Will offer "a capable yet comfortable driving experience."
Volvo is going to reveal its fourth generation fullsize rugged station wagon in mid-September. The “eagerly awaited V90 Cross Country” will most likely also show up during the upcoming Paris Motor Show in early October.
The Swedish company is trying to keep all the details in secret until the official premiere of the car and is briefly explaining the Cross Country series has “cemented its position as a premium mainstay and a true all-weather alternative to the SUV.” Twenty years after the debut of the original V70 Cross Country (pictured below), its modern successor will provide “a capable yet comfortable driving experience.”
“Cross Country has become the true expression of a Volvo car in many people’s eyes,” Volvo’s top brass Hakan Samuelsson comments. “It was a winning concept from the start, perfect for the tough climate and road conditions that we experience in Sweden.”
While we don’t have official information yet, you can expect the V90 Cross Country to sit slightly higher than the standard wagon, based on the S90 sedan. You don’t have to be an automotive guru to imagine it will follow a proven recipe – with protective cladding around the bottom edge of the body and fenders, redesigned bumpers with metallic trim, and more off-road suitable tires.
Offering a cool mix of wagon looks and crossover’s taller ride, the V90 CC will borrow the engine lineup of its V90 and S90 brothers, which means European customers will get several diesel options, as well as the T5 and T6 petrol units with 254 horsepower (187 kilowatts) and 320 hp (235 kW). All versions will be featuring all-wheel drive as standard.
A recent report claims Volvo will bring the V90 CC to North America – likely as a direct rival for the popular Subaru Outback. The S90 is currently offered in the United States with the range-topping T6 and this engine seems like the most possible option for the V90 CC on this side of the ocean.
Gallery: Volvo V90 Cross Country teased prior to mid-September debut
Volvo Cars’ instrumental role in defining the adventurous Cross Country segment is widely acknowledged. With the imminent reveal of the new V90 Cross Country, the Swedish carmaker is set to cement its leading role as the most capable and comfortable premium all-roader on offer and complete its 90 Series line-up.
“Cross Country has become the true expression of a Volvo car in many peoples’ eyes. It was a winning concept from the start, perfect for the tough climate and road conditions that we experience in Sweden,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President & CEO, Volvo Car Group.
Developed in 1996, the first Cross Country estate combined functional flexibility and rugged capability. Today, 20 years later, the Cross Country segment is a familiar sight across the premium car market, providing a capable, yet comfortable driving experience.
Extreme climate capability
Designed to cope with the demanding requirements of an extreme Scandinavian climate, Cross Country models perform in all sorts of road conditions – from muddy tracks and knee-deep snow to long distance highway driving. Proving a popular choice with horse and boat owners thanks to its high ground clearance, pulling power and responsive All-Wheel Drive, Cross Country has cemented its position as a premium mainstay and a true all-weather alternative to the SUV.
“We were very careful from the very beginning to ensure that the Cross Country concept was not just an exercise in rugged styling. We placed high demands on real-world capability, and as we developed the segment we added the comfort and convenience elements that Volvo drivers have come to expect,” said Dr Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research & Development at Volvo Car Group.
The eagerly awaited V90 Cross Country will be revealed in mid-September.