Volvo Discontinues V60, V90 Wagons (Sort Of)

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, Automotive Editor - July 16, 2021

Volvo has a long, glorious history with wagons. The Swedish luxury automaker is known for making some of the best wagons in history, but with American consumers continuing to choose SUVs over everything else, the automaker thinks it’s a good time to thin its lineup of wagons for the U.S. market. According to Automotive News, the gas-powered V60 and V90 will be discontinued after 2021. While that’s bad news for wagon fans, there is some good news.

The outlet claims that Volvo will continue to offer both the V60 and V90 Cross Country versions. Those are meant to mimic an SUV with rugged body cladding and extra ground clearance. The sporty V60 T8 Polestar Engineered plug-in hybrid wagon will also make it to the 2022 model year.

Beyond a slightly more rugged design and a few extra inches of ground clearance, the Cross Country trims come with all-wheel drive as standard. For the V90, the Cross Country can only be equipped with the T6 powertrain, which includes a turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder engine making 316 horsepower. It’s a punchier engine than the standard T5 powertrain that includes a turbocharged four-cylinder making 250 hp. The entire V60 lineup is only available with the T5 powertrain.

The Cross Country trims are aimed at consumers that want a spacious, tall-riding luxury vehicle that can handle inclement weather and go off-roading. Obviously, consumers that choose one of the Cross Country trims want to get something that's not an SUV. The Cross Country trims are easier to sell and more popular than the regular versions of the wagon, which are, well, just high-end wagons.

Wagons have always sold poorly in the U.S. as consumers favor larger SUVs for family use. Auto News claims that Volvo only sold 366 units of the V60 and 153 V90 wagons in the first half of 2021. So far this year, Volvo has sold 20,592 XC60 SUVs and 19,981 XC90 SUVs. After seeing these figures, we’re not surprised to see Volvo decide to stop offering the regular versions of the V60 and V90.

There aren’t many wagons on sale. Consumers can choose from the Audi A4 Allroad, Audi A6 Allroad, Subaru Outback, Audi RS6, Mercedes-AMG E63 S, Mercedes-Benz E450 All-Terrain, MINI Clubman, and Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo.

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Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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