- Horsepower @ RPM:
- 26 (Est.)
- 33 (Est.)
- Torque @ RPM:
- 2.0 L
- 0-60 time:
- 6.8 sec. (Est.)
- Top Speed:
- 135 mph
Volvo is killing two birds with one stone next year by bringing the V60 wagon across the Atlantic and selling it in U.S. dealers, and debuting the first of its new Drive-E powertrains. Though the details on the U.S.-bound model are still under some cover, we did receive a few tidbits of information that are worth passing on.
As expected, the 2015 V60 will carry the same, signature Volvo design language as it does over in the UK — no, the Volvo Concept Coupe ’s design language isn’t being trickled down just yet. The V60 will receive the same fender-mounted and slightly angled headlights, a hood with a pair of raised ridges, and a profile that is about as vanilla as it can get these days.
Under the hood is where the new V60 will earn its keep. First up is the all-new Drive-E, 2.0-liter engine that receives a bump from a turbocharger, pushing it to 240 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque through the front wheels— not bad for a four-banger. The next two engines are rather familiar to Volvo fans. Volvo’s T5 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine that is good for 250 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque makes an appearance in the V60. Also showing up in the new sportwagon is the T6 3.0-liter, turbocharged V-6 that puts down a cool 325 horsepower and 354 pound-feet. The old T5 and T6 engines both hook up to standard all-wheel drive.
One V60 variant that remains a mystery for now is the R-Design. Volvo confirmed that there will be a V60 R-Design and that it will be the "most powerful wagon in Volvo History," but it did not get into the specifics except that it will receive a performance-tuned version of the T6 engine. We are thinking that it’ll fall near the 360-horsepower mark.
As time goes on in the V60’s lifespan, the old T5 and T6 engines will be replaced by their respective Drive-E engines. The latter of the two was already revealed as putting down 302 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque from only a 2.0-liter engine, thanks to a turbocharger and supercharger feeding it plenty of air.
Volvo will release the V60 in January 2014.
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After clamoring from many fans, BMW decided to bring the wagon variant of the 3 Series back to the U.S. on a very limited basis in 2013. BMW’s nervousness in the wagon returning to the States is painfully obvious by the fact that there are only two variants available: the 328i xDrive and 328d xDrive. The 328i xDrive lux-wagon features a TwinPower Turbo 2.0-liter, four-pot with 240 ponies and 255 pound-feet of torque. This is enough to sprint the grocery getter to 60 mph in 6 seconds with a 130 mph top speed, while getting 22 mpg city and 33 mpg highway
In its 328d xDrive garb, the 3 Series wagon puts out 180 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. BMW has yet to release its performance specs, but we estimate a 0-to-60 mph sprint of about 7.2 seconds.
gallery: BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon
The Audi allroad returned to the U.S. in 2013, but this time around it came based on the A4 platform. Sure, it can also compete with crossover SUVs, but it can also do battle with sport wagons, like the V60 and 3 Series Sport Wagon. The allroad comes standard with a 2.0-liter engine that puts down 220 horsepower — up nine horsepower from 2013 — and 258 pound-feet of torque through a quattro AWD system. This allows it to sprint to 60 mph in just 6.4 seconds and up to 130 mph. Fuel economy checks in at 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway.
gallery: Audi allroad
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||Current|
|T6||6 cylinders||3.0 Liter||Turbocharged||325 HP||354 lb.-feet||AWD||Current|
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.