Volvo V60 Sportwagon debuts at New York show: Fast wagonback

Volvo V60 T6 R Design AWD Polestar

The Volvo V60 T6 R Design AWD Polestar, introduced to Americans at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, has a black apron on the leftgate, making the rear look something like a Volvo C30.

Volvo owners have been the station wagon-loviningest people in America, though in recent years, the sale of Volvo wagons had fallen, enough so that Volvo threw in the towel and dropped the Volvo V70 wagon from the lineup. If they weren’t going to buy wagons, Volvo opined, they could buy the Volvo XC60 crossover. And they did.

Yet in other markets, Volvo sold wagons, and by dropping the station wagon from its lineup, Volvo was disinheriting the American Volvo wagon faithful.

Well, no longer. Not as of early 2014, that is, when Volvo will begin to import the Volvo V60 Sportwagon.

As a “sportwagon,” the V60 has faster roofline than the old squared-off V70, which had still been mechanically identical to the S60 sedan. Similarly the V60 Sportwagon will be the same as the S60 sedan, other than a taller trunk with windows.

“The new Volvo V60,” according to Volvo, “is for people who want the handling of a dynamic sports sedan but need the versatility of a wagon. Now, forging a new path with the V60, the Scandinavian automaker reaches a new level of design and sophistication, blending styling cues from its best-selling sedan with a sleek, curvy silhouette.”

The bright red Volvo V60 T6 R Design AWD introduced at the 2013 New York International Auto Show was in sporty Polestar configuration.

“The V60 builds upon our wagon heritage, and it’s a beautiful evolution in design and direction for Volvo,” said Volvo Cars of North America president and CEO John Maloney. “Many consumers will be glad to see the addition of this exciting sports wagon to the Volvo lineup in America. And this time, we’ve added sophistication with the dynamic driving performance of a sedan.”

Pricing and specifications will be announced closer to the release date. In the meantime, we encourage Swedish wagonophiles  to hold off on those antiquing trips. The Volvo V60 is coming, and the old stuff, well, it isn’t getting that much older.