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.

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Volvo Announces Engines for V60 Sportswagon Coming to U.S. Market

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:

T5
4 cylinders 2.0 Liter Turbocharged
240 HP/258 lb.-feet FWD
New Drive-E

T5
5 cylinders 2.5 Liter Turbocharged
250 HP/266 lb.-feet AWD

T6
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.


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      PJPHughes1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can't wait to test drive this wagon! Well done Volvo!
      raughle1
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love the looks of this wagon, and I love even more that I won't see my car on every street corner, as I would with any of the small SUVs or sedans this competes with. Can't wait. I'll take mine in blue.
      Brex
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've been jonesing for a CTS Wagon to haul my dog, bike, golf clubs, etc. with some modicum of style and performance. Since the CTS Wagon ceases to exist after this year (for the time being, anyway), this just might do. And I'm not 65+.
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Brex
        I'm only 29 and I like a good performance wagon. Don't really think age has toooo much to do with the smaller segment that would like that type of vehicle.
      BipDBo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well done, Volvo, well done. Even the lower end engine options aren't shabby. I just hope that a third pedal will be available on all engine. Any chance on getting rear-facing kids seats in the back?
      Phontsolo
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like it and I'm happy that a nice looking wagon is actually making it to the US but I'd also like to see the Volvo V40 make it as well.
      Merc1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great news for wagon lovers. Volvo if nothing else, still makes the most comfortable seats IMO. M
      Get Squirly
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's nice to meet you, my next car.
      Alex740
      • 1 Year Ago
      Interesting to see how this sells, considering that the TSX isn't at the same quality level, the 3 wagon gets expensive very quickly, and the A4 Avant which would have been the most direct competitor is now gone unless you want an Allroad which is also very pricey. With those good looks, top of the class safety ratings and high quality interior, it might just fill the right gap to bring a decent number of sales back to Volvo.
      J
      • 1 Year Ago
      Want, very badly. That is all.
      kal_elkal
      • 1 Year Ago
      Come on Volvo, give us the V40 Hot Hatch? I don't need something as big as a wagon like the V60, but the V40 is a perfect GTI competitor.
      daveogermany
      • 1 Year Ago
      As someone who has a dog and thinks the 4-door GTI looks frumpy, I'm so glad to see this come stateside. It's the right size and fit for so many customers.
      Joey Franklin
      • 1 Year Ago
      V40 with turbo 4 please
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