1 Mar 2011
Volvo Car Australia placed a $3000 premium on the five-door wagon version of its all- S60 sedan, the V60, when it was launched in March 2011.
The base V60 T5 came with the same Ford-sourced 177kW/320Nm 2.0-litre GDTi turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine and front-wheel drive configuration Matched exclusively with a six-speed dual-clutch PowerShift automated manual transmission. This model was also available in R-Design form, returning the same combined fuel consumption of 8.7 litres per 100kmThe mid-range V60 D5 AWD – powered by the same 151kW 2.4-litre inline five-cylinder turbo-diesel engine as the S60 D5 AWD – drove all four wheels via a conventional Geartronic torque converter automatic transmission and returned 7.1L/100km.
Rounding out the V60 range was the 224kW 3.0-litre turbocharged inline six-cylinder petrol-engined T6 AWD and its range-topping R-Design sibling, which came only in AWD Geartronic guise returning 10.3L/100km.
All V60 models had an 1800kg braked towing capacity (750kg unbraked) and measured 4628mm long, 1865mm wide, 1462mm high and ride on a 2776mm wheelbase.
Standard V60 safety equipment included the pedestrian-friendly City Safety system, electronic stability control, ABS brakes, Roll Over Protection System (ROPS), latest-generation Side Impact Protection System (SIPS) and twin front, front-side and full-length side curtain airbags.
Also standard across the range was climate-control, cruise control, leather trim, a ‘High Performance’ sound system, power windows, retractable exterior mirrors, Bluetooth connectivity, reversing sensors and 17-inch alloy wheels, while the T6 added 18-inch alloys.
R-Design models added a more aggressive front bumper with gloss black grille, colour-matched body components, larger intakes for the rear diffuser, twin exhaust outlets, five-spoke 18-inch ‘Ixion’ diamond-cut alloy wheels, sports seats with larger squab bolsters trimmed in R-Design leather, a leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel, sports leather gearshifter, sports pedals and R-Design floor mats, trim inlays and watch-dial instruments.
The V60 R-Design chassis was also lowered by 15mm via 15 per cent stiffer springs accompanied by firmer anti-roll bars and a front strut tower brace under the bonnet.
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