Photos and details with the 2011 Volvo V60 Sports Wagon have just been revealed, and the Swedish automaker says their new creation is more of a coupe rather than an estate.
The 2011 Volvo V60 Sports Wagon features a wedge shape with a slim roof line and motorisation’s include a more powerful T6 engine, a new direct injected 2.0-litre and two new 1.6-litre GTDi units, two five-cylinder turbodiesels as well as a DRIVe diesel.
The most powerful 2011 Volvo V60 will be the 3.0-litre T6 version that packs 304 bhp and 440 Nm of torque while the most fuell efficient will be the 1.6 D DRIVe that packs 115 bhp and 270 Nm of torque.
As far as safety the 2011 Volvo V60 is the first sports wagon with Advanced Stability Control and also features the new Corner Traction Control system,  Pedestrian Detection and City Safety as standard plus and entirely new Infotainment system.
The  2011 Volvo V60 price was not announced yet.
Volvo press release :
The Volvo V60 makes its entry onto
the car market with its sights firmly set on giving the all-new S60
sedan model a tough match over the title of "The Most Dynamic Volvo
Model Ever".
"Many of the
customers who had an advance look at the new V60 during the development
process feel that its attitude is at least as sporty as that of the
all-new S60," says Volvo Cars Design Director Peter Horbury.
No less than 90 percent of the annual
V60 production of 50,000 cars will find European buyers.
"The typical sports wagon customer is an
S60 buyer who would like some extra space and flexibility, but without
the slightest compromise on sporty design and exciting driving
properties," says Volvo Cars President and CEO Stephen Odell, and adds:
"The competition is razor-sharp and the customers in this
segment know exactly what they want. That is why we have further boosted
the interior’s sense of exclusive quality and packed the car with
safety- and comfort-related technical innovations. The result is a truly
unique sports wagon, in total harmony with its sporty attitude."
Coupe
rather than estate car

The pronounced wedge
shape and the slim coupe-like roof line of the new V60 are accompanied
by the 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 coupe 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 Örjan 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."
Uncompromising chassis
approach

Volvo Cars’ chassis experts have
chiselled out the driving experience in the new Volvo V60 with the same
passion and uncompromising approach that characterised the development
of the all-new S60 sedan.
The result is an authentic
sports wagon with driving properties that do the sporty lines full
justice.
"We’ve pushed the envelope to limits we’ve
never previously approached. You simply have to drive this car to
appreciate how we’ve driven chassis development to its pinnacle. Take
the car out on a narrow, winding country road where every bend brings a
new challenge and the new V60 will demonstrate its agility with
sparkling enthusiasm," says Stefan Sällqvist, who headed the development
of the chassis in the new V60.
Volvo’s new sports
wagon is available with a choice of two chassis. On the European market
the newly developed dynamic chassis is standard, while some other
markets will have the touring chassis as standard with the dynamic
variant available as an option.
The difference between
the two chassis alternatives is to be found in the dampers and the
front and rear subframes. Here the touring variant has a somewhat softer
setting to give a smooth ride on poorer road surfaces.
Every
single detail refined

"The spotlight was on
giving the concept of comfort a whole new dimension. The dynamic chassis
has an alert, quick-responding character that puts the focus on the
driving experience, yet without diluting ride comfort," explains Stefan
Sällqvist.
In addition to the two standard chassis,
all variants of the V60 can be specified with the optional FOUR-C
(Continuously Controlled Chassis Concept) active chassis, which has been
modified and refined for better control and comfort compared with
previous Volvos.
The software in the AWD (All Wheel
Drive) system has been modified to allow the four-wheel drive variants
(AWD is standard in the T6 and optional with D5 with automatic gearbox)
of the new V60 to exploit the sporty new chassis to the limit.
During the development process, the chassis team worked on
the new Volvo V60 in parallel with the all-new Volvo S60. The result is a
solution that features changes and refinements to virtually every
single detail that influences a car’s driving properties. This includes
improved steering, stiffer springs and bushes as well as more damping
than in any previous Volvo.
The first sports wagon with Advanced Stability
Control

The dynamic new chassis is backed up
by a range of electronic systems that sharpen the sporty driving
experience still further.
Like the all-new S60, the
new V60 is fitted with Advanced Stability Control. With a new roll angle
sensor, it is possible to identify any skidding tendency at a very
early stage. This means that the anti-skid system can step in earlier
and with greater precision. Advanced Stability Control is a great asset
in dynamic driving involving considerable lateral forces, which improves
handling and rapid avoiding manoeuvres.
New Corner Traction Control
for smoother cornering

