Still a place in the Volvo range for a mid-size estate/wagon: Volvos V60.

Still a place in the Volvo range for a mid-size estate/wagon: Volvo's V60.

For the first time on a Volvo Cars model range, the Geely-owned premium brand is to offer two plug-in hybrid powertrains on its new V60 (five-door, mid-size premium estate) model. It says the move reflects its 'industry-first announcement to electrify all new cars from 2019'.

The V60 will be available with a new T6 Twin Engine AWD petrol plug-in hybrid that generates a combined 340 hp, or the T8 Twin Engine AWD petrol plug-in hybrid that delivers 390 hp.

The regular petrol choice includes T5 or T6 powertrains. Drivers who still prefer diesel can select D3 or D4 engines.

In a claimed first for the segment, customers can access the new V60 via Volvo Cars' new premium subscription service, 'Care by Volvo', which offers car access via a monthly flat-fee subscription rather than ownership. Care by Volvo 'makes having a car as transparent, easy and hassle free as having a mobile phone', the company says.

The new V60 shares Volvo Cars' Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform with the new XC60 and three 'top-of-the-line' 90 series cars. Volvo says the SPA-based V60 introduces a 'new standard to the mid-size premium estate segment with a luxurious interior, increased levels of space, advanced connectivity, and Volvo Cars' latest driver-support systems and other safety technology'.

The V60 will also be available with Volvo's 'Pilot Assist' system – which supports the driver with steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads up to 80 mph. Volvo says it has been upgraded with improved cornering performance. The V60 also includes Run-off Road Mitigation, Oncoming Lane Mitigation and other steering-assistance systems. The optional Cross Traffic Alert with autobrake further improves safety for people inside and outside the car, Volvo says.

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