Volvo, which is on a spirited drive to redefine its brand image as well as revamping its entire vehicle line-up, has unveiled yet another new model this weekend. The Volvo V90 Cross Country, which adds 60mm more to the adjustable ride height, and more track width front and rear to the regular V90 estate, is aimed at those looking for an all-weather Volvo but do not need a full-size SUV like the XC90.
Design-wise, the Cross Country looks mostly similar to the V90, with a few minor differences to the front fascia and the rear bumper, as well as some protective cladding along the sides. It also manages to carry the increased ride height well without looking awkward. Tested extensively at facilities in the north of Sweden, with up to -40 degrees centigrade and at Arizona’s extreme heat, Volvo says the Cross Country is a highly durable and all-weather capable car. “Our cars are well known for their safety, strength and durability. With All-Wheel Drive, increased ride height, and a chassis optimised for comfort and control in all weather and road conditions, the new V90 Cross Country takes our versatile V90 estate and adds the heart of an explorer,” says Dr Peter Mertens, senior vice president, Research & Development at Volvo Cars.
There’s no mention of the powertrain yet, but we don’t expect anything different under the V90 Cross Country’s bonnet. It’s going to be the same turbocharged and supercharged four-pot that powers the T6 version of the XC90 and the S90, with the T5 and a possible plug-in hybrid T8 completing the line-up.
While it’s been toughened on the outside, Volvo is keen to point out that the interior is still “sumptuous” and offers all the luxury, connectivity and entertainment features available in the new S90 and V90, including the impressive sound system by Bowers & Wilkins.
Production of the Cross Country is set to start later this year at Volvo Cars Torslanda Plant in Sweden, with the launch expected to be in time for winter.