Volvo V60 wagon is the company's safest, smartest car yet
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Swedish car firm Volvo is charging ahead with a new model designed to appeal to modern family values - with an electric hybrid option for those who want to be green.
But rather than have a glitzy unveiling with flashing lights and razzmatazz, it has launched its versatile new V60 estate in its natural habitat – the driveway of a family home in Stockholm.
Volvo promises that the new V60 will be ‘one of the safest cars on the road’ by protecting not only the occupants but also pedestrians, cyclists and large animals.
The Swedish vehicle maker took the wraps off its new five-door, mid-size premium estate in the suburbs of its home nation's capital to highlight what it said was Volvo Cars' pedigree in family estates.
Volvo said the new V60 aims to combine good looks with everyday practicality with a luxurious interior, increased space, advanced connectivity, plus the firm’s latest driver support and safety systems.
A Volvo spokesman said: ‘It pinpoints how the V60’s versatile design caters to the diverse needs and realities of modern family life.’
He added: ‘Few car makers can match Volvo Cars’ history and credibility in making well-designed, practical and versatile estate cars.'
Volvo Cars president and chief executive Håkan Samuelsson said: ’The family estate driver is an important customer for our business and has been for generations.
‘The new V60 honours that tradition, but also takes it much further.’
And in preparation to fulfill last year's pledge to electrify all the cars it sells by 2019, the new V60 comes with two plug-in hybrid options.
The new T6 Twin Engine all-wheel drive (AWD) petrol plug-in hybrid petrol generates a combined 185kW, while the T8 Twin Engine AWD version delivers a meatier 233kW.
But proving that the internal combustion engine is not dead yet, there are also regular T5 and T6 petrol powertrains, while drivers who refuse to be put off by demonised diesel can choose from the D3 or D4 diesel engines.
Volvo, which is now owned by Chinese car giant Geely, said: ‘The new V60 reinforces Volvo’s standing as the industry leader in safety, with a comprehensive list of safety features that come as standard.’
One of these features is the potentially life-saving City Safety with Autobrake technology, which uses automatic braking and detection systems to assist the driver in avoiding potential collisions.
‘It is the only system on the market to recognise pedestrians, cyclists and large animals,' Volvo bosses explained.
'In a world first, City Safety now also engages auto-braking to mitigate oncoming collisions.‘
Volvo’s semi-autonomous pilot assist system - which helps the driver with automated steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roadsat speeds of up to 80mph – has been upgraded to improve performance when cornering.
The V60 also includes a suite of safety and steering features, such as run-off road mitigation, oncoming lane mitigation, and cross traffic alert with an automatic breaking feature, to further improve safety for people inside and outside the car.
To keep parents and children entertained on the road, Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system is fully compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and 4G, and keeps drivers connected at all times.
The system is controlled via an intuitive tablet-style touch screen that combines car functions, navigation, connected services and entertainment apps.
In some markets, though not in New Zealand, customers can sign up to Volvo’s new mobile-phone style subscription service Care by Volvo which allows motorists to pay a monthly flat-fee subscription rather than own the car outright.
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