We all know wagons aren't exactly flying off dealer lots in the United States, but it's still an important segment for Volvo, even more so in its native European markets. Weeks after killing the slow-selling V70 in the U.S., we've been given our first glimpse of the all-new 2011 Volvo V60 station wagon, which will debut at the 2010 Paris motor show in September.
Yes, we did say V60 -- Volvo has shifted the name of its new midsize wagon to help tie it to its four-door sibling, the new 2011 Volvo S60. From the C-pillars forward, the two vehicles look virtually identical. The V60 shares the S60's shapely snout and flared fenders, although its hindquarters are unique. Designers were reportedly aiming to craft a coupe-like profile for the new wagon, but instead of raking the roofline and compromising interior space, the automaker drastically lowered the upper edge of the rear windows.
It's hard to reinvent the hatch, but Volvo's design team worked hard to spiff up the V60's posterior. A strong character line, which originates from the front fenders, runs the length of the car and folds into the tall tail lamps. Per Volvo tradition, the rear lights run from the fender to the top of the roof, but thanks to the V60's dramatic shoulders, their shape is a little more outlandish. Buyers looking for extra pizzazz may opt for an available styling pack, which adds custom scuff plates, large exhaust tips, and 18-inch wheels.