The Volvo V90 Cross Country is the brawny cousin of Scandinavia’s favourite estate and will arrive in India late next year.
The classic Volvo estate is now more muscular and ready to embrace the outback lifestyle. Welcome everyone to the 2016 unveil of the Volvo V90 Cross Country that will soon grace Indian roads as well. Volvo just launched their flagship XC90 T8 Excellence on our shores and we are thoroughly pleased with the Swedes.
The new V90 Cross Country is built on the same underpinnings of the latest generation XC90. A fifth-gen Borg Warner AWD system transmits power onto the road. The Cross Country also features subsequently larger wheels – 20 inches to be precise. They run on high-profile all weather Pirellis.
The design elements are unmistakably Swedish. The classic estate silhouette sits taller, thanks to a revamped and longer travel suspension that should keep the ride plush and smooth on almost any drivable surface. The Thor headlamps are a delight and give the V90 CC a sophisticated demeanour.
The V90 Cross Country gets protective cladding on the wheel arches and skid plates to give that rugged look and functionality. With all these subtle elements in play, the V90 Cross Country evolves from a classic and elegant sedan to a proper go-anywhere outback road car with a Swedish flair.
Powering the V90 Cross Country would be the same supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-litre T6 4-pot motor that makes an appearance in almost the entire Volvo range. The engine produces a massive 316 HP and 400 Nm of torque. An eight-speed automatic gearbox is responsible for transferring power to the AWD setup.
Volvo may also possibly introduce the T8 hybrid drivetrain, that is already available on the XC90. That means 407 HP and 640 Nm of torque along with reduced emissions. Volvo also made a staggering statement saying they won’t be offering engines with more than 4 cylinders on any of their models. A testament to their commitment to the future.
The V90 Cross Country carves a niche category for itself. It will offer the best of both worlds in a sexy package. It should hit showrooms in Europe early next year. For us, the wait would be much longer and late 2017 would be a fair assumption. We expect Volvo to price it somewhere in between the S90 and the XC90 at Rs 65 – 70 lakh ex-showroom.