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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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  1. I'm not quite sure why, but based on this rendering, the wagon looks significantly better than the upcoming S60 sedan. The lines of the sedan are off somehow.
     
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  2. A V60 wagon is utterly pointless, redundant and quite unlikely when Volvo already have the V50, XC60 and V70.
     
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  3. I have to agree with Charles. The lines on the sedan just sort of stop at the end and the whole car looks like it's missing any sort of boot... This tidies the concept up, it looks much more natural, flowy than the sedan. And this car is absolutely needed. The V50 is surprisingly small and targeted at a cheaper market. This would be positioned against the 3 series touring, C class wagon, A4 Avant etc. XC60 is an SUV and V70 is much bigger...
     
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  4. Andrew -
    The V50 is close to the size of the 3-Series and C Class at the price of a 1 Series, and the V70 is the price of the 3 Series at the size of a 5 Series, A4/A6 and E Class. Developing and introducing a V60 to split the difference wouldn't make any sense - particularly for a company short on cash.
     
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  5. Interesting, but it makes sense since the new V70 is more related to the S80 this time (before it was an S60 wagon anyway). It would make more sense to call the current V70 the "V90" since the V50 is the wagon version of the S40...but I can see them wanting to retain the V70's name recognition. They choose this route instead of actually fixing their name problem...it's not hard.
     
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