BY GERRY MILES
For many a year, us dutiful auto scribes have begged automakers to bring over their European offerings that produce more sport-like rides, handling and spirited, kick of the pants driving.
Now, it’s really going to happen. Volvo announced its V60 sports wagon hit arrive stateside in 2014.
Doug Speck, Volvo Cars’ senior vice president marketing, sales and customer service, made the announcement at the New York International Auto Show. Price, of course, is yet to be determined, released and is the source of much speculating.
The V60 R-Design marked the global debut of the R-Design wagon, showing off its curvy, sculpted swoopy styling. If you ever used an old Volvo fender in place of a handy T-Square, those days are over.
“The V60 builds upon our wagon heritage, and it’s a beautiful evolution in design and direction for Volvo,” said Volvo Cars of North America President and CEO John Maloney. “Many consumers will be glad to see the addition of this exciting sports wagon to the Volvo lineup in America. And this time, we’ve added sophistication with the dynamic driving performance of a sedan.”
The new Volvo V60 is for people who want the handling of a dynamic sports sedan but need the versatility of a wagon. Now, forging a new path with the V60, the Scandinavian automaker reaches a new level of design and sophistication, blending styling cues from its best-selling sedan with a sleek, curvy silhouette.
At the heart of the extra versatility of the V60 is its intelligent seating. Rear seats can be folded down in three 40/20/40 segments, allowing its interior space to be configured for passengers and loaded in a remarkably flexible way.
With the removal of Saab and its CombiSportWagon and plenty of solid 9-5 Wagons still running around, this could be interesting. Stay tuned.