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The new Volvo V60 has been revealed and it’s a beautiful wagon. But as much as car enthusiasts love estates, it’s a niche in Europe and inconsequential elsewhere. The real challenge for the Geely-owned Swedish brand is the sedan market, where it will once again attempt to lure punters away from the German stalwarts – BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4.

We are of course talking about the upcoming next-generation Volvo S60, the sedan sister to the V60. Not much has been said about the new S60 officially, but Volvo did announce that it will be produced at its Charleston, South Carolina plant from 2018, which means that the production new S60 is set to surface this year.

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Here’s how we think the new S60 might look like, rendered by Theophilus Chin. No surprises where the influences are from – the just-unveiled V60 and the S90 sedan. The reason is simple – the V60 is smaller scale copy of the V90, with shapelier flanks, and it’s expected that Volvo will also use the Russian doll method for the S60.

So what we have here is essentially a smaller S90 with the V60’s more aggressive front end (lower nose, sharper headlamps with a protruding Thor hammer DRL, deeply sculptured lower bumper) and slightly curvier profile. The rear end you see here is the S90’s. If Volvo decides to use the S90’s behind on the S60, it’ll be polarising – a quick office poll didn’t see many raised hands agreeing with the “incomplete” looking rear of the S90. How about you?

Volvo S90 T6 AWD R-Design

It won’t be the first time Volvo is attempting to shake up the German establishment, and also not the first time Volvo has had beautiful designs (I had a crush on the original S60 T5 in black, on factory multi-spokes), but will it finally succeed this time around?

Just a thought. Volvo fans are some of the fiercest we encountered. If just a fraction of the gushing fans actually went out to buy a new Volvo, sales would be right up there with the big three, no? What’s undeniable is that these new Volvos are safe and sexy.

GALLERY: 2018 Volvo V60