Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Volvo | posted September 20, 2016 09:00
All-wheel drive coupled with increased ride height
After several spy shots of what looked to be a taller V90, the all-new station wagon will indeed have a high-riding sibling after Volvo recently released the first images and details of the V90 Cross Country. Billed by the automaker of combining elegance with off the beaten track performance, the new high-riding station wagon will deliver safety, comfort and performance in one package according to Hakan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo Car Group.
Underpinning the V90 Cross Country is the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) which also underpins the new V90 and XC90 models. The new platform, according to Volvo, allows them to lengthen or shorten the frame, depending on the model. This will allow the company to use the SPA in future models. In addition, the company also indicated that the new frame will allow them to easily install car features like driver aids, cabin amenities and electrical wiring.
In terms of exterior design, the distinct styling of the V90 rubs off on the new Cross Country. However, the lower front fascia is slightly different with its more aggressive look and new set of foglights. The rear sections also bears minimal changes apart from the 'Cross Country' lettering seen on the rear bumper cladding. Also apparent on the V90 Cross Country is the increased ride height. Volvo stated that the new model is 2.4-inches (60mm) taller than the standard V90.
The interior also looks similar to the V90 Cross Country and carries almost the same level of equipment. These include the distinct 3-spoke multi-function steering wheel, large tablet-inspired infotainment touchscreen, panoramic glass roof, leather-metal and wood trim and a multi-information display. Compared to the V90 which gets a pre-dominantly beige interior, the V90 Cross Country features a darker-themed interior.
Exact engine lineup of the V90 was not revealed though Volvo did say it will have AWD as standard. It is highly likely however that the powertrain options from the V90 will be available in the new Cross Country. These include the T5 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four, the D4 2.0-liter turbo-diesel and the T8 AWD which is propelled by a turbocharged motor and an electric motor.
“Our cars are well known for their safety, strength and durability. With All-Wheel Drive, increased ride height, and a chassis optimised for comfort and control in all weather and road conditions, the new V90 Cross Country takes our versatile V90 estate and adds the heart of an explorer,” said Dr. Peter Mertens, senior vice president research and development at Volvo Cars.
Production of the new Volvo V90 Cross Country will begin soon.