The 2015 Volvo V60 will finally go on sale in the U.S. in January 2014. The Volvo V60 wagon was launched in Europe over three years ago so fans have been waiting for it for quite some time now. It is powered by the new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine – the first Volvo ever to feature this engine. This engine is included in a new family of all-aluminum, direct-injected gasoline and diesel engines that have 2.0 liters in displacement.
Volvo anticipates that this engine range will serve as the backbone of a simplified powertrain strategy used for future products. At the start, only the gasoline engine will be available in the U.S. This engine will be offered in four tuned versions. The variant with the most power will be equipped with both a supercharger (for low-rpm response) and a turbocharger (for power at high rpm) to produce 302hp and 295 pound-feet of torque.
It will appear in the S60 and XC60, most probably in the 2015 model year (sold from January to February). The base front-wheel-drive V60 will be powered by a less powerful version of the new 2.0-liter that features just a single turbocharger and delivers 240 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The 240-hp 2.0-liter is available in base versions of the S60, S80, XC60 and XC70.
All the new 2.0-liter engines will come with an Aisin-Warner-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Those that have this engine will make the switch to electric-assist power steering, which boosts efficiency and enables Volvo to provide an active lane-keeping assist system. The 2015 Volvo V60s with the 240-hp 2.0-liter inline-4 and eight-speed automatic is capable of accelerating from zero to 60-mph in 6.1 seconds.
Volvo also claims that it returns 29 mpg combined EPA rating. Volvo plans to shift to an all-four-cylinder-engine lineup after a few years but initially, the V60 will also come with the brand’s familiar five- and six-cylinder engines. All-wheel-drive V60 wagons will be equipped with both a turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-5 (250 hp, 266 lb-ft) and a turbo 3.0-liter inline-6 (325 hp, 354 lb-ft). These engines will be coupled with a carryover six-speed automatic. It won’t be offered with a manual gearbox.