Revealed a few days ago online and presented this week at the Geneva auto show, the 2019 Volvo V60 is the latest piece of this Swedish brand’s puzzle, a slick family machine that takes its place in the middle of a range that begins with the new Volvo XC40 compact crossover.

Volvo has yet to reveal the Volvo S60, a sedan whose arrival is confirmed for later in 2018, so we expect that to show up at the New York Auto Show, as the sedan has long been the favoured car type in the American market.

However, Volvo is still putting emphasis on the cars that helped it build its reputation: station wagons occupy a niche that had almost disappeared at the beginning of the decade, having been displaced by SUVs.

The 2019 Volvo V60’s design was clearly inspired by the brand’s other recent products, including the S90/V90, XC60 and XC90, all of which are built on the same SPA (scalable product architecture) platform as the latest V60.

What’s distinctive about Volvo’s new family car? Unlike its larger V90 sibling, it sports a more vertical rear end that should result in a more practical cargo area, a wagon’s main reason for being.

The cockpit is also very similar to those in other recent Volvos, and that’s a good thing given Volvo’s mastery of comfortable seating.

Under the V60’s hood, we should expect a trio of trims consisting of Volvo V60 T5, T6, and T8. The first would rely solely on the turbo four-cylinder of about 250 horsepower, while the T6 would use a turbo- and supercharged version of that motor good for 340 hp and the T8 would add plug-in hybrid capability for around 390 hp.

And watch for a Cross Country version boasting more rugged bodywork and extra ground clearance.

The only gearbox will be an eight-speed automatic, and AWD is expected to be standard in Canada, as it is in the outgoing V60. What we don’t know is when the V60 will arrive in Canada and how it will be priced.

Slowly but surely, the roof is growing longer and longer at Volvo, thanks to the memory of the brand’s history. Remember the beautiful Volvo 760?

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