Rendered: 2012 Volvo V60 Wagon

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The 2011 Volvo S60 sedan made its debut earlier this month at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show and is now slated to enter production at the automaker’s factory in Ghent, Belgium by summer, before going on sale in the second half of the year. This second generation of Volvo’s popular mid-size sedan will also spawn a wagon variant once again, going by the name of V60 instead of the former V70.

Based on the same platform as the S60, the new V60 wagon is expected to debut next year as a 2012 model and follow in the footsteps of previous Volvo wagons like the V40, V50 and V70 lines. It would also serve as a more stylish rival to other premium wagons like the BMW 3-Series Touring, Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate, Audi A4 Avant and the upcoming Acura TSX Sport Wagon.

Spy shots of a heavily camouflaged prototype
for the new wagon surfaced last month but this latest computer generated rendering gives a clear indication as to how the new model will most likely be styled.

Expect to see the same powertrain lineup as found in the sedan, which means North American models will likely receive the 304 horsepower turbocharged T6 and 203 horsepower 2.0-liter gasoline units only. Six-speed manual and automatic transmissions will be offered, as well as a newer PowerShift six-speed dual clutch transmission.

All of Volvo’s latest safety know-how will also be going into the new V60, so expect to see the automaker’s cornering traction control, pedestrian detection warning and automatic braking systems all fitted as standard.

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