A stylish Swedish station wagon that’s sporty to boot? An outlandish concept, we know, but the 2011 Volvo
V60 wagon, which will make its global debut at the 2010 Paris motor show in September, promises to be exactly that.
Yes, we did say V60 -- Volvo
has shifted the name of its new midsize wagon to help tie it to its four-door sibling, the new 2011 Volvo S60
. From the C-pillars forward, the two vehicles look virtually identical. The V60 shares the S60's shapely snout and flared fenders, although its hindquarters are unique. Designers were reportedly aiming to craft a coupe-like profile for the new wagon, but instead of raking the roofline and compromising interior space, the automaker drastically lowered the upper edge of the rear windows.
It's hard to reinvent the hatch, but Volvo's design team worked hard to spiff up the V60's posterior. A strong character line, which originates from the front fenders, runs the length of the car and folds into the tall tail lamps. Per Volvo
tradition, the rear lights run from the fender to the top of the roof, but thanks to the V60's dramatic shoulders, their shape is a little more outlandish. Buyers looking for extra pizzazz may opt for an available styling pack, which adds custom scuff plates, large exhaust tips, and 18-inch wheels.