A new model has been added to the Volvo range of cars which is the Volvo V60. Touted as being the five door wagon version of the S60, the car features sleek and a coupe-like design but is not trying to compete with the likes of the V70 and XC70.

Nevertheless it’s no shrinking violet when it comes to load carrying as the car can accommodate 430 litres with the rear seats in place. This along with the 1095 millimetre wide tailgate and fold flat passenger seats provides flexibility when loading and unloading.

Volvo will offer five petrol engines along with three diesel variants. The five petrol engines will be the T6 3.0-litre six cylinder 304hp engine, T5 2.0 four cylinder 240hp engine and the T4 and T3 1.6-litre engine that produces either 180hp or 150hp. Also in the list is a force-inducted 2.0 litre GTDi which is good for 203hp and 300Nm of torque.

Oil burners on offer are the turbo diesel D5 five cylinder 205hp engine producing 420Nm of torque and the D3 2.0 five cylinder 163hp engine that produces an equally impressive 400 Nm of torque. There will also be an economical 1.6 D DRIVe producing 115hp and 270Nm of torque. The engine will be matted to either a manual gearbox or Volvo’s six-speed automatic Geartronic transmission

The car is said to share handling dynamics with the S60 and offers a dynamic chassis as standard for the V60 in European markets while the rest of the world gets a softer, smoother touring chassis. This is backed up by driver assistance programmes such as Advanced Stability Control, Corner Traction Control, City Safety and Rollover Protection System (RPS).

Pricing for the V60 has yet to be released but expect it to come below the V70 pricetag. 50,000 V60’s will be built in their Torslanda plant in Sweden, while first deliveries are expected to be in the final quarter of 2010. Look for a picture gallery after the jump.

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