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Volvo V60 introduced
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 11:08 PM

Volvo V60 introduced

PETALING JAYA: Volvo gave Malaysians the S60 last year; this year it gave them the all-new V60.

Like the smaller V50, the latest locally assembled model from Volvo is classified as a sportswagon

"The typical V60 customer is an S60 buyer who would like some extra space and flexibility, but without the slightest compromise on great looks and exciting driving properties," said Volvo Car’s vice president of sales & marketing for Asia Peter Johnson.

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Apart from a coupe-like exterior, the car is packed with safety and comfort-related innovations, he said, adding that Volvo was confident the wagon model would sell well in Malaysia as it is the only brand offering such performance models in this segment with an attractive styling.

The pronounced wedge shape and the slim coupe-like roof line of the V60 are accompanied by the shoulder profile along the car's sides, creating a gentle yet powerful double wave from the headlamps at the front to the tail lamps at the rear.

This dip in the middle of the double wave visually pushes the car down, enhancing the stance and makes the car look sleeker and lower. The sculpted bonnet and the short overhangs front and rear also emphasise the sports car feel.

"From the design viewpoint the focus was on making the car as close to a coupe as possible, while retaining that handy extra space at the rear. Our sportswagon does not aim to compete with the traditional estate car. For the customer who wants a lot of load space, there is always our XC60 or XC90," said Johnson.

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Bolster cushion for a child.
The instruments and centre stack of the V60, unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in 2010, are angled towards the driver to enhance the sensation of focus and control.

The new three-spoke steering wheel and the new sports seats with extra side supports are standard.

Like the V50 and the XC60, the V60 also has integrated booster cushions in the rear seats. Two such cushions position children at the correct height for the safety belt.  They adjust to two heights to accommodate children of different sizes.

Volvo has apparently tuned the suspension and chassis for sporty driving, resulting in a car that will "demonstrate its agility with sparkling enthusiasm" on a narrow, winding country road.
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The T5 V60 has a 2.0-litre engine that takes the car from 0-100kph in 7.7s The T5 variant also gets much nicer looking seats.
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Essential to that performance and handling are the T4 and T5 engines.

Both the T4 and T5 features a Gasoline Turbocharged Direct Injection (GTDi) engine which represents Volvo’s very latest direct injection technology.

The GTDi was developed to offer frugal fuel consumption while still offering performance in a sleek package.

The T5 is a 2.0-litre petrol engine which pumps out 240hp and 320Nm of torque, available from 1,800 to 5,000rpm, taking the car from 0-100kph in 7.7 seconds, and pushes on to a top speed of 230kph.

The new T4 is a 1.6-litre, 180hp petrol engine, delivering 240Nm from 1,600 to 5,000rpm. It has an on-demand overboost function that further increases torque to 270Nm. It takes 9.2s to go from 0-100kph.

And with its fuel efficient dual-clutch Powershift transmission, Volvo said the result is excellent pulling power across the speed range, providing comfortable driving experience yet using only 7.5 litres per 100km for a combined driving cycle in cities and highways.

For a brand that is synonymous with safety, the V60 is fitted with a slew of features to prevent or minimise accidents.

Among others, this includes ground-breaking supportive technology to help avoid collisions, detect pedestrains and alert a distracted driver. Standard safety equipment are airbags, Active Bending Lights; Blind Spot Information System; City Safety and Dynamic Stability and Traction Control.

The Adaptive Cruise Control, available only for the T5, automatically maintains a set gap to the vehicle in front. What is new is that the Adaptive Cruise Control operates at speeds below 30kph all the way to standstill.

The V60 is available in a choice of five colours: Electric Silver, Ember Black, Ice White, Seashell and Flamenco Red.

The T4 variant is priced at RM230,000, while the T5 goes for RM269,000 (OTR without insurance).


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The T5 fascia and that of the T4 (right).  
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