If you want the space of the V90 and the higher ride from the XC90, the Cross Country is a great compromise.
Volvo’s new V90 Cross Country is likely just a few weeks away from a public debut at the Paris Motor Show at the beginning of October, and the Swedish automaker is teasing the taller wagon once again ahead of the premiere. This time the vehicle is under a sheet, but you don’t need to do much guesswork to figure out what it looks like under there.
The Cross Country offers customers a step between the V90 and XC90 crossover. We expect it to use the wagon’s body but with the addition of protective cladding around the lower edges. A higher ride height and standard all-wheel drive should give drivers a little more confidence when dealing with inclement weather, too. The Swedish automaker sums up these abilities as "a capable yet comfortable driving experience."
Expect the engine range to come from the V90. For Europe, that will mean a mix of gasoline- and diesel-fueled engines. Volvo will also bring the Cross Country to North America where it will likely get the T5 and T6 varieties of Volvo’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder. The plug-in hybrid T8 will possibly join the lineup after the launch, too.
In the United States and Canada, the Cross Country will already have several rivals on the market at launch. The Subaru Outback will offer customers a model with a similar promise of light off-road capability, and its base price of $27,995 after destination for the 2017 model year will probably be cheaper than the Volvo. Starting at $47,600, the Audi Allroad will offer high-tech amenities like the option of the German brand’s Virtual Cockpit digital instrument panel. Volkswagen will also have the Golf Alltrack and Golf SportWagen with all-wheel drive. While this pair won’t be quite as big as the others, they’ll still be vying for a little of the Cross Country’s turf.