The wraps came off the off-road estate at three simultaneous events in Malmo, Sweden, Switzerland, and the US. It will be available in the UK in the first quarter of next year, as a replacement for the XC70, and will rival the forthcoming Mercedes E-Class All Terrain (which is expected to be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show at the end of this month), as well as the Audi A6 allroad.
The four-wheel drive V90 Cross Country completes Volvo’s line-up of ‘90’ cars, alongside the S90 saloon, V90 estate, and XC90 SUV.
Compared to the V90 that it's based on, the new Cross Country model has the addition of cladding at the front, side and rear, as well as having a total of 210mm ground clearance, 60mm more than the regular V90. While it’s toughened up to cope with off-road driving, it’s been done in a polished and refined way.
The Cross Country models will come with bespoke tyres, which the company says offer better off-road grip and perform better on uneven surfaces, as well as a providing a comfortable drive on-road. The car will also come with four driving modes: rough road, comfort, eco and dynamic.
There’s no confirmation as to which engines will be available in the UK yet, but it’s likely that the line-up will include a version of the D4 diesel engine, tailored to use with four-wheel drive and available with a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox, and a more powerful D5 diesel engine with automatic gearbox. The range is not expected to include any petrol engines, but a T8 plug-in hybrid version is on the cards, which (like all these engines) is available in the XC90.