VOLVO CARS REVEALS NEW V60 CROSS COUNTRY
- The V60 sports wagon, now with all-road and all-weather capability
- New rugged design with increased ride height
- Both front and all-wheel drive choice for buyers
- Extends Volvo’s acclaimed Cross Country product line-up
Volvo Cars unveils the long-awaited Cross Country version of its successful V60 sports wagon at the 2014 LA Motor Show this week.
“We are delighted to add the third true Cross Country model to our product portfolio. The successful combination of dynamic styling and rugged capability places the V60 Cross Country in a class of its own,” said Lex Kerssemakers, Senior Vice President Product Strategy and Vehicle Line Management at Volvo Cars.
In the UK, the Volvo V60 has continually been in the top 3 of the sales charts for Volvo since its launch. The V60 was refreshed in 2013 with a new front and rear, along with a host of feature updates. To further extend the appeal of the V60, at the end of 2014, the V60 received a brand new Drive-E engine from Volvo’s own in-house designed and built engine platform, the 181hp, 2.0 litre, 4-cylinder, D4 diesel.
The V60 Cross Country will be offered in the UK with the D3 FWD, D4 FWD and D4 AWD. Prices and specification will be announced and orders will be able to be placed during quarter 1 of 2015. Production will commence for UK placed orders in May and deliveries are expected to start from late June.
The Cross Country brand has a long and distinguished heritage. Volvo Cars was the first premium brand to offer increased all-road capability and styling on its estates as far back as 1997 when it introduced the V70 Cross Country, creating a whole new type of car experience that has since captured the imagination of the motoring public.
Reflecting Volvo’s Scandinavian heritage and love of nature and adventure, the V60 Cross Country brings together the best of both worlds – a sporty, connected yet comfortable driving experience with the freedom to explore new horizons.
Volvo Sporty capability
“With ground clearance increased by 65mm compared to the V60, the Cross Country’s sturdy construction offers unparalleled control on and off the beaten track, coupled with an enhanced sporty driving experience thanks to torque vectoring technology and corner traction control. The V60 Cross Country really is a getaway car – enabling an adventurous lifestyle in pure rugged form,” said Lex Kerssemakers.
Offering new Cross Country 18” and 19” wheels (tbc for the UK), the V60 Cross Country comes with high profile tyres, adding comfort and off-road aesthetics, reducing road noise and providing added wheel protection.
Volvo Rugged individualist design
Central to the Cross Country concept is the expression of go-anywhere capability and rugged design. It caters to those who have an active lifestyle, favouring the dirt road over the paved, handling either with ease. This is manifested in the V60 Cross Country through explicit design cues that heighten the adventurous nature of the car. With increased ground clearance, skid plates front and rear, side scuff plates and bumper extenders, the V60 Cross Country conveys an imposing, muscular presence that underlies its capable nature, while integrated tailpipes reflect its sporty dark side. To complement the capable exterior styling, sports seats in black leather with distinctive brown stitching, plus two new two-tone leather upholsteries will be offered (tbc for the UK).
Volvo Diesel powertrains
Volvo’s new class-leading Drive-E four-cylinder diesel engines, which will be available in the V60 Cross Country, will be the base for the two Front-Wheel Drive variants available. The proven five-cylinder D4 powertrain will provide the power for the All-Wheel Drive variant.