Corner Traction
Control is a new feature that uses torque vectoring so the car corners
even more smoothly. This technology is a further refinement of the
Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC) system.
When
cornering, the car’s inner driven wheel is braked, causing more power
to be transmitted to the outer driven wheel. This allows the driver to
corner more tightly while reducing any tendency to understeer.
A highly advanced braking system is an important part of the
dynamic driving properties of the new V60. Volvo’s new sports wagon is
equipped with a number of features that interact to provide the shortest
possible stopping distance in all scenarios.
Exclusive quality – with extra
functionality

The interior of the V60 sports
wagon is a clear example of how Volvo Cars’ designers have added
excitement, contrast and a playful element to the Scandinavian design
tradition’s rational simplicity and functionality.
"The
interior has a decidedly extrovert attitude, but without losing any of
its practical Scandinavian roots. The new V60 brings us up to a whole
new level when it comes to the integral experience of colour, form,
material and technology," says Volvo Cars’ Design Director Peter
Horbury.
The interior is thus lavish in terms of its
driver-oriented details, but it is still a five-seater car offering
comfortable space for all its occupants. Scandinavian design’s
rationality, simplicity, clarity and functionality are all prominent in
the new V60:

  • The
    40/20/40-split rear seat and the fold-flat front passenger seat make it
    possible to combine passengers and load in a remarkably flexible way.
    Each backrest in the three-piece rear seat is folded with exceptional
    ease to create an entirely flat load floor. The rear seat headrests can
    be folded electrically.
  • The load area has been
    designed for maximum utilisation of each available millimetre. The 1095
    millimetre wide tailgate in combination with extra space behind the
    wheel housings and under the load floor is an example of the systematic
    approach adopted to ensure generous load capacity. The load area has a
    capacity of 430 litres.
  • The rear seat can be
    specified with integrated child booster cushions in the two outer seats.
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The most high-tech Volvo ever – with Pedestrian
Detection

The sporty interior of the new V60
is also the most advanced high-tech environment ever available to a
Volvo driver.
"The interior of the new V60 is all
about innovative design in two areas: form and technology. The design is
characterised by sporty freshness down to the smallest detail. The
technological aspect includes all those smart solutions that contribute
to a driving experience unlike that of any other Volvo – from collision
avoidance safety and comfort systems to infotainment and audio
excellence of absolute world class," says Tomas Ahlborg, Project
Director for the new V60.
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.
"Volvo has always
led the way when it comes to protecting the occupants in our cars. In
recent years we have adopted groundbreaking initiatives that help the
driver avoid collisions with other vehicles. Now we are taking a giant
stride forward with technology that can contribute to increased safety
for unprotected road users as well," says Thomas Broberg, Senior Safety
Advisor at Volvo Cars.
Can avoid collisions at speeds below 35 km/h
In an emergency situation the driver first receives an
audible warning combined with a flashing light in the windscreen’s
head-up display. 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 35 km/h 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
25 km/h.
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.
City Safety standard
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 30
km/h.
More powerful T6 version
During its first year of production, the new Volvo V60 will
be available with a variety of diesel and petrol engines spanning the
range from an economical 115 horsepower DRIVe version to an eager
high-performance turbocharged version producing 304 horsepower. The
focused drive to cut CO2 emissions has lowered fuel consumption
throughout the engine range.
The T6 petrol engine has a
displacement of 3.0 litres and has been improved still further,
primarily thanks to lower internal friction. It now pumps out 304 bhp
and no less than 440 Nm of torque. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h takes
6.6 seconds and top speed is limited to 250 km/h.
At
the same time, Volvo Cars’ engine specialists have succeeded in cutting
fuel consumption by about 10 percent to 10.2 l/100 km (EU Combined).
The engine’s power is delivered to the wheels via Volvo’s
second-generation six-speed automatic Geartronic transmission. New
valves and lower friction mean faster gearchanges than before. AWD (All
Wheel Drive) is standard on the T6.
New direct-injected two-litre
engine

