The Cross Country range offered by Volvo for the best part of two decades has always been the standard when it comes to rugged family vehicles. Audi tried it with the Allroad but fell short of the mark. Rover tried it with the Streetwise – the less said about that, the better. Oh, and of course, there’s the Subaru Forester. Which is nice. If you’re a farmer. If you want explore the wilderness successfully, it’s always been the Cross Country. And that remains the case, thanks to the V90 version.
The Cross Country range was originally created to serve the Swedish market. Covered in snow and ice, drivers need the support of a rugged vehicle on a year-round basis. But they don’t want to be forced into something rugged and agricultural. Hence the Cross Country. All the comforts of Sweden’s finest export, with plenty of ‘off the beaten track’ ability, too. Perfect.
Global appeal – Volvo V90 Cross Country
Of course, the appeal stretches further than Kuttainen (it’s a real place, trust us). The rest of the world wanted the Cross Country, and Volvo happily obliged. We’re thankful, too. As what we now have is the most capable, well-balanced and safe family cars in the world. Thanks Volvo, you’re alright!
The new V90 might be built for the harshest of environments – it’s been developed and tested in searing desert settings, along with -40 degrees Celsius scenarios in Sweden – but that hasn’t come at the cost of comfort. Volvo represents luxury motoring, so leather, a whole host of toys and acres of space all feature here.
In terms of mechanical spec, we know the Volvo V90 Cross Country will be all-wheel drive and will feature a lift of the suspension. As for power, we suspect it will share the petrol and diesel options available in the current V90. Externally, however, things will be different…
More than just looks
“Designing a Volvo Cross Country is not a styling exercise, a plastic job. It is based on honest capability. The Volvo V90 Cross Country brings a surprising and intriguing combination of a strong, powerful exterior and a luxurious, Scandinavian interior. It will continue the genuine tradition of the Volvo Cross Country with a new recipe: the blend of powerful off-road capability in a most elegant, sophisticated, tailored wagon suit,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President Design at Volvo Cars.
“Our cars are well known for their safety, strength and durability. With All-Wheel Drive, increased ride height and a chassis optimised for comfort and control in all weather and road conditions, the new V90 Cross Country takes our versatile V90 estate and adds the heart of an explorer,” said Dr Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research & Development at Volvo Cars.
It all sounds very exciting and we at Onlymotors can’t wait to adventuring in one. We’ll have to wait though, as it won’t be hitting UK soil until the first quarter of 2017. Still, that give us all plenty of time to plan our adventures!