Volvo has released the S60 Cross Country which is essentially a jacked up version of the S60 sedan. It will be launched in India in 2016.

2015 Volvo S60 Cross Country Front
The front angle is the best one to look at the S60 Cross Country

All over the world, crossovers have gained popularity in recent times. Road conditions have become relatively bad in most countries and hence people are opting for vehicles with a little more ground clearance. This has prompted manufacturers to jack up their existing cars and give them a new name in order to save on cost of developing a new vehicle. The latest brand to join the bandwagon is Volvo. The Swedish automaker launched the S60 Cross Country at the Detroit Auto Show in January and the company plans to bring the vehicle to India next year.

Volvo S60 Cross Country Key Points

  • The most prominent change is the increase in ground clearance with the new variant sitting 65 mm higher than the regular one
  • It comes with all-wheel drive system from the V60, some markets get front-wheel drive option too
  • Exterior changes include honeycomb grille, gloss black mirror covers and Cross Country embossed in the rear skid plate
  • 18-inch and 19-inch alloys with high profile tyres are available improving comfort levels
  • Interiors get sport seats and piano black veneer

Engine options on the Volvo S60 Cross Country are plenty and go from 187 BHP diesel to a 250 BHP petrol. The front-wheel drive variant is equipped with a 2.0-litre diesel engine producing 184 BHP of power and is mated to a manual transmission, returning a claimed mileage of 23.8 km/l. The all-wheel drive D4 variant gets the 2.4-litre five-cylinder diesel engine producing 187 BHP of power. The top of the line T5 variant gets a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine making 250 BHP of power. Soon, the car will go on sale in Europe and the USA. The Volvo S60 Cross Country rivals the BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo.

Volvo S60 Cross Country
The S60 Cross Country is a good attempt by Volvo
2015 Volvo S60 Cross Country Interiors
All black interiors look classy and sporty at the same time
2015 Volvo S60 Cross Country Side
The higher ground clearance doesn’t gel too well with the sedan silhouette
2015 Volvo S60 Cross Country
The area below the window line looks bulky
2015 Volvo S60 Cross Country Rear
Cross Country embossed skid plates look nice