Volvo’s jacked-up estate gets specific off-road suspension and technology, and launches later this year
Volvo has released the first pictures and details of its new V60 Cross Country, set to launch later this year.
The rugged estate follows on from the standard V60 estate, which was launched earlier this year. As is traditional for the Cross Country sub-brand, it benefits from chunky lower body cladding and a 75mm ride height increase. New front and rear skid plates complete the transformation.
The V60 Cross Country isn’t just a styling upgrade, however, as a new specially developed chassis and suspension package aims to boost the Audi A4 Allroad rival’s off-road capability. All-wheel drive is standard fitment, alongside Hill Descent Control and a new off-road driving mode for the drivetrain.
In the UK, the V60 Cross Country’s sole engine choice at launch will be the 188bhp D4 Diesel engine mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. It’s capable of 0-62mph in 8.2 seconds, but specificfuel economy figures are yet to be released. Mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants are said to follow at a later date.
Like the regular V60, the Cross Country will benefit from standard City Safety with Autobrake tech, which can recognise pedestrians, cyclists and large animals. Run-off Road Mitigation and Oncoming Lane Mitigation will also be standard, while Cross-Traffic Alert is optional.