Turns out that promised new production Volvo model for the United States is indeed the V60 wagon, as we had previously predicted. And it's not terribly surprising, as Volvo has a long and storied history of wagon sales in the US, from the old, loveable 240 to the more recent high-performance V70R. And yet the automaker hasn't had a proper non-XC, non-crossover-style wagon in the US since it pulled the V70 away at the end of the 2010 model year.

"The new Volvo V60 is for people who want the handling of a dynamic sports sedan but need the versatility of a wagon," says Volvo, highlighting the reason many of us on the Autoblog team harbor such fondness for wagons in general.

Volvo is currently showing off the R-Design package for its entire model line, including the V60, at the New York Auto Show. We don't know for sure if the V60 will launch with the R-Design package or if it will come at a later date, and we also see no mention of a Polestar edition, though we're hopeful.

Of course, we're on our knees pleading that Volvo will see the light and decide to offer its latest V40 and XC40 wagons in the US, too. But back to the news at hand – we don't yet have pricing or final specifications, but Volvo says the V60 will hit the States early in 2014. Check out the image gallery above for visuals, and feel free to read through the brief press release below.
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Volvo Announces V60 Sports Wagon Will Come to U.S. Market

ROCKLEIGH, N.J. (March 28, 2013) - Already a superstar in Europe, Volvo's V60 sports wagon soon will hit the shores of America.

Doug Speck, Volvo Cars' senior vice president marketing, sales and customer service, made the announcement at the New York International Auto Show, indicating the new V60 will come to the U.S. market in early 2014. Pricing and specifications will be announced at a later date.

The V60 R-Design on the auto show stand marks the global debut of the R-Design version of the car. It projects an elegant, curvy and sculptured appearance that equally straddles luxury and performance.

"The V60 builds upon our wagon heritage, and it's a beautiful evolution in design and direction for Volvo," said Volvo Cars of North America President and CEO John Maloney. "Many consumers will be glad to see the addition of this exciting sports wagon to the Volvo lineup in America. And this time, we've added sophistication with the dynamic driving performance of a sedan."

The new Volvo V60 is for people who want the handling of a dynamic sports sedan but need the versatility of a wagon. Now, forging a new path with the V60, the Scandinavian automaker reaches a new level of design and sophistication, blending styling cues from its best-selling sedan with a sleek, curvy silhouette.

At the heart of the extra versatility of the V60 is its intelligent seating. Rear seats can be folded down in three 40/20/40 segments, allowing its interior space to be configured for passengers and loaded in a remarkably flexible way.


