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Volvo's V60 wagon gets full Cross Country treatment

by Germain Goyer . Oct 05 2018
VolvoThe Cross Country Volvo V60 wagon gets a ride-height boost and added body cladding.


The Cross Country Volvo V60 wagon gets a ride-height boost and added body cladding.

Earlier this year, Volvo unveiled its latest V60 wagon. Inevitably, Volvo is now releasing a Cross Country version of that same vehicle.

Visually, this is essentially the same stunning compact wagon as its sister, but the car gets a 75-millimetre ride-height boost and added body cladding, which are traditional accessories on the Cross Country cars.

Of course, all-wheel drive comes standard, as does hill descent control. There’s also a traction-control system which helps the car corner better on slippery surfaces, as well as an off-road mode, like the one found on the brand’s SUVs.

For the Cross Country, Volvo adds a new safety system called City Safety, which should, according to the carmaker, help prevent a head-on collision with an oncoming vehicle. It adds to Volvo’s already complete safety package of electronic driving aids which can be used at speeds of up to 130 km/h, depending on weather conditions.

Like other Volvo 60 and 90 Series vehicles, the 2019 V60 Cross Country rides on the Scalable Product Architecture, or more commonly known as SPA.

To nobody’s surprise, the car shares pretty much all of its mechanical components with the standard V60. The 250-horsepower T5 four-cylinder turbo engine will be the default engine, with a T6 and, perhaps, a T8 variant expected down the road. Although pricing for the new Cross Country hasn’t been announced yet, the 2019 Volvo V60 sells for an entry price of $43,900, while the previous-generation, 2018 V60 Cross Country retailed for $48,200.

— LC Media