Volvo has unveiled the all-new V60 Sports Wagon: the model, mainly targeted to European customers, has a coupÃ©-like dynamic design, enhanced by the "racetrack" language, characterized by lines that flow organically echoing the smooth shapes of the racetrack.
Among the technical highlights of the new V60 is the Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake, which will be available as an option.
The interior will feature a 40/20/40-split rear seat which, combined with the fold-flat front passenger seat and the 430-liter luggage compartment – helps in offering space and storage flexibility.
The advanced infotainment system has a 7-inches display, and the
Electronic Climate Control system can be equipped with an Interior Air Quality System (IAQS).
The model will be produced at the company’s plants in Torslanda, Sweden, in 50,000 units per year, 90 per cent of which will go to European markets. Deliveries will begin in fall 2010.
From the official Press Release:
The pronounced wedge shape and the slim coupe-like roof line of the new Volvo V60 are accompanied by the high shoulder profile along the car’s sides, creating a gentle yet powerful double wave from the headlamps at the front to the tail lamps at the rear.
"From the design viewpoint, the focus was on making the car as close to a coupÃ© as possible, while retaining that handy extra space at the rear.
"Our sports wagon does not aim to compete with the traditional estate car. For the customer who wants a lot of load space, there is our V70 or XC70," says Ã–rjan Sterner, head of exterior design for the new Volvo V60.
He adds: "The dip in the middle of the double wave visually pushes the car down. This enhances the stance and makes the car look sleeker and lower. The sculpted bonnet and the short overhangs front and rear also emphasise the sports car feel."
Dynamism is further enhanced by what Volvo’s design team calls the "racetrack" design. The car’s lines do not end abruptly but instead continue to flow organically, continually, echoing the smooth shapes of the racetrack.
The vertical position lights at the front, the side-marker lights, the turn indicators integrated into the door mirrors and the tail lamps at the rear all give the new V60 an unmistakable profile even in the dark.
A styling pack gives the V60 buyer the opportunity to boost the sporty attitude. The styling pack includes front and rear skid plates, a front decor trim, side scuff plates, special exhaust tailpipes and 18-inch wheels.
Pedestrian Detection with full auto brake can detect if a pedestrian steps out into the road in front of the car. If the driver does not respond in time, the car can automatically activate the brakes.
In order to prompt an immediate, intuitive reaction, this warning resembles a brake light. At the same time, the car’s brakes are pre-charged. If the driver does not react to the warning and an accident is imminent, full braking power is automatically applied.
Pedestrian Detection with full auto brake can avoid a collision with a pedestrian at speeds up to 21 mph if the driver does not react in time. At higher speeds, the focus is on reducing the car’s speed as much as possible prior to impact.
Speed can be reduced by up to 15 mph. Statistics reveal that the car’s speed has considerable importance for the outcome of the accident. A lower speed of impact means that the risk of serious injury is significantly reduced.
The new Volvo V60 also features City Safety as standard. With City Safety, the car automatically brakes if the driver fails to react in time when the vehicle in front slows down or stops – or if he or she is driving too fast towards a stationary object. The system can lessen or even entirely avoid low-speed rear-end impacts at speeds up to 18 mph.