It’s about time spy shots of the second-generation V60 are clogging up our inboxes — the wagon and indeed the S60 saloon made their debuts way back in 2010. We were so much younger and slimmer then... Anyway, Volvo has been pitting its new estate in the snow in its native Sweden and unsurprisingly, it’s covered the test mule with lots of cladding.

In spite of all the camouflage, we believe the newbie will take on styling elements from its bigger brother, the V90, and reckon it’ll be just as attractive, but slightly smaller of course. At first glance, it looks just like a shrunken version of the V90 with a shorter rear overhang and cargo area. We’re pleased to see the familiar ‘Thor’s hammer’ daytime running lights but the tailights don’t appear to be extending into the tailgate like they do on the bigger model. However with that black and white swirly disguise on the car we could be wrong — and although more cladding covers the rear bumper design we can see that Volvo will retain the dual exhaust tips. Those will extra sharp eyes will have noticed that there is a cutout on the front-left fender; could that mean this is a plug-in hybrid? It’s the same area where Volvo puts the charging port on its PHEVs so it could very well be likely.

 

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We expect good things from the cabin so long as it doesn’t stray too far from what Volvo’s recent models are like. We’re still deeply in love with the interior of the XC90 (those seats!) and since the upcoming V60 will be underpinned by Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) we’re hoping for more of the same such as 12.3in digital gauge cluster and a 9.0in portrait-style touchscreen infotainment display.

Like the XC60 and all the “90” series models, the new V60 will be powered by an assortment of four-cylinder engines.

The top-of-the-range version will be the T8 plug-in hybrid marrying a supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine with an electric motor to provide a combined output of 400 horses and 640Nm of torque.

The new V60 will be revealed later this year (along with a new-generation S60 saloon, woohoo!) and should be made available for the 2020 model year.