Volvo made their name by producing big and boxy wagons particularly in Europe. When they finally realised that style was quite an important part of how an auto is received, they upped their game and actually started adding curves and round edged bits; the style evolved in to something that wasn’t half bad.
Sure, they’re still all about safety – Volvo said in 2015 that by the year 2020, they want zero deaths to occupants of their cars, no matter what the accident, heck, they’re even trying to save pedestrians from harm as well – developing exterior airbags to minimize the hazard for anyone getting run-down by a Volvo.
But there’s a difference – whereas they once gave all thought to safety and none to styling, they now try and combine both, and you’d have to say, the newer Volvo’s do actually look … pretty wouldn’t be the word, maybe ‘better’ is the correct choice.
The 2018 Volvo V60 is on its way. We don’t expect to see it anytime soon, certainly not before September or October of this year, but it will be launched at one of the larger auto shows around July – giving the dealers enough time to clear their current inventory and make-way for the new model.
We don’t yet know how much the official pricing is for the new model, but we’d hazard a guess that it will be between $36,000 for the entry model and as much as $60,000 for the fully-loaded flagship. It’s a competitive market and Volvo won’t price themselves out of it. We also aren’t yet sure whether the rumored hybrid will fit within that pricing – there seems to be no logic behind hybrid prices so we may yet see a further increase, or Volvo could surprise us all and bring it in at sensible money.
Could We Expect The Special Editions Of The 2018 Volvo V60?
There should be a couple of variants of the new V60 – we’ll get the standard V60 station wagon, but rumor says that we will also have a V60 Cross Country and a V60 Polestar.
For those of you that don’t know, the ‘Polestar’ name is Volvo’s version of the Mercedes-Benz AMG or BMW’s M division. This should mean a pretty hot station wagon – did anyone ever see the Volvo station wagon racecars back in the 90’s? They looked like good fun to race – but in all honesty, they were never that successful.
Could the Polestar version be the rumored hybrid? We’ve heard talk of a 400+ BHP hybrid entering the production line, and surely, that would be a great building block for a Polestar version? The only disadvantage is the extra weight associated with the hybrid tech, but 400 BHP sounds like a great starting figure.
As for the other motors, we are expecting to see a 2.5 liter and 3.0 liter gas motor with forced induction, and they will make 250 BHP and 350 BHP respectively – either sounds decent enough for a station wagon, but it seems that Volvo are intent on showing the opposition a clean pair of rear tires.
There is a whisper that Volvo are claiming up to 39 MPG for the new V60. We can’t see a 2.5 liter turbo charged auto making that sort of mileage, unless it’s made from paper – the physics just don’t add up. This may mean that Volvo are thinking of introducing an all-new engine in to the line-up – even a hybrid would struggle with that figure.
Yes, we understand that Volvo will be using the latest technology in materials to keep the weight to a bare-minimum, but when you start adding in all the safety features that it just has to have (remember the pledge for no occupancy deaths by 2020?), then it isn’t going to be a super lightweight racer is it?
Less Weight, More Go
This V60 will be built on the SPA (Scalable Product Architecture) platform, which should mean a slight reduction in weight, increased rigidity and better ride & handling. Of course, another by-product of reduced weight is increased fuel economy.
The whole ethos behind the V60 is to offer sedan like ride and handling with the increased comfort and space of a wagon, knowing Volvo, they’ll achieve that.
Expect to see plenty of equipment fitted in to the V60, we know that Volvo want to reduce occupancy death to zero by 2020, but achieving that will take a few step changes in technology, so with each new model released, you’ll see an increase in more and technically better safety equipment fitted as standard.
Of course, there will be the usual array of toys; USB, 4G Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3D navigation and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto all standard.
There will also be plenty of equipment like automatic pre-collision braking, pedestrian detection, lane guidance with steering assist, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alerts. We suspect that much of the safety equipment will be fitted as standard, even on the base model, but where the model trims will differ will be better trim levels and increased comfort technology.
What do you think to the new 2018 Volvo V60? Is it as stylish as it could be? Or could Volvo have done more? Let us know in the comments.