In recent years, SUVs such as the XC90, XC60 and recently launched XC40 have become hugely important for Volvo, but that doesn’t mean the Swedish car maker is neglecting the estate cars that have long been its bread and butter.

After the V90 and its rugged Cross Country sibling, the Swedes are about to downsize that winning formula for the completely new V60 caught this week between two test sessions while getting a refill in northern Sweden.

In typical alternative Volvo fashion, the prototype car is wearing weird camouflage attire with a black and white swirly disguise covering the body combined with plastic add-ons on some of the panels to really disguise the styling. 

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Keen eyes will notice the test vehicle has a cutout on the front-left wing, which likely means we’re dealing with a plug-in hybrid vehicle, because that’s the place where Volvo puts the charging port on its PHEVs. However, you can never be too sure when talking about prototypes.

Once the camouflage is taken off the new V60 estate, expect to see a gorgeous design in the same vein as its bigger brother, the V90. It should be just about the same story on the inside as the cabin is unlikely to stray away too far from Volvo’s recent products. Take for example the XC60 and XC90, which have essentially the same dashboard design, with only the shape of the air vents changing between models, along with a few other discreet variations.

Like the XC60 and all the 90-series models, the new V60 will ride on the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform and will use an assortment of four-cylinder engines. The range-topper will be the T8 plug-in hybrid, marrying a twin-charged 2-litre petrol engine with an electric motor to provide a combined output of 400bhp and 472lb ft of torque.

As for when the V60 might debut, Volvo has done well to keep the car hidden for so long – the estate is expected to debut within a matter of weeks.


Gallery: 2018 Volvo V60 spy photos