2014 Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid

2014 Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid

Shortly after hitting the stage at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Volvo execs reportedly started discussing the US return of the automaker's V60 wagon.

Subdued Plug-in Hybrid Badging

Subdued Plug-in Hybrid Badging

Gone from US soil for some time now, Volvo is strongly considering the re-entry of its V60 into the US for Model Year 2014.

A decision is expected to be finalized by the end of 2013, but it seems Volvo's existing US lineup of only 5 Model Year 2014 vehicles is not nearly enough and the most logical addition would be the v60 wagon.  Volvo's current US lineup lacks a single station wagon at this time.

There's still no guarantee that Volvo would ship the plug-in hybrid version of the V60 here even if the automaker commits to a US launch of the 2014 V60, but Volvo's absolute lack of a plug-in vehicle in the US makes for a gaping hole that the V60 diesel plug-in hybrid could fill quite well.  If Volvo gives it the US nod, it could reach showrooms in by late 2013.

Fitted with a five-cylinder 2.4-liter turbo diesel producing 215 horsepower and featuring a 70-hp electric motor, the capable plug-in V60 wagon zips from 0 to 62 mph in 6.1 seconds.  Electric-only range is listed at up to 31 miles courtesy of an 11.2-kWh lithium-ion battery pack.  Torque is impressive at 472 pound-feet.  Total driving range is 560 miles.

It's an all-around performer, so fingers crossed it's US-bound.