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Uncovered: 2011 Volvo V60 wagon!

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Uncovered: 2011 Volvo V60 wagon!

03/29/2010, 1:01 PMBY ANDREW GANZ

Our spies have just nabbed photos of a pair of completely undisguised examples of Volvo’s upcoming sub-V70 station wagon, the V60. Having recently taken the wraps off of its bread-and-butter S60 sedan, Volvo will soon turn its product focus to its midsize wagon.

Spotted fully uncovered and looking showroom-ready, this pair of V60 wagons shows off a shapely, C30-esque integration of the wagon bodystyle into the S60 that was unveiled a few weeks ago in Geneva.

If nothing else, the V60 is yet another all-new product that Chinese automaker Geely will inherit when it takes full ownership of Volvo later this year.

The V70 won’t make it to North America next year – instead, a front-wheel-drive XC70 will take its place. To help cover the gap left by the fairly slow-selling V70, the all-new V60 will likely mirror its sedan counterpart’s specification lineup. Set to do battle with the likes of BMW’s 3-Series wagon, Saab’s 9-3 SportCombi and Audi’s A4 Avant, the V60 will offer a lineup of turbocharged five-cylinders in North America.

Details are slim on the the new V60, but it can be safely assumed that turbocharging will play a significant role.

Reportedly, plug-in hybrid vehicles are also being testing.

Watch for the V60’s debut later this spring.

link:

http://www.leftlanenews.com/volvo-v60-2011.html

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I like the new S60 so it might not be a surprise, but that is pretty much a wagon-lovers wet dream

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It is sporty looking, but is that what Volvo wagon loyalists want? It certainly looks less functional than the outgoing model, let alone a Subaru Outback 3.6R... or an old 240DL. The folks designing the new wagons, be they Volvo or Cadillac... does their research indicate that ppl want wagons that are hard to see out of, and so swoopy they have little cargo space?

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I still wish there was a way for Ford to hang on to Volvo. I love the XC60, the upcoming S60, and this V60 wagon variant. Given a little marketing push, I think all 3 of them could have made quite an impact in the premium car segment. I guess they still can if people don't know or realize that the brand will soon be under Chinese ownership. That alone is a huge turnoff for me, no matter how much Geely claims that they will maintain a hands off approach to the brand.

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