Volvo to add dynamic new R-Design to V60 range

Volvo is adding more choice and sporting style to its stylish and functional V60 estate car range with the introduction of new R-Design versions.

R-Design variants are immediately recognisable, thanks to exterior features that amplify the V60's striking, modern lines, including a high-gloss black finish for the mesh front grille, door mirror housings, window frames, integrated roof rails and twin tailpipe surrounds.

They are also distinguished by their 18-inch alloy wheels with a diamond-cut finish. LED front fog-lights and front parking sensors (to accompany the rear ones ) are provided as standard.

The cabin interprets the R-Design-style theme with a black headlining, sports pedals, a sports leather steering wheel and gear lever, and R-Design-etched tread plates.

The sports front seats are fitted with part-leather upholstery, cushion extensions and multi-directional lumbar support. There are also metal mesh interior inlays, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, and a central rear armrest with built-in storage and cupholders.

The specification is not simply about a sportier appearance, however. R-Design versions use sports-tuned suspension that delivers an even more engaging driving experience, with stiffer spring rates, faster-responding monotube dampers, thicker anti-roll bars and a 12mm lower ride height.

Volvo claims that this adds emphasis to the V60's character as a dynamic and versatile estate car that goes far beyond functional, family-friendly transport.

R-Design specification should be available here (as in the UK ) with all the current V60 Drive-E powertrain options: D3 and D4 diesels with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, and the T5 petrol automatic.

Automatic versions are unique in the V60 range in featuring paddle shifts on the steering wheel for quick manual gear selection. Claimed combined cycle fuel economy is up to 62.9mpg with claimed CO2 emissions from as little as 119g/km (for the D4 manual ).

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