2015 Volvo V60 Cross Country prototype (Image via Autoblog.nl)Enlarge Photo
A Volvo prototype spotted in Spain suggests the Swedish automaker is about to expand its lineup with a new V60 Cross Country soft-roader. Volvo currently sells a Cross Country version of its V40 compact overseas, and it’s likely the new V60 Cross Country will also remain out of bounds for U.S. buyers due to the potential cannibalization of sales of the XC70.
If you look closely at the photo, the prototype has a taller ride height than the regular V60. We can also see protective molding in black located around the wheel arches, similar to that used on the V40 Cross Country, and at the front and rear of the vehicle there appear to be skid plates.
Similar in concept to the Subaru Outback and Audi A4 Allroad, the V60 Cross Country would be aimed at urban families that occasionally like to visit the great outdoors. Standard all-wheel drive is a given, and a badge on the rear of this prototype shows that it is based on the V60’s T5 variant, suggesting its packing Volvo’s older five-cylinder engine with 250 horsepower on tap.
Considering the prototype is undisguised, the official reveal can’t be far. In the meantime, head over to Dutch website Autoblog.nl for more photos of the prototype.