First Look: 2011 Volvo V60

Unsurprisingly, the mechanical bits beneath the wagon's skin are virtually identical to the S60. If the V60 drives half as well as the new S60, Volvo could have a veritable sports wagon on its hands. Three different suspension tunings -- Touring, Dynamic, and Four-C -- are available on the wagon. By altering both damper tuning and the rear subframe design, the V60 has the ability to deliver either a smooth ride (Touring) or one better tuned toward performance (Dynamic). Can't decide between the two? Spring for the Four-C package. Although it's largely based off the Dynamic car, adjustable damper tuning allows drivers to dial the V60 in for comfort, sport, or an extra-sporty Advanced setting.

Overseas, the V60 will be available with a range of engines, each available with a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic. The 325-horsepower, 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six-cylinder offered in the U.S.-spec S60 is the premium engine offering for the V60 T6, but we're more interested in a new "volume" engine offering: a new turbocharged, direct-injected 2.0-liter I-4 delivers nearly 240 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. Europeans can also opt for a turbocharged 1.6-liter I-4, two two different turbo-diesel I-5s, and a turbocharged diesel four-cylinder. Front-wheel-drive is standard save for the T6, which adds all-wheel-drive -- typically an option -- as standard equipment.

The 2011 V60 should launch later this year, but don't look for it in U.S. showrooms anytime soon. Volvo plans on building 50,000 examples annually, and expects 90 percent of that total to remain in Europe. V60s will be exported globally, but Volvo's North American product planners tell us it isn't destined for the U.S. at this point.

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It always makes me laugh when a car company states the USA will have to wait for a new model they are introducing, like Volvo's V60 wagon.I've owned two different Volvo wagons, A V70 and an XC70. Each was leased from a different dealer. Not once was I ever contacted from either Volvo dealer as my lease was coming to end.No saleman,no sales manager not even the parent company itself! They should start payung more attention to trying to keep repeat customers thsn showing new vehicles that they will not make available.

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