Volvo had lifted the wraps off from its all-new Volvo V60 midsize estate, and yes, it’s a pretty looking thing. But most crucially to note is that it has a 390hp plug-in hybrid powertrain hiding under the gorgeous body.

Launched in a driveway of a family home in Stockholm (the car’s “natural habitat,” Volvo admits) pinpoints how the V60’s versatile design caters to the diverse needs of modern family life.

Like the larger 90 series cars, the V60 shares its Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform with the new XC60, which will house a number of common powertrains.

This includes two plug-in hybrid powertrain options: the 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 390hp. Regular powertrain choices including petrol T5 or T6 and D3 or D4 diesel engines.

Of course, this being a Volvo, the V60 comes with a comprehensive list of safety features as standard, including advanced driver-support systems known from the 90 series and XC60 including City Safety with Autobrake (which can recognise cyclists, pedestrians and animal preventing an accident), Pilot Assist (which assist the driver in accelerating, braking and steering in a “well marked” road), Run-off Road Mintigation (which helps the car stay in lane), and Oncoming Lane Mitigation (which prevents crashing with cars in the oncoming lanes).

The new V60 made an interesting debut and definitely very Volvo. With a 390hp powertrain in a relatively small package, the V60 has the potential to be a lot of fun; hopefully Volvo Cars Malaysia will bring this beauty in soon.

[Bryan Au]

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