The long-expected Volvo V60 Cross Country, with its ‘go-anywhere personality’ will finally make its first appearance at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

“We are delighted to add the third true Cross Country model to our product portfolio. The successful combination of dynamic styling and rugged capability places the V60 Cross Country in a class of its own,” said Lex Kerssemakers, Senior Vice President Product Strategy and Vehicle Line Management at Volvo Cars.

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The Cross Country model, which started in 1997, combines a sportiness with comfort all while allowing you to explore new destinations behind the wheel.

“With ground clearance increased 65mm (2.6 inches) compared to the V60, the Cross Country’s sturdy construction offers unparalleled control on and off the beaten track, coupled with an enhanced sporty driving experience thanks to torque vectoring technology and corner traction control. The V60 Cross Country really is a getaway car – enabling an adventurous lifestyle in pure rugged form,” said Lex Kerssemakers.

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The V60 Cross Country will be available with 18” and 19” wheels and come with high profile tires for added comfort and off-road aesthetics.  It also reduces road noise and provides added wheel protection whether climbing curbs or negotiating rocky roads.  Hill Descent Control will also come standard.

The exterior of the V60 Cross Country does not belie its capability.  It has increased ground clearance, skid plates front and rear, side scuff plates and fender extenders and put together, the whole package gives off a muscular, commanding presence.  Inside it has sports seats in black leather with distinctive brown stitching and Volvo plans to add two new two-tone leather upholsteries by early 2015.

The US and Canada will get first dibs on the V60 Cross Country cars.  It will come with Volvo’s five-cylinder 250 hp gasoline engine with All-Wheel Drive mated with automatic transmission.