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2010-07-06 12:05
Volvo goes for safe and sexy with its all-new V60 sports wagon.

Volvo has released early details of the, which follows closely on the launch of its sister model, the S60 sedan.

Called a “sports wagon” by Volvo, the V60’s bold styling is meant to channel that of a coupe rather than a regular estate.

“For the customer who wants a lot of load space, there is our V50, V70 [not available in SA], or XC70," said Örjan Sterner, head of exterior design for the new Volvo V60.”

The V60 is further distinguished by its range of exterior colours, including two new shades – Vibrant Copper and Electrum Gold.

Safety first

However, just because the V60 is meant to be a cross between a sports car and a load lugger does not mean that it does not come with the requisite suite of safety gadgets. Like the S60 sedan, it is packed with gimmicks, including pedestrian detection and corner traction control, to make both the V60’s occupants and other road users feel safer.

The wagon promises to be a dynamic marvel, too. The V60’s chassis was developed alongside that of the S60 sedan’s – something the carmaker says will give the wagon “driving properties that do the sporty lines full justice.”

The new sports wagon is available with a choice of two chassis – dynamic or touring, depending on the market – with different damper settings and front and rear subframes to give the touring version a softer and smoother ride on poor road surfaces.

A revised version of Volvo’s optional Four-C active chassis is offered, too.

The new V60 sports wagon is scheduled to arrive in South Africa early in 2011 in 2.0T, D5 and T6 derivatives. The 2.0T will be available with either manual or powershift transmissions, while the D5 and T6 will be fitted with a Geartronic gearbox.

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