2019 Volvo V60 Cross Country Preview

Christian Wardlaw | Sep 29, 2018
FAST FACTS
  • Based on redesigned V60 wagon
  • Standard turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, all-wheel drive
  • Improved ground clearance by almost 3 ins.
  • Body cladding for protection and rugged appearance
  • Hill-descent control and an off-road driving mode
  • Up to 50.9 cu. ft. of cargo space, plus accessories for carrying items on the roof
  • Tablet-style infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Available navigation, premium sound system, digital instrumentation
  • Standard City Safety with Autobrake technology
  • Available Pilot Assist system, blind-spot monitoring, and cross-traffic alert systems
  • Offered via purchase, lease, or Care by Volvo subscription program

Introduction

Back in the mid-1990s, Volvo wasn’t far behind Subaru in recognizing the potential for station wagons fitted with SUV drivetrain and design details. And both companies trailed AMC’s Eagle in lifting, cladding, and all-wheel-driving a passenger car for use off the pavement.

Subaru leveraged this approach to maximum effect, riding a decades-long surge in sales. Volvo pursued SUVs instead, applying its original Cross Country “XC” nomenclature to a trio of utilities: XC40, XC60, and XC90.

2019 Volvo V60 Cross Country
2019 Volvo V60 Cross Country

Today, Volvo has revived its original wagon-based philosophy, and the redesigned 2019 V60 Cross Country is the latest member of the family. Based on the V60 wagon, the V60 Cross Country features a more rugged look, raised suspension, all-wheel drive (AWD), and technology that helps it travel where regular cars can’t go.

Additionally, the V60 Cross Country is the latest model available through the Care by Volvo vehicle subscription program. You pay one monthly fee, and Volvo includes the car, insurance, maintenance, and more. After the first year, you can even switch into a different V60 Cross Country if you’d like.

Exterior Features

Modern Volvos are handsome vehicles, and the V60 Cross Country is no exception.

Gray cladding covers fender wells and the lower edges of the car, protruding from the bodywork in order to serve genuine protective purpose. The Cross Country also gets a special grille design to differentiate it from the V60 wagon, and sits on unique aluminum wheels.

Volvo will offer various roof racks and accessories for carrying larger items and extra cargo on the V60 Cross Country owners’ adventures.

Interior Features

A Scandinavian design philosophy permeates the V60 Cross Country’s cabin. People familiar with modern Volvos will instantly recognize the appearance, layout, and materials used. Expect several color choices for the leather seats, and a textile upholstery that is currently available in the V60 wagon.

Technically, the V60 Cross Country seats 5 people. It also carries up to 23.2 cu. ft. of cargo behind the rear seat and as much as 50.9 cu. ft. with the rear seat folded down. Those numbers are not generous, which might be why many of Volvo’s official photographs of the car depict a large roof box accessory.

Under the Hood

Volvo says the new V60 Cross Country will initially be available in T5 specification, which denotes a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that generates 250 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque in other Volvo models. It is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and features standard AWD.

To ensure light off-roading capability, the V60 Cross Country adds almost 3 inches of extra ground clearance compared to the V60 wagon, bringing the total to nearly 8.4 ins. An Off-Road driving program enhances the car’s capability on rugged terrain, and a hill-descent control system assists the driver when traveling down steep slopes.

Hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions are also planned, according to Volvo, but the company did not discuss whether its T6-badged turbocharged and supercharged 4-cylinder engine would be offered in the V60 Cross Country.

Safety

Volvo is, and always has been, concerned for the safety of people driving and riding in its vehicles. This extends to the new V60 range, which is engineered for optimum protection in a crash.

Standard equipment includes City Safety with Autobrake. This forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking system is able to identify potential obstacles and bring the car to a stop or reduce speed prior to impact. It also recognizes pedestrians, cyclists, and large animals that might be in the road ahead of the car.

Pilot Assist is an optional upgrade, supplying semi-autonomous driving assistance at speeds up to 80 mph. It is an adaptive cruise control system with stop-and-go capability, automatically maintaining proper following distance to the vehicle ahead while keeping the V60 Cross Country centered in its lane.

Additionally, the V60 Cross Country is available with blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert with Autobrake, and steering-assistance systems designed to prevent the car from departing the road and to avoid oncoming vehicles that may wander into the Volvo’s path.

Technology

Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system is oriented vertically on the V60 Cross Country’s dashboard. It looks like a smartphone or tablet computer and works in a similar fashion. That makes it easy and intuitive to use when the car is motionless, but distracting when the car is moving.

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot are standard. Buyers can upgrade the system with navigation and a premium sound system. Volvo is also likely to offer V60 extras on the Cross Country, such as digital instrumentation, head-up display, and a 360-degree surround-view camera system.

 

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