Volvo V60 gets Cross


29 September 2018

VOLVO has unveiled a pumped-up version of its V60 estate model, which rides higher over rough terrain and comes with enhanced off-road capability.

Not exactly a go-anywhere vehicle like a full-blown SUV, it is more capable in that department than the standard V60 version upon which it is based nonetheless.

It rides higher off the ground by 75mm, just like the rival Audi Allroad and Volkswagen Alltrack models.

To give it a more muscular appearance there is a similar grille to that of the larger V90 Cross Country, plus bulging body parts including wheel arch extensions.

Power comes courtesy of Volvo’s two-litre diesel engine with a power output of 187bhp and pulling power of 400Nm, which is more than adequate to haul a horsebox, especially with the benefit of four wheel drive.

The Swedish company says that a mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid will follow in due course.

As is the Volvo way, safety is high on the agenda, which includes its City Safety system that automatically avoids crashing into living creatures including humans.

All-wheel drive is standard, together with Hill Descent Control, Electronic Stability Control, Corner Traction Control and a special Off-Road driving mode.

The Pilot Assist system supports the driver with steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads up to 80mph. Run-off Road Mitigation, Oncoming Lane Mitigation and other steering assistance systems are also standard. The optional Cross Traffic Alert with autobrake further enhances safety.

Volvo’s Sensus Connect infotainment system is fully compatible with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and 4G, and keeps drivers connected regardless of whether they travel in urban areas or across the countryside.

The new V60 Cross Country is also available through Care by Volvo, which is the company’s premium service that offers car access rather than ownership via a fixed monthly amount. 

Full pricing and specification details will be announced soon, although an entry price of about £40,000 is envisaged.

 

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