VOLVO has extended its V60 estate car range with the introduction of new R-Design versions.
Priced from £35,410, the sportier variants, which feature design enhancements and suspension tweeks, are expected to become the top-sellers in the V60 range when deliveries start towards the end of the year.
Fresh styling features exclusive to the R-Design models include 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 foglights and front parking sensors come as standard.
The cabin features black headlining, sports pedals, a sports leather steering wheel and gear lever, and R-Design-etched tread plates. The sports front seats have 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.
For an extra £2,250 drivers wanting an even higher spec can choose the R-Design Pro version which is available with all engine and transmission options. It adds 19-inch alloys, dark-tinted rear windows, active bending headlights with adaptive shadow technology and puddle lights, keyless entry and hands-free tailgate operation. Inside, the Pro model adds multi-colour interior lighting, head-up display, heated front seats and power adjustment for the driver's seat with memory setting for both the seat and door mirrors.
The specification upgrade is not simply about a sportier appearance, however. The R-Design versions use sports-tuned suspension with stiffer spring rates, faster-responding monotube dampers, thicker anti-roll bars and a 12mm lower ride height.
Powertains, though, are the same as other V60 models. There's a choice of 150 or 190bhp diesels with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission plus a 250bhp petrol automatic.