Advanced Stability Control
The dynamic new chassis is backed up by a range of electronic systems that sharpen the sporty driving experience still further.

Like the all-new S60, the new V60 is fitted with Advanced Stability Control. With a new roll angle sensor, it is possible to identify any skidding tendency at a very early stage. This means that the anti-skid system can step in earlier and with greater precision. Advanced Stability Control is a great asset in dynamic driving involving considerable lateral forces, which improves handling and rapid avoiding manoeuvres.

New Corner Traction Control for smoother cornering
Corner Traction Control is a new feature that uses torque vectoring so the car corners even more smoothly. This technology is a further refinement of the Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC) system.

When cornering, the car’s inner driven wheel is braked, causing more power to be transmitted to the outer driven wheel. This allows the driver to corner more tightly while reducing any tendency to understeer. A highly advanced braking system is an important part of the dynamic driving properties of the new V60. Volvo’s new sports wagon is equipped with a number of features that interact to provide the shortest possible stopping distance in all scenarios.

Exclusive quality – with extra functionality
The interior of the V60 sports wagon is a clear example of how Volvo Cars’ designers have added excitement, contrast and a playful element to the Scandinavian design tradition’s simplicity and functionality.

The interior is lavish in terms of its driver-oriented details, but it is still a five-seater car offering comfortable space for all its occupants. Scandinavian design’s rationality, simplicity, clarity and functionality are all prominent in the new V60:

  • The 40/20/40-split rear seat and the fold-flat front passenger seat make it possible to combine passengers and cargo in a remarkably flexible way. Each backrest in the three-piece rear seat is folded with exceptional ease to create an entirely flat load floor. The rear seat headrests can be folded electrically.
  • The load area has been designed for maximum utilisation of each available millimetre. The 1095 millimetre wide tailgate in combination with extra space behind the wheel housings and under the load floor is an example of the systematic approach adopted to ensure generous load capacity. The load area has a capacity of 430 litres.
  • The rear seat can be specified with integrated child booster cushions in the two outer seats.

The most high-tech Volvo ever – with Pedestrian Detection
The sporty interior of the new V60 is also the most advanced high-tech environment ever available to a Volvo driver.

“The interior of the new V60 is all about innovative design in two areas: form and technology. The design is characterised by sporty freshness down to the smallest detail. The technological aspect includes all those smart solutions that contribute to a driving experience unlike that of any other Volvo – from collision avoidance safety and comfort systems to infotainment and audio excellence of absolute world class,” says Tomas Ahlborg, Project Director for the new V60.

Pedestrian Detection with full auto brake can detect if a pedestrian steps out into the road in front of the car. If the driver does not respond in time, the car can automatically activate the brakes.

“Volvo has always led the way when it comes to protecting the occupants in our cars. In recent years we have adopted groundbreaking initiatives that help the driver avoid collisions with other vehicles. Now we are taking a giant stride forward with technology that can contribute to increased safety for unprotected road users as well,” says Thomas Broberg, Senior Safety Advisor at Volvo Cars.

Can avoid collisions at speeds below 35 km/h
In an emergency situation the driver first receives an audible warning combined with a flashing light in the windscreen’s head-up display. In order to prompt an immediate, intuitive reaction this warning resembles a brake light. At the same time, the car’s brakes are pre-charged. If the driver does not react to the warning and an accident is imminent, full braking power is automatically applied.

Pedestrian Detection with full auto brake can avoid a collision with a pedestrian at speeds up to 35 km/h if the driver does not react in time. At higher speeds, the focus is on reducing the car’s speed as much as possible prior to impact. Speed can be reduced by up to 25 km/h.

Statistics reveal that the car’s speed has considerable importance for the outcome of the accident. A lower speed of impact means that the risk of serious injury is significantly reduced.

City Safety standard
The new Volvo V60 also features City Safety as standard.
With City Safety, the car automatically brakes if the driver fails to react in time when the vehicle in front slows down or stops – or if he or she is driving too fast towards a stationary object. The system can lessen or even entirely avoid low-speed rear-end impacts at speeds up to 30 km/h.

More powerful T6 version
The new Volvo V60 is available with a variety of diesel and petrol engines ranging from an economical 110 kW version to an eager high-performance turbocharged T6 derivative producing 224 kW. Volvo’s drive to cut CO2 emissions has lowered fuel consumption throughout the engine range.

The T6 petrol engine has a displacement of 3.0 litres and has been improved still further, primarily thanks to lower internal friction. It now pumps out 224 kW and 440 Nm of torque. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h takes 6.2 seconds and top speed is limited to 250 km/h.

At the same time, Volvo Cars’ engine specialists have succeeded in cutting fuel consumption by about 10 percent to 10.2 l/100 km (EU Combined).

The engine’s power is delivered to the wheels via Volvo’s second-generation six-speed automatic Geartronic transmission. New valves and lower friction mean faster gearchanges than before. AWD (All Wheel Drive) is standard on the V60 T6.

New direct-injected two-litre engine – 2.0T and T5
The new four-cylinder 2.0T GTDi (Gasoline Turbocharged Direct Injection) engine has a displacement of two litres and produces a generous 149 kW, with 300 Nm of torque available from 1750 rpm. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h takes 7.9 seconds with a manual gearbox and 8.4 seconds with the automatic transmission. Top speed is limited to 230 km/h with the manual gearbox and 230 km/h with the automatic.

