Following the recent release of the V60 R-Design model, Volvo has now unveiled a new Cross Country derivative to its mid-size estate range.
This V60 variant is the latest addition to the Swedish automaker’s line-up of new vehicles. And, with this car, Volvo aims to reinforce its “long-standing pedigree in safe, capable and versatile family cars” that the company says has defined its Cross Country segment since its conceptualisation in 1997.
Like its 60- and 90 Series stablemates, this model benefits from Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform. But thanks to its ‘specially developed’ chassis and suspension, this V60 is now 75 mm higher than the regular model.
According to Henrik Green, senior vice president of research and development at Volvo Cars, this makes the new Cross Country at home in town and when negotiating country roads, “thanks to a higher seating position, increased ground clearance and dynamic all-wheel-drive capabilities”. The latter is fitted as standard, along qith hill descent control, electronic stability control, corner traction control and a ‘special’ Off-Road driving mode, furthering its off-road abilities.
Other standard equipment included in this package is the Gothenburg-based brand’s Sensus Connect infotainment system, City Safety technology with autobrakr and Pilot Assist. Cross Traffic Alert is, however, an option.
The V60 Cross Country will be available with both a T5 petrol and D5 diesel powertrain, with mild hybrid and plug-in hybrids to follow. As of yet, Volvo has yet to announce when this new model will replace the V60 Cross Country currently available in South Africa. And how much it will cost.
Author: Marius Boonzaier