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2019 Volvo V60 Cross Country Revealed

The 2019 Volvo V60 Cross Country has been revealed ahead of its debut in Europe, with the car maker promising it boasts on- and ‘off-road’ ability…

The 2019 Volvo Cross Country has been revealed with the brand suggesting that if its V60 represents the urban environment then the V60 Cross Country is all about the countryside – just to state the bleeding obvious.

“With the new V60 Cross Country, we take our Swedish family estate from one natural habitat to another,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President and Chief Executive of Volvo Cars. “We invented the Cross Country segment over 20 years ago, and with this car we reinforce our long-standing pedigree in safe, capable and versatile family cars.”

The new V60 Cross Country rides 75mm higher than the regular V60 (??mm all up) with all-wheel drive as standard as well as Hill Descent Control, Electronic Stability Control, Corner Traction Control “and a special Off-Road driving mode” which we’d suggest is something like Subaru’s X-Mode function rather than, say, Land Rover’s Terrain Response system.

Like other new Volvos, the XC60 is built on the brand’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform and gets the same safety suite and infotainment system as the V60.

“The V60 Cross Country is every bit as refined as the other 60 and 90 series cars based on our SPA platform,” said Henrik Green, Senior Vice President of Research and Development at Volvo Cars. “The added versatility makes it at home in town and country, thanks to a higher seating position, increased ground clearance and dynamic all-wheel-drive capabilities.” 

The XC60 features, as standard, Volvo’s City Safety with Autobrake, this system is able to recognise pedestrians, cyclists and even animals with some testing for it carried out in Australia with the brand researching the road-side behaviour of kangaroos.

The safety stuff is expected of a Volvo but the brand is pushing into the new economy byt offering owners the chance to have ‘car access’ rather than ownership by simply paying a fixed amount of money each month.

There’s no word yet on when the XC60 Cross Country will arrive in Australia or with what engines it’ll be available but we expect an announcement soon.


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Isaac Bober

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