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      Pdexter
      • 1 Year Ago
      I got a say it feels weird to even read a headline like that. :D Here Volvo's are nothing else than wagons.
      superchan7
      • 1 Year Ago
      YES. A near-luxury wagon that looks great. The Mazda 6 is nice too, but I'm sure the Volvo has a better interior.
        Greg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @superchan7
        Well, it would be nice if the US would get the wagon 6, but that's not happening any time soon.
      darksider415
      • 1 Year Ago
      It'll be hitting the market, right around the time I'll be looking at getting a replacement daily-driver to take over from my 245. Perfect.
      Zoom
      • 1 Year Ago
      I want a wagon. But I also want a stickshift. Here's hoping the next Jetta Sportwagen (ne: Golf Variant) fill my needs, seeing as no one else wants to.
      Derreck Robinson
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like this a lot but I would much rather have a V40.
      Taint
      • 1 Year Ago
      Debuts in 2014? I wonder how long until its discontinued. Maybe 2016? Surely the 30 autoblog commenters that prayed for this won't be enough to sustain sales.
      mikeybyte1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Now all 1500 wagon buyers can start their list of demands/complaints: manual; diesel; AWD; etc., or not buying, blah blah blah. Personally I think it is great they are bringing the V60 here, regardless of the power/trans combos. I just wonder what all of the AWD/diesel/manual/wagon owners currently drive?
        lpattis
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        I currently drive a '12 XC70 (when I'm not driving my '09 911 C4S or my '05 Sienna AWD minivan), and would have much preferred a V70 w/AWD. If the V60 is big enough for my needs, AND if it comes w/AWD as an option, I will consider it for my next wagon. I don't need/want a manual, but would love to have a diesel option.
        ZOZ
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        This is all over internet; people ask and ask and ask for something till it's available. As soon as it is there are excuses and complains why it's such or not such. If no other issue is found, it's too expensive, At the end of the day none of those commenters is buying it! Whoever noods something (car/camera/mobile, whatever) just finds something close to their needs and buys it!
          BG
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ZOZ
          That is a function of the American car-buying mentality. Joe and Buffy Suburban decide they "need" a new car. They go to one or two dealers, and by that weekend, the shiny new thing is sitting on the driveway. Of course they has to take what was pushed on them by the dealers. Heaven forbid that they should draw up a criteria list, order what they want, and then wait a few months for it to arrive.
          lpattis
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ZOZ
          @ZOZ & A BG: Fine stereotype. Doesn't work that way for me. At all. It is true that we're limited by what is offered. Sometimes finding something close is the best we can do, since wagon enthusiasts have had the rug pulled out from under them completely...and it's the mindless CUV/SUV buyers that have done this too us. Might as well sell 'em all Hummers, since they want to look so big and tough. For instance, I worked hard to find a pre-owned acceptable A6 Avant (2011), as it was the *best* option for me, although a bit small. This was after Audi *discontinued* the model in the US, so I didn't have a "new" option. Found one under warranty. Had too many mechanical problems, and I am 110 miles from a dealer. A4 Avant, simply not big enough. Subaru: Too tall, too much road clearance, didn't trust that they had fixed their front-end shake problems, which were very real, but kept under the radar. Legacy wagon, had it still been offered would have been on the table as a consideration, for sure. Venza: Well, not my kind of car. Awkward interior, seat positioning, and drive. Still too much road clearance...I want a touring wagon, not a jacked-up CUV/SUV. Finally went with the XC70 T6 Polestar. Plenty of room. Plenty of power. Plenty of ugly...stupid cladding. Still too much road-clearance. Would have much preferred a V70 w/AWD.
      RocketRed
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice. Let me say that I am a wagon owner and wagon enthusiast who does not want a manual, doesnt care for diesel, and does not own a labrador retriever. I also have no massive collage of snarky left-wing bumper stickers on my car. I can\'t for the life of me understand why wagon/diesel/manual is some kind of ideal combo. Is it because it evokes the charming particulate-haze and squalor of post-war Europe? I\"m glad they fixed the rodent-face of the current generation S60. I no longer have the urge to put whiskers on the car.
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      Granny can finally replace her old Volvo wagon.
        SteveM
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scooter
        Easy with the Stereotypes there Scooter... this "Granny" loves his Volvo wagon - it's the best daily driver I have ever owned... seriously. My other two cars are a Corvette and a Mini Cooper S. For thrill rides they are obviously better, but if you want to get there relaxed, safe, and cozy, drive the Volvo.
          Brewman15
          • 1 Year Ago
          @SteveM
          +1 from another \'granny\' driving around in his red turbo Volvo wagon.
          MikeInNC
          • 1 Year Ago
          @SteveM
          +1 from another 'granny" guy driving a black manual-trans V70 T5 with drilled slotted brakes, engine upgrades...etc ;-)
          smoonpi
          • 1 Year Ago
          @SteveM
          where is the cargo space if this is a wagon? looks like another "hatchback". i'll keep with my '94 wagon until they give us a model with ample space
      • 1 Year Ago
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        Ryth
        • 1 Year Ago
        You should just cut a hole in the bottom and use your feet...manuals are ancient and archaic.
          TopGun
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ryth
          Ancient, archaic...and lots of fun!
          Audi Love
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ryth
          What a dumbass post by you. Manuals are ancient and archaic? This is why most Europeans laugh at us dumb Americans because we have people stupid and lazy like you who can't even shift a vehicle. Idiot.
          BG
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ryth
          Said by the suburbanite who can't drive a real transmission but covers it up with accusations of how unimportant and archaic it is.
          Mazdafreak
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ryth
          Yeah, well I'm soon gonna put a hole in the floor of the Passat because it doesn't have a clutch pedal. I'll let you fix it.
          Audi Love
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ryth
          Okay I'll be nice this time admins, this guy is making a fool of himself. ;)
        ICantDrive88
        • 1 Year Ago
        They'll sell what, 5000 of these? What do you think the go rate would be for a manual, like 2-10% MAX meaning they'd have to go through all the gov't red tape for 500 wagons? Then when you think of the people who'll buy either a sedan or an auto wagon who are in that 10% anyway it's like maybe 50 total extra sales?
          Zoom
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ICantDrive88
          I'm tired of the 'certifications' 'red tape' arguments. Companies go through it for limited models all the time. The 5GT, the 3GT, M6 manual, all the JCW minis (in both auto and stick shift)... yes, I am just signaling out BMW but they all do it. If they can justify certifying the M6 manual they can certify something else for us.
      lpattis
      • 1 Year Ago
      Don't need a manual. Do need AWD, but with no extra ground-clearance and absolutely no extra-ugly b.s. plastic cladding. A diesel option would be nice to consider. If the interior space is enough for me (and it may not be big enough, sadly), and if it can be had w/AWD, then when my '12 XC70 is of retirement-age I would hope to have the V60 wagon as an option.
        BG
        • 1 Year Ago
        @lpattis
        No, a few of us DO need a manual transmission, or we will turn to VW, Audi, or BMW when it is time to buy.
          Zoom
          • 1 Year Ago
          @BG
          The only manual wagon offered in the US that I can think of is the Jetta Sportwagen, gas or diesel. The Mazda3 is almost a wagon, but then again so is the Focus. Any other true wagon/manual combinations left? Come on BMW, I am pleading with you to take my money!
          lpattis
          • 1 Year Ago
          @BG
          @joeboarder: Subaru works (for me) only if they re-introduce the Legacy wagon. I got burned on a 2010 Outback. I was able to tolerate the ugly-cladding and excessive (for me!) road clearance...but they never were able to fix the front-end shake that developed on many of the Outbacks, including mine...claimed it was road-feel, and yet after a half dozen TSBs (oh, maybe they really felt something was actually wrong!) went back and finally redesigned some things for the '13...don't know if it's fixed, and don't care...and I have owned 7 Subarus in my life, starting before the Legacy, with a DL wagon.
          Nathan Work
          • 1 Year Ago
          @BG
          Neither Audi nor BMW offer their wagon with a manual, either.
      desinerd1
      • 1 Year Ago
      these mommy-mobiles are getting popular again. I saw a station wagon on the road the other day.
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