In addition to revamping its entire 2014 lineup, Volvo has already promised us that we'll be getting the V60 wagon early next year, but now the Swedish automaker has confirmed that sexy wagon will go on sale in January. If that's not good enough for you diehard station wagon fans, there's even better news: An available R-Design model will be the "fastest and most powerful wagon in Volvo history."
The V60 R-Design will have a turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine under the hood producing 325 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. Other engines available in the wagon will include the company's well-regarded turbo inline-five along with a new turbo inline-four wearing the Drive-E name. Volvo says Drive-E can "offer the opportunity" to add electrification, but there's no word as to whether or not the US will receive a V60 plug-in model. Also not yet released are fuel economy, vehicle specs and pricing. More information about the V60 and its powertrains are available in the official press release posted below.
ROCKLEIGH, N.J. (Sept. 12, 2013) – Targeting best-in-class performance and best-in-class fuel economy, Volvo Cars of North America announced engines for the much-anticipated Volvo V60 sportswagon that will hit American shores in January.
From the automaker known for its wagons, the new Volvo V60 is by no means ordinary. It provides all the handling of a dynamic sports sedan but offers additional versatility for people who need a wagon. Pricing and specifications will be announced at a later date.
Powered By a Range of Engine Choices
The V60 will feature front-drive power from the new Drive-E family and all-wheel-drive models will be powered by engines from Volvo's current lineup. One of the Drive-E gasoline engines will be offered - a two-liter, turbocharged, 240-horsepower version.
"This is an exciting time of transformation for Volvo and shows our Swedish heart is beating strongly," said Volvo Cars of North America President and CEO John Maloney. "The V60 signifies our first step in a gradual move toward powerful, highly efficient, four-cylinder engines across the entire portfolio of our vehicles."
As a result, U.S. V60 customers can choose between the new engine and some current engines until Volvo transitions solely to Drive-E. At the top of the power heap is the performance-tuned T6 engine offered in the V60 R-Design, making 325 horsepower and 354 lb.-feet of torque.
V60 Engine Range:
4 cylinders 2.0 Liter Turbocharged
240 HP/258 lb.-feet FWD
5 cylinders 2.5 Liter Turbocharged
250 HP/266 lb.-feet AWD
6 cylinders 3.0 Liter Turbocharged
325 HP/354 lb.-feet AWD
The smaller, lighter Drive-E engines deliver considerably lower emissions and higher fuel economy savings - ranging from 13 to 26 percent depending on the engine to which they are compared. They also offer the opportunity to be augmented by electrification. Specific fuel economy numbers will become available shortly before cars with Drive-E powertrains reach retail outlets early next year.
Most Powerful Wagon in Volvo History
For the more performance-minded individual, Volvo's R-Design version of the V60 promises a more intense driving experience. Decked out in distinctive R-Design visual cues, revved by the performance-tuned T6 engine and enhanced with Advanced Quick Shift - transmission optimization software that improves the speed of each gear change - the V60 R-Design will be the fastest and most powerful wagon in Volvo history.