Volvo’s new mid-size luxury wagon, the V90, has already won us over.
It combines powerful and efficient powertrains with good looks and safety. Our only recommendation would be a sportier chassis tune, though there’s always Polestar for that.
Soon, the V90 will spawn a more rugged variant dubbed the V90 Cross Country.
We’ve already spied the vehicle in prototype form and now Volvo confirmed the reveal will take place in mid-September, along with giving us a glimpse of the front end in this first teaser video.
Volvo V60 Cross CountryEnlarge Photo
The V90 Cross Country is the spiritual successor to the XC70 and V70 XC before that. No details have been released but from the prototypes we know the vehicle will have a raised ride height, roof racks and underbody protection. The current V60 Cross Country (above) hints at what’s to come.
Volvo says all upgrades made to its Cross Country vehicles are functional. The original concept came about when Volvo decided to build a vehicle that could handle some of the tough conditions drivers often face in its native Sweden, such as muddy tracks and knee-deep snow.
Powertrains will be borrowed from the regular V90, which features a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 in T5 trim; a supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 in T6 trim; and a supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 working with an electric motor in a range-topping T8 Twin Engine. All-wheel drive should be standard.
Look for the V90 Cross Country to go on sale in the United States in 2017, as a 2018 model. Potential rivals include Audi’s A4 and A6 Allroad, as well as the Subaru Outback.