The new four-cylinder 2.0T GTDi
(Gasoline Turbocharged Direct Injection) engine has a displacement of
two litres and produces a generous 203 bhp, with 300 Nm of torque
available from 1750 rpm. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h takes 7.9 seconds
with a manual gearbox and 8.4 seconds with automatic transmission. Top
speed is limited to 230 km/h with the manual gearbox and 230 km/h with
the automatic.
New in-house-developed turbocharged
technology, direct injection and twin variable camshafts produce a
unique combination of low fuel consumption, low emissions and a high and
broad performance range, all packaged in a very compact format.
Later during the first year of production, the new V60 will
also become available in a 2.0 GTDi variant producing 240 bhp and 320 Nm
of torque.
Two new 1.6-litre GTDi engines
In addition there is a new 1.6-litre GTDi engine which is
available in two versions: 1.6 GTDi (T3) with 150 horsepower and T4 with
180 horsepower.
The 180 bhp
engine offers maximum torque of 240 Nm from just 1500 rpm all the way up
to 5000 rpm. During short-term overboost, it provides an impressive 270
Nm of torque. This gives excellent lugging ability throughout the speed
range. The torque curve is relatively gentle, resulting in a
particularly comfortable driving experience.
The 150
horsepower engine offers 240 Nm of torque.
The 2.0T, T5 and T4 are available in combination with
Volvo’s automatic six-speed Powershift transmission or a six-speed
manual gearbox, while the T3 comes with a manual gearbox. 
Two
five-cylinder turbodiesels

The engine range
also includes two five-cylinder turbodiesels.
The D5
high-performance engine with twin turbos produces 205 horsepower and 420
Nm of torque. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h takes 7.9 seconds (manual
and automatic). Top speed is 230 km/h (limited) with the manual gearbox
and 230 km/h with the automatic.
In the most recent D5
version, which was introduced in spring 2009, performance and
driveability requirements have been met by fitting two turbochargers of
different sizes, one taking over from the other and providing added
power across a broader rev range.
The complementary
properties of the two turbos are utilised optimally for a combination of
high performance and low fuel consumption of 5.4 l/100 km (EU Combined)
putting this engine in the running for best in class.
In
addition there is the newly developed two-litre D3 producing 163 bhp
and 400 Nm of torque. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h takes 9.4 seconds
(manual and automatic). Top speed is 220 km/h (manual) and 215 km/h
(automatic).
The new five-cylinder 2.0D is in
principle the same engine as the present 2.4D, but cylinder capacity has
been reduced with a shorter stroke to optimise fuel consumption.
Both turbodiesels are available with a six-speed automatic
transmission or six-speed manual gearbox.
The D5 with
automatic can also be specified with all-wheel drive.
DRIVe diesel
During the course of the first year of production, a DRIVe
version of the new V60 will also be introduced, featuring a 1.6-litre
diesel engine. The engine produces 115 bhp and 270 Nm of torque, and
will only be available with a six-speed manual gearbox.
Engine
range

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Petrol engines Displacement Configuration Output Torque
T6 3.0 6-cyl in-line 304 bhp 440 Nm
2.0T 2.0 4-cyl in-line 203 bhp 300
Nm
T5 2.0 4-cyl in-line 240 bhp 320 Nm
T4 1.6 4 cyl in-line 180 bhp 240
Nm
T3 1.6 4-cyl in-line 150 bhp 240 Nm
         
Diesel engines Displacement Configuration Output Torque
D5 2.4 5-cyl in-line 205 bhp 420 Nm
D3 2.0 5-cyl in-line 163 bhp 400
Nm
1.6 D DRIVe 1.6 4-cyl
in-line
115 bhp 270 Nm

Entirely
new Infotainment system

The new V60 also
gets an all-new Infotainment system where information is presented on a
five-inch or seven-inch colour screen in the instrument panel. The
screen has a high position to make it easy for the driver to keep his or
her eyes on the road.
The audio experience in the
new V60 has been further enhanced compared with previous models.
"Our most advanced system, Premium Sound, has a class-D
digital 5x130W amplifier with circuits from Sweden’s Anaview, Dolby
Digital in combination with Dolby Pro Logic II Surround, the
award-winning MultEQ from Audyssey Laboratories and 12 loudspeakers. All
this creates an audio experience of absolute world class," says Tomas
Ahlborg.
The Volvo V60 is one of the first car models
in the world to use the Audyssey Laboratories MultEQ technology. MultEQ
eliminates the distortion caused by the car cabin’s acoustics,
providing crisp, clear sound with improved soundstage for everyone in
the car.
In addition to the top-of-the line Premium
Sound, which comes with a 7-inch screen, there are another three audio
systems.
European target group
The
initial annual target for the new Volvo V60 is 50,000 cars. Of these,
no less than 90 percent will go to European buyers. The five largest
markets are Sweden, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Italy and
Germany.
The new V60 is built at the Volvo Cars
production plant in Torslanda, Sweden. The first cars will be delivered
to customers in autumn 2010.
"The figure ‘60′ in our
model range nowadays indicates our sportiest models. The XC60 was the
first step. We took the next step with the all-new S60 sedan – and now
we’re launching the V60 sports wagon," says Stephen Odell.

Source: Volvo