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One model series at a time, Volvo is gradually upgrading its lineup to the modern definition of Scandinavian function and form. Now, it's the compact family that's getting attention--the award-winning 2018 XC60 being the most recent example. Similar to their order of operations with the 90-series, they're following up their utility debut with a more familiar "estate-ment" with the 2019 Volvo V60 wagon.

Even in the current V60 wagon, the brand's decades of experience designing excellent family vehicles shines. Come the 2019 model year, however, that sense of design will come with the nature-inspired, old-world craftsmanship that underscores the Volvo idea of luxury. This includes the "Thor's Hammer" LED daytime running light elements, upright tail light designs, and uncluttered interior centered around a gorgeous Sensus Connect display--and they promise no shortage of curb appeal.

The switch to the brand's Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) has also made the new V60 better at checking functional utility boxes. Four additional inches in wheelbase, and five in body length--not to mention a couple added and subtracted from height and width--has net the estate with 30 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the second row, and 48 maximum, a gain of two and four cu-ft respectively. While these dimensions and styling make it closer to the V90 Cross Country, the 60-series wagon's engine options and safety features show it's different mission.

When it launches on our shores, the 2019 V60 will be offered in 250-hp T5 with FWD, or 316-hp T6 with AWD--similar to the XC60. Unlike that crossover, however, no T8 Plug-in Hybrid will be offered, at least on our shores. Instead, Volvo has announced a hybrid version of the T6 powertrain with 340 horsepower will arrive later this model year, or next.

But what we won't have to wait for is safety features. In addition to the Sensus Connect interface with smartphone integration, the V60 will come with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian avoidance and collision mitigation, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control as complimentary equipment. Even more--possibly even Volvo's semi-autonomous "Pilot Assist"--will be offered as options.

When will the 2019 V60 arrive at our Volvo dealership in Manasquan, NJ, you might ask? According to the latest press release, the timeframe is set at early 2019--giving you plenty of time to learn more about other new luxury cars we offer, or discover the details on this one! If you want to let us know about your interest, don't hesitate to contact us.

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