The Volvo station wagon, like the modern Volvo V60, used to be a hit back in the 80’s and 90’s, but time has move on and left it behind with the replacement of the SUV era. But the SUV era got a big downfall as well due to the economic crisis and the rise on oil prices. Now customers are either looking for a small SUV (crossover) or coming back to a station wagon to save gas, and a hybrid station wagon version of those models is more icing on a cake. Well, that is kind of putting the Volvo hybrid station wagon back on the market.
With that, Volvo just announced plans for the V60 plug-in hybrid station wagon. Volvo places the V60 as a sports wagon for the enthusiasts, which it tries to move the station wagon’s image into the modern era. No longer that we can view it just as a family car.
The Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid station wagon will make its first appearance at the Geneva Motor Show this March. Two versions of the Volvo V60 hybrid station wagon will be available in the United States: a gas diesel-electric production model and an all-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid station wagon.
The Volvo V60 hybrid station wagon is powered by a 215-horsepower turbo-diesel 2.4-liter five-cylinder in front and with a 70-hp electric motor in the rear. A 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack is used to power the motor while it’s running on pure electric. Volvo claims the battery will last up to 31 miles for this hybrid station wagon.
It is likely that the Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid station wagon will go on sale by the beginning of 2012.