Price of this new Swede (Ex-showroom Mumbai, pre-Octroi)-
Volvo S60 Cross Country Inscription (D4 AWD)- Rs. 38.9 Lakhs
In an age where crossovers are the new trend, Volvo has gone bonkers by introducing the Volvo S60 Cross Country sedan. The Swedish car maker has made a really bold statement and a very smart move, by launching this car in India. Instead of following the automakers’ herd and competing in the ‘Crossover race’, Volvo has played a really clever game by changing the dimensions and genetics of their existing Sedan – the S60 and created this wonderful ‘All Road, All Weather Luxury Sedan’. This is their second Cross Country model in India, after the V40 Cross Country.
Volvo believes that they are offering certain ‘key elements’ with the S60 Cross Country, which makes it tremendously practical for the Indian roads and the Indian customer. They are so sure about this move, that they have dubbed this car to be #MadeForIndia.
And boy, are they right!
With a 201mm ground clearance, this car can literally go anywhere! This ride-height has been increased by 65mm from the regular S60 Sedan. You will find huge 18-inch alloy wheels with a tyre profile of 235/50 R18, giving it 11.75 cm of rubber height on the wheels. This means that the shoes of this car, combined with the ground clearance, will allow the car to be as adventurous as you are. With an all-road rugged character, the car will provide you great comfort and luxury even on the kachha roads of rural India as well as the potholes in your city. And that’s where this car scores a gazillion points, because it finally gives the answer to your question – “Where do I drive such an expensive car in India?”
Volvo proudly replies – “Everywhere”.
The car runs on a 2.4-litre D4 diesel engine, which pumps out 190 HP and 420 Nm of Torque. This engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox, and it features an AWD transmission, which adds to the “All-road, All-weather” character of the car. This unique Haldex AWD system provides a power-delivery ratio of 95:5 when going in a straight line on a smooth road; and on a rough terrain, the power is delivered in a 50:50 ratio. The AWD also comes with the standard DSTC (Dynamic Stability and Traction Control) and Advanced Stability Control features.
One thing that I would like to emphasize upon, is that the S60 Cross Country is a “Volvo”. You never finish talking about Volvo, without talking about Safety. In accordance with the title that they have earned for themselves, the S60 Cross Country features CitySafety (up to 50 km/hr)- stands for laser assisted automatic braking, Electronic Brake Assistance (EBA), Electronic Brake Distribution(EBD) and Hill Descent control, which confidently works on maintaining the car at a constant speed whether it is going downhill, in deep water or off-road. This car also packs safety features like Side Impact Protection System (SIPS), Airbags & Inflatable cushions (duh!), Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS) and Intelligent Driver Information System (IDIS).
All this might encourage you to drive the car with your feet up or your eyes closed, but do not perform these stunts, even with adult supervision. And if you want to get a detailed description of each of these features, head on to Volvo’s webpage.
Standard electronic gadgets cover a myriad of items, like Cruise Control, Park Assist Camera, Park Assist Front & Rear, Hill Start Assist, Speed Sensitive Power Steering, Rain Sensor, Tyre Pressure monitoring System and a huge navigation panel.
All in all, this is one Volvo, which you must really grab ASAP.
At a time when people are drooling over compact SUV’s and Crossovers in India, Volvo has emerged as the most clever innovator with the new S60 Cross Country.
According to us, the major challenges that will be faced by the S60 Cross Country would be-
One – Although it’s a Luxury Sedan, it doesn’t give you the ultra-luxurious and exclusive look from the exterior like the new C-Class or 3-Series. This is due to the heightened chassis and other design elements of the ‘Cross Country’ variant. These design changes do add functional and practical value to the car, but we feel that an average Indian customer would want a bit more luxurious feel.
Secondly – It is a prestige and a status symbol for someone to buy a car of this price. And the snob value of a Mercedes, BMW or an Audi, is a bit more as compared to that of Volvo in India. This is because Volvo has entered the Indian market fairly late, and there’s a need of educating the people about the quality and elegance of this Swedish brand. Although, Volvo is definitely taking the right steps to be at-par when it comes to the luxury and snob value attached with the brand, but it will take some time for the people to pick it up in India.
But again, a person who isn’t buying a car to show-off in front of his neighbors, and actually cares for his own luxury, practicality and safety; he would definitely go forward with the S60 Cross Country, and we would personally congratulate him for making the right choice!