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by Brett Davis

Volvo has just announced the launch of the new Volvo V60 Sports Wagon in Australia. The car slots in between the Volvo S60 sedan and the V70 wagon, presenting a funky, practical and spacious package.

As previously reported, Volvo Australia said it would launch the all-new model in Australia some time during the end of the first quarter of this year, and now it’s here. At the stage of our previous report, Volvo Australia had not yet finalised specific trim levels and engine packages that would be available to our local market, but now it’s all been announced.

The Volvo V60 Sports Wagon is available in three different variants, similar to the Volvo S60 sedan, meaning trim levels range from T5, D5 AWD and T6 AWD.

As with the Volvo S60 sedan, the T5 kicks off the range with a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine outputting 177kW of power and 320Nm of torque. The T5 is also matched to a dual-clutch Powershift transmission.

Next in the range is the D5 AWD. The D5 features a 2.4-litre, five cylinder turbo-diesel engine outputting 151kW of power and 420Nm of torque. The D5 uses a Geartronic automatic transmission with Sports mode. Power is then channelled through to all four wheels.

Topping out the range is the T6. This features the 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine which outputs 224kW of power and 440Nm of torque. Power is also sent to all four wheels after going through the six-speed Geartronic automatic transmission.

As with all Volvo cars, the V60 Sports Wagon is accompanied by an array of standard safety features, including Advanced Stability Control (ASC), Rollover Protection System (ROPS), Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC) as well as Volvo’s City Safety and Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS).

On the comfort front, Volvo has fit the inside of the V60 range with a High Performance Sound system incorporating a colour five-inch screen as well as USB ports and an MP3 compatible stereo system. There’s also an optional High Performance Multimedia system which offers a seven-inch screen, 12 speakers and a DVD player.

Pricing for the Volvo V60 Sports Wagon range is as follows, excluding on-road costs:

T5, 2.0-litre, four cylinder, Powershift – $54,950
T5 R-Design, 2.0-litre, Powershift – $59,150
D5 all-wheel drive, 2.4-litre, five cylinder, Geartronic – $60,950
T6 all-wheel drive, 3.0-litre, six cylinder, Geartronic – $67,950
T6 R-Design all-wheel drive, 3.0-litre, six cylinder, Geartronic – $72,150