Volvo V60 (With Plug-In Hybrid) Heralds Return Of Swedish Wagons To U.S.


2014-volvo-v60-wagon-3When Chinese automaker Geely bought up Volvo, they were quick to divest the Swedish automaker from any remaining ties with former owner Ford. This included offing popular models like the Volvo V60 station wagon, a staple of Volvo’s fleet for decades. But the Volvo wagon is back in a big, beautiful way, with both a sporty R-version and a super-efficient plug-in hybrid model on its way to U.S. shores.

On display at the New York Auto Show is the new Volvo V60 wagon and its variants, including the turbocharged, fun-to-drive R-version and the diesel-powered plug-in hybrid, which was nominated, but did not win, the 2013 World Green Car award (more on that later). That’s a real shame, because as awesome as the Tesla Model S is, a pure electric vehicle (and an expensive one at that) simply won’t work for most people.

But a plug-in hybrid wagon with an efficient diesel engine with an up-to 130 MPGe rating? Practical, sporty, fun, and efficient, that’s what that is, and we’re glad that after an almost 4-year hiatus, Volvo wagons are returning to America in a big way. Sporting a 2.5 liter, five-cylinder diesel and an 11.2 kWh battery pack, Volvo claims their wagon can go up to 30 miles on electricity alone before the diesel engine kicks in. Combined with the electric motor, total torque output is an incredible 440 ft-lbs. Not bad for a grocery getter!

However nothing is set in stone, especially in regards to the diesel-hybrid wagon. So keep your fingers crossed that Volvo’s new management delivers this awesome ride to American dealerships…and soon.

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  • Jason Carpp

    I hope it makes its way to the USA. It has been a long time since Volvo had diesel powered vehicle. It was such a limited run, that I’ve never seen one, nor have I driven one. Hopefully, we’ll have a chance again. Why should Europe be the only country be allowed diesel car? That doesn’t make sense.

  • “That’s a real shame, because as awesome as the Tesla Model S is, a pure electric vehicle (and an expensive one at that) simply won’t work for most people.”

    Yes, but how much is the Volvo plugin in the US? If it lands around $60k – same base price as the Model S – then it’s a little silly to prop the Volvo as being the everyman option..

    • Christopher DeMorro

      @ Michael Beatty

      I was more referring to the fact that the Volvo can fill up and drive longer distances in less time than the Tesla. That said, you’re correct, and I believe the plug-in Volvo wagon will be priced in the $50,000 to $60,000 range.

  • Chris, You made it sound as if there were going to be a V60 Diesel hybrid on display at the NY auto show and that it was a sure thing it would be available in the U. S. market soon. I’ve seen no news of that other than a V60 with the same power train as S60 will be available with an R design to follow. Is your info about the hybrid reliable?

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