A high-performance version, the V60 R-Design, made its world debut last Thursday at the 2013 New York Auto Show. Volvo then used their 15 minutes of NY auto show fame to also let the world know that the V60 will also be making a return to North American shores in January of 2014 as a 2015 model. Details were sketchy however since the V60 wagon was first introduced to the world at the 2010 Paris Auto Show and as a result we are not sure what model spec will arrive on our shores.
The wagon shares the current S60 sedan’s architecture and basic chassis dimensions. Its European powertrain inventory includes a wide variety of choices, diesel and gasoline, as well as all-wheel drive, and a new plug-in diesel-electric hybrid. We expect three differing trim levels similar to the S60 and with two turbocharged engine choices — a 2.5-liter five-cylinder and a 3.0-liter six-cylinder. We are hopeful that Volvo will also be certifying its currently in development 2.0-liter direct-injected, twin turbo four cylinder.
Volvo has indicated that the US model will be able to be equipped with all of their and possible future safety systems which currently include the pedestrian and Cyclist Detection system, introduced at the recent Geneva show. These are more than just passive systems like a lane detection system as they not only detect these types of hazards, but through the use of cameras and radar, they can override the drivers input to bring the car to a complete stop.
On the R-Design side of Volvo’s NY auto show press conference, the brand has put together a visual R-Design package for its newly facelifted S60, V60 and XC60 models. The car based models will also be able to equipped with a power upgrade for the S60 and V60 courtesy of Polestar performance.
The aesthetics start with new front and rear fascia’s, the grille going frameless and Tech Matte Black with a silk metal diagonal bar, the back end getting a finned diffuser and round R-Design tailpipes. On top of that, the S60 and V60 are lowered 15 millimeters and can be fitted with 19-inch versions of the company’s Ixion wheel pattern. Buyers of the 3.0-liter T6 engine can add the Polestar performance option, which cranks things up to 329 hp instead of the standard 300 hp, and an exclusive accelerator pedal comes with it.
Wagons still have difficulty distinguishing themselves in the US market dominated which is currently crossover SUV crazy, with now nearly a fifth of all U.S. vehicle sales, but Volvo nonetheless sees an opening and is willing to try and exploit it. The question that still remains to be answered is whether or not the Volvo brand can it revive the glory days of years past, when wagons accounted for a big percentage of Volvo passenger-car sales.