Fuel consumption is 8.1 l/100 km (EU Combined) with a manual gearbox and 8.3 l/100 km with the automatic.

There is also a new T5 derivative, which is an uprated version of the four-cylinder 2.0 litre engine. The T5 produces 177 kW and 320 Nm of toque and sprints from 0-100 km/h in 7,5 sec in manual guise. Top speed is limited to 230 km/h.

Volvo new 2.0 litre derivatives produce superb performance while keeping emissions and consumption as low as possible. New in-house-developed turbocharged technology, direct injection and twin variable camshafts produce a unique combination of low fuel consumption, low emissions and a high and broad performance range, all packaged in a very compact format.

The 2.0T and T5 are available in combination with Volvo’s automatic six-speed Powershift transmission or a six-speed manual gearbox.

Two new 1.6-litre GTDi engines – T3 and T4
In addition there is also a new 1.6-litre GTDi engine which is available in two versions: 1.6 GTDi (T3) with 110 kW and a T4 version that delivers 132 kW.

The 132 kW T4 engine offers maximum torque of 240 Nm from just 1600 rpm all the way up to 5000 rpm. During short-term overboost, it provides an impressive 270 Nm of torque. This gives excellent lugging ability throughout the speed range. The torque curve is relatively gentle, resulting in a particularly comfortable driving experience.

The 110 kW T3 engine offers 240 Nm of torque.

The V60 T4 is available in combination with Volvo’s automatic six-speed Powershift transmission or a six-speed manual gearbox, while the T3 comes with a manual gearbox only.

Two five-cylinder turbodiesels – D3 and D5
The engine range also includes two five-cylinder turbodiesels. The D5 high-performance engine (this is Volvo’s current 2.4D) with twin turbos produces 151 kW and 420 Nm of torque. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h takes 7.9 seconds and top speed is 230 km/h (limited).

In the most recent D5 version, which was introduced in 2009, performance and driveability requirements have been met by fitting two turbochargers of different sizes, one taking over from the other and providing added power across a broader rev range.

The complimentary properties of the two turbos are utilised optimally for a combination of high performance and low fuel consumption of 6.4 l/100 km (EU Combined) putting this engine in the running for best in class.

In addition there is the newly developed two-litre D3 producing 120 kW and 400 Nm of torque. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h takes 9.4 seconds (manual and automatic). Top speed is 220 km/h (manual) and 215 km/h (automatic).

The new five-cylinder D3 is in principle the same engine as the present 2.4D, but cylinder capacity has been reduced with a shorter stroke to optimise fuel consumption.

Fuel consumption is 5.5 l/100 km (EU Combined) with a manual gearbox and 6.1 l/100 km with the automatic.

The D3 is available with either a six-speed automatic transmission or six-speed manual gearbox, while the D5 is fitted only with an automatic transmission.

Engine range

Petrol engines Displacement Configuration Output Torque

  • T6 3.0 6-cyl in-line 224 kW 440 Nm
  • 2.0T 2.0 4-cyl in-line 149 kW 300 Nm
  • T5 2.0 4-cyl in-line 177 kW 320 Nm
  • T4 1.6 4 cyl in-line 132 kW 240 Nm
  • T3 1.6 4-cyl in-line 110 kW 240 Nm

Diesel engines Displacement Configuration Output Torque

  • D5 2.4 5-cyl in-line 151 kW 420 Nm
  • D3 2.0 5-cyl in-line 120 kW 400 Nm

Entirely new Infotainment system
The new Volvo V60 also gets an all-new Infotainment system where information is presented on a five-inch or seven-inch colour screen in the instrument panel. The screen has a high position to make it easy for the driver to keep his or her eyes on the road.

The audio experience in the new V60 has been further enhanced compared with previous models.

“Our most advanced system, Premium Sound, has a class-D digital 5x130W amplifier with circuits from Sweden’s Anaview, Dolby Digital in combination with Dolby Pro Logic II Surround, the award-winning MultEQ from Audyssey Laboratories and 12 loudspeakers. All this creates an audio experience of absolute world class,” says Tomas Ahlborg.

The Volvo V60 is one of the first car models in the world to use the Audyssey Laboratories MultEQ technology. MultEQ eliminates the distortion caused by the car cabin’s acoustics, providing crisp, clear sound with improved soundstage for everyone in the car.

Local line-up and pricing
In South Africa, the new Volvo V60 will be immediately available with all seven engine derivatives. The new engines (T3, T4, T5 and D3) are now also available in the S60 range as well.

V60   Including C02 Tax C02 Tax

  • T3 Manual   R317,700.00   R2,625.00
  • T4 Manual   R341,900.00  R2,625.00
  • T4 Powershift   R359,300.00   R4,200.00
  • T5 Manual   R390,300.00   R5,175.00
  • T5 Powershift   R406,300.00   R5,550.00
  • 2.0T Manual   R366,000.00   R5,175.00
  • 2.0T Powershift   R382,100.00   R5,550.00
  • D3 Manual   R362,700.00   R1,800.00
  • D3 Geartronic   R376,800.00   R3,150.00
  • D5 Geartronic   R418,300.00   R3,675.00
  • T6 AWD Geartronic  R474,700.00   R8,775.00
  • Both the new Volvo S60 and V60 will be available in R-Design by the end of February 2011