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Volvo goes Cross Country again in Europe

New-generation Volvo V60 Cross Country under consideration for Australia

26 Sep 2018

VOLVO Cars has unveiled the latest generation of its trail-focussed V60 Cross Country wagon, continuing the line that started with the all-wheel-drive V70 Cross Country two decades ago.
Now based on the Volvo’s modular Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) and sharing the flagship V90 Cross Country’s all-wheel-drive system, the high-riding V60 Cross Country is yet to be locked in for Australian sale.
If it comes, it will follow the standard version of the new V60 wagon that is expected to roll into local showrooms about the third quarter of 2019, slotting between the small V40 Cross Country and large V90 Cross Country.
It will have to compete for sales against Volvo’s top-selling model, the XC60 SUV that shares a lot of the Cross Country underpinnings.
Volvo Car Australia is already fresh out of V60 stock of all descriptions – including the current Cross Country – with only a handful of cars remaining in dealerships.
The V60 Cross Country has been sold in T5 petrol and D4 diesel guises in Australia, with both offered with Luxury trim at $60,990 plus on-road costs.
In Europe, the new model will be launched with a similar choice of powertrains, but Volvo has promised mild-hybrid and plug-in-hybrid variants at a later date.
Volvo Cars president and chief executive officer Håkan Samuelsson said Volvo had invented the cross country segment 20 years ago.
“With this car, we reinforce our long-standing pedigree in safe, capable and versatile family cars,” he said.
The V60 Cross Country rides 75mm higher than the regular wagon, sitting on suspension designed to enhance the vehicle’s off-road ability.
Apart from all-wheel drive, the Cross Country gets hill-descent control and a special off-road driving mode to aid traction and versatility.
Exterior touches include the familiar black plastic on wheelarch trims, bumpers and side sills, plus a revised grille similar to that of the bigger V90 Cross Country that, in Australia, is priced at $101,400 plus on-road costs.
Apart from that, the Cross Country is nearly identical to the conventional V60 that is now being rolled out in Europe. It boats 529 litres of cargo space behind the rear hatch.
Volvo boasts that the Cross Country will be one of the safest vehicles on the road, coming with a comprehensive suite of Volvo safety technologies as standard equipment.
These include autonomous braking that not only recognises other vehicles but also pedestrians, cyclists and large animals.
The Pilot Assist system combines lane-keep assist with adaptive cruise control to keep the Cross Country on the straight and narrow at up to 130km/h on well-marked roads.
For some reason, Volvo has chosen to make the auto-braking function on cross traffic alert optional on Cross Country.
Inside, the Cross Country gains Volvo’s big tablet-style touch screen armed with its Sensus Connect infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and 4G connectivity.
In Australia, Volvo has sold 23 V60 Cross Countrys this year, about half the 45 units it sold in the first eight months of 2017.
These numbers are tiny compared with the sales figures for the in-demand XC60, which has achieved 1832 sales in the year to date, up 46.4 per cent on the corresponding period last year.
In Australia, the V60 Cross Country’s natural rivals include Audi’s A4 Allroad that is also available in four-cylinder petrol and diesel variants from $71,800, along with the diesel-only Volkswagen Passat Alltrack from $51,290.

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