• Jan 24, 2011


North American Volvo enthusiasts are vocal station wagon supporters, though there's little to satiate their desires with the V70 out of showrooms in the U.S. Looking longingly at European offerings has taken on extra sting with the recent arrival of the sharp-looking V60 wagon – a five-door version of the new S60 – and would be just the thing many Volvo owners and intenders wish to park in their garage. According to Swedespeed, all may not be lost.

Speaking with new Volvo CEO Stefan Jacoby, the V60 may come stateside as a type of "enthusiast vehicle" sporting a unique selling point: a hybrid powertrain. "Enthusiast" in this case doesn't mean Rat Fink. Rather, Volvo may offer the wagon fans crave along with a hybrid powertrain to speak to the ecological consciousness of both the automaker and the buyer. A lot of the engineering work has already been done with supplier Vattenfall on the V70, which shares its EUCD platform with the S/V60, and it would keep Volvo loyalists out of the clutches of the Prius or Lexus HS250h.

[Source: Swedespeed]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Screw this "Hybrid" crap. Bring it over with a Diesel and 6-speed option; this appeals.
      • 3 Years Ago
      There are still a bazillion Volvo wagons on the road in my area, going back to the 240 models of the '70s and '80s. The vast majority are the base models, not the Cross Countrys of later years. I think a hybrid Volvo wagon is a good idea, but I think they would serve their customer base better with a true base model. I'm not talking crank up windows and drum brakes, lol, but a non turbo 4 or 5 cylinder, cloth/vinyl upholstery, 4 speakers sound system instead of 16, make sat/nav optional etc. Give it all the airbags and traction controls etc, keep it "Volvo safe" but price it in the lower family range. They'd sell a million of 'em and they'd be able to finance all the "R" sportwagons and hybrids they want to build.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Techno: my point is that not every single car by every single carmaker needs to be luxury laden. there are tons of wealthy people that don't consider cars the place to show off or spend a LOT of money on. The biggest shoreline homes around here are more likely to have a Volvo wagon or an old Saab in the driveway than they are a top of the line Lexus. Many people like to buy "good brands" like Volvos but don't consider them status items. They just want a good, safe car, and THAT's what Volvo built its reputation on. They're the LL Bean type of people. They'll spend $150 on a good wool sweater, but it's not covered with Swarovsky crystals like you'll find at any number of tacky malls. It will last 15 years, the same reputation Volvos have had for decades.
        • 3 Years Ago
        John: lol, My family has lived in New England for a couple hundred years. Around here LL Bean has a lot more class than J Crew! It's sort of old money versus new money.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Some of Volvo's problems is that the base MSRP for thier products are just too high....

        For example, the absolute base V50 in the US is still ~30,000. Cloth, No Sunroof, nothing.

        The V50 is about the same size as the Jetta Sportwagen. For the same 30,000 initially with the VW you can get alot of great features... and the Diesel Engine to offset the higher maintaince....

        Either Volvo needs to be price compeditive (with lower spec compeditors), OR feature compeditive! Right now... it rarely seems this way --> significantly lower US sales.
        • 3 Years Ago
        You really think vinyl upholstery is the key to success? The best selling cars out there are nothing like you've described, all of them come fairly well equipped. Even when manufacturers do offer a super stripped base model nobody buys them.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If indeed it is an "enthusiast" hybrid model, then I expect it to be like the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid, adding additional 60-70hp/torque to the 300hp or even the 250hp engine, with AWD and gets around 25-30mpg.

      If that is the case, then I am def. buying one, if not two!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Maybe they should get the technology sorted before pushing us on hybrids, great in theory but in practice there are plenty of problems.

        Porsche Cayenne Hybrid seems like a complete disaster with hybrid system problems see link

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReY4s6dczlM

        Who wants to spend that much and be a guinea pig, stick to the diesels
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was looking forward to seeing the wagon version in pics, but somehow it just doesn't work for me. That, and I'd be much more enthusiastic about a diesel than a hybrid.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just give me the wagon without the crappy hybrid thanks...
      • 3 Years Ago
      we need a hybrid wagon option that is not an SUV derivative. And that new prius V monstrosity does not count.
      • 3 Years Ago
      And the spirit of Picasso lives on, spontaneously possessing unsuspected designers and coercing them unto creating things that only a terribly disturbed mind can appreciate.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm going to come out and admit that I actually hate the new Volvo front end. I know it's supposed to be more daring or something, but I hate those headlights.
        • 3 Years Ago
        With you on that point.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just want this car here, don't care what powertrain. It is HOT.
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