2015 Volvo V60 Cross Country makes its debut, will be shown at the 2014 LA Auto Show

Article by Christian A., on November 7, 2014

Volvo Cars has finally taken the wraps off the new Volvo V60 Cross Country at the 2014 Los Angeles Motor Show. Lex Kerssemakers, Senior Vice President Product Strategy and Vehicle Line Management at Volvo Cars, remarked that the V60 Cross Country – the third Cross Country model in its product portfolio -- blends dynamic styling and rugged capability to become a class of its own,

Since its launch, the Volvo V60 has been one of the carmaker’s top three best-sellers in the United Kingdom. Volvo refreshed the V60 in 2013 by giving the model new front and rear ends as well as an array of feature updates. The carmaker plans to make the V60 more appealing by the end of 2014, it will be fitted with a new Drive-E engine, a 2.0 liter, four-cylinder, D4 diesel engine that delivers 181hp of output.

Volvo will commence sales of the V60 Cross Country in the UK in D3 FWD, D4 FWD and D4 AWD variants. The carmaker will disclose the prices and accept orders in the first quarter of 2015. Production of UK-bound V60 Cross Country will start in May with deliveries set to commence in late June.

The Cross Country brand boasts of a long, distinguished heritage. It also started in 1997 with the V70 Cross Country, which boasts of high levels of all-road capability and styling. This marked the start of a whole new type of car experience that has managed to capture the imagination of the driving public.

Now, the V60 Cross Country brings the best of world as it offers a sporty, yet comfortable driving experience as combined with the freedom to explore further. At the same time, it reflects the carmaker’s Scandinavian heritage as well as the love of nature and adventure,

Kerssemakers remarked that thanks to a ground clearance that is 65-mm higher than on the V60, its sturdy construction, as well as torque vectoring technology and corner traction control, the V60 Cross Country delivers unmatched control both on and off the road, while offering improved levels of sporty driving experience. He called the new V60 Cross Country as a real getaway car that allows for an adventurous lifestyle in pure rugged form.

The new V60 Cross Country rides on new Cross Country 18- and 19-inch wheels shod in extra wheel protection and lower road noise.

The Cross Country concept revolves on its rugged design and go-anywhere capability, catering to active customers who love tackling dirt roads more than paved ones. This attribute is properly communicated through a number of explicit design cues that also make the new V60 Cross Country more adventurous in nature.

Thanks to its higher ground clearance, side scuff plates, bumper extenders and skid plates on the front and rear, the new V60 Cross Country delivers a daunting muscular presence that highlights its capability. Its integrated tailpipes, meanwhile, betray the vehicle’s sporty dark side. Inside, the new V60 Cross Country features sports seats in black leather with characteristic brown stitching. Two new two-tone leather upholsteries will also be available.

Two available front-wheel drive variants of the V60 Cross Country will be powered by the carmaker’s new Drive-E four-cylinder diesel engines. The All-Wheel Drive variant, on the other hand, will be powered by the proven five-cylinder D4 powertrain.

Press Release

Volvo Cars reveals new V60 Cross Country

Volvo Cars unveils the long-awaited Cross Country version of its successful V60 sports wagon at the 2014 LA Motor Show this week.

“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.

In the UK, the Volvo V60 has continually been in the top 3 of the sales charts for Volvo since its launch. The V60 was refreshed in 2013 with a new front and rear, along with a host of feature updates. To further extend the appeal of the V60, at the end of 2014, the V60 received a brand new Drive-E engine from Volvo’s own in-house designed and built engine platform, the 181hp, 2.0 litre, 4-cylinder, D4 diesel.

The V60 Cross Country will be offered in the UK with the D3 FWD, D4 FWD and D4 AWD. Prices and specification will be announced and orders will be able to be placed during quarter 1 of 2015. Production will commence for UK placed orders in May and deliveries are expected to start from late June.

Heritage
The Cross Country brand has a long and distinguished heritage. Volvo Cars was the first premium brand to offer increased all-road capability and styling on its estates as far back as 1997 when it introduced the V70 Cross Country, creating a whole new type of car experience that has since captured the imagination of the motoring public.

Reflecting Volvo’s Scandinavian heritage and love of nature and adventure, the V60 Cross Country brings together the best of both worlds – a sporty, connected yet comfortable driving experience with the freedom to explore new horizons.

Sporty capability
“With ground clearance increased by 65mm 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.

Offering new Cross Country 18” and 19” wheels (tbc for the UK), the V60 Cross Country comes with high profile tyres, adding comfort and off-road aesthetics, reducing road noise and providing added wheel protection.

Rugged individualist design
Central to the Cross Country concept is the expression of go-anywhere capability and rugged design. It caters to those who have an active lifestyle, favouring the dirt road over the paved, handling either with ease. This is manifested in the V60 Cross Country through explicit design cues that heighten the adventurous nature of the car. With increased ground clearance, skid plates front and rear, side scuff plates and bumper extenders, the V60 Cross Country conveys an imposing, muscular presence that underlies its capable nature, while integrated tailpipes reflect its sporty dark side. To complement the capable exterior styling, sports seats in black leather with distinctive brown stitching, plus two new two-tone leather upholsteries will be offered (tbc for the UK).

Diesel powertrains
Volvo’s new class-leading Drive-E four-cylinder diesel engines, which will be available in the V60 Cross Country, will be the base for the two Front-Wheel Drive variants available. The proven five-cylinder D4 powertrain will provide the power for the All-Wheel Drive variant.

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