2019 Volvo V60 Preview

FAST FACTS
  • Volvo introduces the redesigned 2019 V60 wagon
  • Bigger, longer and wider, the V60 is now a midsize vehicle
  • T5 and T6 model series in Momentum and Inscription trim
  • Expected future drivetrain to offer plug-in hybrid capability
  • Offers the latest in Volvo safety and infotainment technologies
  • Available via subscription through Care by Volvo program
  • Cargo space expands from about 29 cu. ft with the rear seat raised to 48.2 cu. ft. with the rear seat folded down


Introduction
Wagons are cool. They are the progenitor to all things that make utility vehicles so popular – primarily the functionality and practicality that make CUVs and SUVs the choice of many families. What wagons lack is the higher ride height and seating position that gives you a better view of the road, but in return they usually provide a lower center of gravity that makes the car more athletic and fun to drive.

Volvo knows what’s up. Hot on the heels of the gorgeously rendered big V90 wagon, the company introduces the redesigned 2019 Volvo V60. The previous V60 was a compact car, but this new version is longer by 5 ins. and wider by 2 ins., and now solidly resides in the midsize category according to Volvo.

This bump in size is attributable to the new V60’s basis on Volvo’s Scalable Platform Architecture, which underpins the XC90, XC60, S90, and the aforementioned V90. With those critically acclaimed models setting expectations, you can anticipate an equally excellent 2019 V60 wagon.

Exterior Features
Volvo takes the design language found on its latest crop of vehicles and renders it gorgeously on the V60. Its smaller size allows it to be tauter, with crisp sculpturing and creases highlighting its fluid lines. The lighting element known as “Thor’s Hammer” completes the signature look, distinguishing modern Volvos from their competitors.

Interior Features
While cargo capacity with the rear seats up remains about the same as the 2018 V60 at around 29 cu. ft., Volvo increases the amount of stuff you can carry with the rear seats folded from 43.8 cu. ft. to 48.2 cu. ft. There’s also more legroom for rear-seat occupants and more passenger space overall.

Of course, it would be a waste carting around inanimate objects in the V60, as the interior appears furnished in fine materials while adhering to typical Scandinavian design restraint and good taste. However, while I’ve found Volvo’s minimalism trend aesthetically pleasing, it does result in a bit of ergonomic aggravation when it comes to finding and using the controls. Perhaps the new 2019 V60 will address this interactivity issue.

Optional Features
Two trim levels will be available for the new V60: base Momentum and the luxury oriented Inscription. Momentum trim includes leather upholstery, power-operated rear liftgate, and a panoramic moonroof. Inscription trim adds upgraded leather upholstery, Driftwood real wood inlays, and more refined touches throughout the cabin along with chromed details on the outside.

Under the Hood
The 2019 Volvo V60 will launch in the United States as the front-wheel-drive T5 and the all-wheel-drive T6. In the T5, a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine makes 250 horsepower. In the T6, that same engine gains a supercharger in order to deliver 316 horsepower. Both engines send power to the wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission.

If history is any indication, future powertrain choices will include at least one plug-in hybrid offering.

Safety
One of Volvo’s brand pillars is safety, and the new V60 boasts the latest and greatest from the company’s technology menu. City Safety returns as the only forward-collision warning system with the ability to sense pedestrians, bicyclists, large animals, and oncoming traffic, and it does its best to avoid collisions with them.

Semi-autonomous Pilot Assist assists the driver with steering and distance maintenance on longer highway drives, operating at speeds of up to 80 mph. Volvo says it gets better steering capability, allowing it to work more accurately on sharper curves in the road.

Additionally, the new V60 offers blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic assist with automatic braking, a system that prevents accidental departure from the road, and more.

Technology
Dominating modern Volvo interiors, the company’s large, vertically oriented Sensus touch screen represents the pathway to infotainment, driving assistance, collision avoidance, vehicle settings, and cabin control adjustments. In addition to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, it will offer a subscription-based 4G Wi-Fi hotspot capability as well as a range of owner services.

Finally, the new V60 will be available to consumers via traditional purchase or lease as well as the company’s all-inclusive Care by Volvo program. This works similar to a smartphone service subscription, in that you get the V60, insurance, maintenance, roadside assistance, and concierge services all bundled together in a flat monthly fee. Better yet, after the first year of ownership, you can upgrade to a new Volvo, perhaps with more equipment.

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