Volvo Cars today pulled the cover off their all-terrain version of the V90 wagon, continuing the Cross Country nameplate that has become very popular in the upscale winter weather enclaves around the world.
The Cross Country has been a successful line for Volvo, making its debut nearly 20 years ago with the V70 wagons. Lifting the ground clearance, offering a more rugged underpinnings and a dose of tough exterior styling has proven popular to say the least.
And now with the all-new 2017 V90 Estate, the last frontier was the addition of the Cross Country model, now bridging the gap between the street going wagon and the larger XC90 SUV.
Like the Cross Country before it Volvo adds a significant raise in ride height, here with an approximate a 2-inch increase in under clearance. Larger tires and wheels up to 20-inches are fitted as are plastic fender flares to accommodate them.
The suspension itself features revised geometry and mounting points, not simply taller springs. A fully featured all-wheel drive system will have multiple settings for a variety of terrains and traction scenarios, settable by a console mounted drive mode switch.
Styling differs from the V90 Estate in a few key areas. It gets a unique grille with five steel studs on each black vertical slat and trims around the windows are gloss black instead of chrome. Further more robust plastic cladding is added around its lower perimeter to protect from rugged terrain.
For those wanting a less utilitarian appearance, the V90 Cross Country can also be had with body color lower cladding for a more discreet and upscale presentation.
The interior too gets its share of styling touches setting the Cross Country apart from its Estate sibling. Aside the unique selections of leather and their rugged stitching patterns, rich open pore woods can be had to go with its blacked out accent trims.
Powertrains have not yet been announced for North America, but it’s expected they will for the most part mirror that of the V90 Estate. These include first and most likely the T6 Drive-E, a 2.0 liter supercharged and turbocharged four cylinder good for 316 horsepower.
A T5 variant of the engine may be available in the V90 Cross Country but that hasn’t yet been specified. If it does, the turbocharged version of the 2.0 liter engine offers 250 horsepower. Both engines come with an 8-speed automatic.
The last potential offering would be the T8 “Twin Engine” powertrain. The plug-in hybrid system utilizes the T6 Drive-E engine for the front-wheels and an electric motor drive unit at the rear axle. With some 400 horsepower, it’s not likely we’ll see this in the Cross Country, at least not at first.
The 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country starts production this fall and is due here in North America early in 2017 with a starting price of $55,300.