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2015 Volvo V60 Preview

4/9/2013
Fast Facts:
  • Sport wagon version of S60 sedan
  • Styling and interior updates mirror those on the S60
  • New Sensus Connected Touch infotainment system
  • New Cyclist Detection with Full Auto Brake technology
  • Available performance-tuned R-Design model

Introduction
For the 2014 model year, Volvo's lineup is reduced. The C30 3-door hatchback and the C70 convertible disappear, while the XC90 crossover SUV may be put on hiatus in advance of a redesign. That plan leaves Volvo dealers in the United States with the S60, S80, XC60, and XC70. At the 2013 New York International Auto Show, Volvo announced that it would offer the updated 2015 Volvo V60 to its American customers.

Exterior Features
The 2015 Volvo V60 is a sport wagon version of the 2014 Volvo S60 sedan. As such, it benefits from the same exterior design upgrades expected for the S60, including a new look for the front end and new wheel designs. The new Volvo V60 model's rear liftgate opens to reveal more cargo space than is offered by the S60, though Volvo hasn't provided exact specifications as this article is written.

Interior Features
The 2015 V60 that Volvo introduced in New York was the top-of-the-line R-Design model, which is equipped with new sport-bolstered front seats, heated steering wheel, black headliner, and stainless steel doorsill plates. Volvo says the new V60 also offers new leather, wood, and metallic interior trim selections designed to make the interior feel like "a warm Swedish house on a cold night." A standard 40/20/40 split-folding rear seat offers maximum cargo-carrying versatility.

Optional Features
The 2015 Volvo V60 is offered with a heated windshield and steering wheel, as well as an Adaptive Digital Display that provides three different themes for the instrumentation: Elegance, Eco, and Performance. Additionally, the new V60 is available with new Sensus Connected Touch technology, detailed below.

Under the Hood
Volvo did not formally announce the 2015 V60 model's powertrain lineup, but it is expected to mirror that of the S60 sedan. That means a V60 T5 model would be equipped with a turbocharged, 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine generating 250 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 266 lb.-ft. of torque peaking between 1,800 rpm and 4,800 rpm. Power would flow to the front wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission.

A V60 T6 model would be equipped with a more powerful turbocharged, 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine with 300 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 325 lb.-ft. of torque available between 2,100 rpm and 4,200 rpm, in addition to a 6-speed automatic transmission and a standard all-wheel-drive system.

The 2015 Volvo V60 R-Design model that debuted in New York had the T6 powertrain, tuned to deliver 325 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 354 lb.-ft. of torque between 3,000 rpm and 3,600 rpm. The 6-speed automatic transmission included paddle shifters and a new Advanced Quick Shift technology that improves acceleration, according to Volvo. All-wheel drive is included for the V60 R-Design model.

Safety
Volvo will equip every 2015 V60 with a standard City Safety system, which operates at low speed to help the driver avoid collisions. Optional safety technologies include Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake, which brings the V60 to a complete stop if a pedestrian steps into the car's path at speeds under 31 mph, as well as a blind-spot information system that is radar-based for the 2014 model year. A cross-traffic alert system is also new for 2014, warning the driver when traffic approaches from the side, while the V60 reverses from a parking space or driveway.

For 2014, Volvo has also announced its new Cyclist Detection with Full Auto Brake technology, which is designed to identify when a person on a bicycle suddenly veers into the car's path and to bring the Volvo to a stop to avoid a collision. It operates in similar fashion to the V60's available pedestrian-detection system.

Technology
In addition to a new Road Sign Information system that displays road sign data on the V60 instrument display, Volvo is debuting its new Sensus Connected Touch technology for the 2014 model year.

Equipped with a 7-inch display, Sensus Connected Touch uses an infrared, beam-scanned touch screen that allows the V60's owner to operate the system while wearing gloves. Additionally, Sensus Connected Touch offers a mobile Wi-Fi connection to the Internet via a paired smartphone or integrated 3G/4G networking, which provides access to web surfing, Internet radio, mobile applications, social media, and more. Note, however, that Volvo does not allow Internet browser access when the car is moving.

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