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.