• Image Credit: Volvo
  • Image Credit: Volvo
  • Image Credit: Volvo
  • Image Credit: Volvo
  • Image Credit: Volvo
  • Image Credit: Volvo
  • Image Credit: Volvo
  • Image Credit: Volvo
Volvo introduced its first Cross Country model way back in 1997. In the two decades since, it's expanded the lineup with beefed-up versions of the V40, V60 and V70, and only plans to continue along that trajectory with more Cross Country models in the future. The one thing we took for granted was that the jacked-up soft-road treatment would only be applied to the Swedish automaker's wagons, but that assumption comes to a grinding halt right here with the announcement of the S60 Cross Country.

Set to be revealed at the Detroit Auto Show just a few days from now, what you see here is Volvo's first Cross Country sedan. Based on the S60 four door, it does away with the longer roof of the new V60 Cross Country, but keeps its 2.5-inch increased ride height and subtle lower body cladding in a combination not seen since Subaru discontinued the Outback sedan (a.k.a. SUS) and a high-riding, sleek-greenhouse form that – dare we say it – starts to remind us a little of the Local Motors Rally Fighter, or maybe the AMC Eagle four-door. Almost... only the Volvo strikes a more elegant shape.

Powering all four of the 18- or 19-inch wheels will be Volvo's T5 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-five packing 250 horsepower. In what strikes us as the jacked-up ride-height of futility (but we're sure that Volvo researched carefully), European markets will also be offered a front-drive version with a 190hp diesel engine, but that will later be joined by a 2.4-liter five-cylinder diesel with all-wheel drive.

What do you think about the S60 CC, has the time finally come for a lifted softroader sedan? Previous efforts in the genre mentioned here haven't sold in large numbers, but Volvo probably doesn't need big volume to make this a profitable model. Will it be a success, or just another curious footnote in automotive history? Have your say in Comments.

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Volvo takes Cross Country brand into sedan territory

- Volvo Cars points to the future with the exciting S60 Cross Country
- A segment first from Volvo Cars
- Builds on a strong heritage of lifestyle-oriented products

Volvo Cars is stepping up to meet the demands of its core customers with the unveiling of the exciting S60 Cross Country at the Detroit Auto Show.

Back in 1997, when Volvo was the first premium brand to introduce an all-road capable variant of its successful wagons, no one could predict the future success of the crossover concept. Today, the crossover is ubiquitous and has helped to define a whole new category of lifestyle vehicle. Volvo is once again taking a bold step forward – this time in the sedan segment – with the unveiling of the S60 Cross Country – the first premium sedan with the same level of capability and rugged design cues of the renowned Cross Country wagons.

"We want to further explore the market with our Cross Country brand. We did this back in 1997 with the V70 Cross Country and it led to the birth of a whole new segment. We have included all the capability-driven benefits of the Cross Country brand in this new model, while offering a completely unique expression of adventure and all-road readiness in a distinctly sporty and stylish package," says Lex Kerssemakers, Senior Vice President Product Strategy and Vehicle Line Management at Volvo Cars.

Capable stance

Like the recently introduced V60 Cross Country, the S60 Cross Country shares an increased ride height of 65mm (2.5 inches) and comes with the same capable All-Wheel Drive underpinnings of its sibling, making it the only truly capable and stylish all-road sedan crossover on the market. The S60 Cross Country will also be delivered with front-wheel drive in Europe and selected markets.

"The S60 Cross Country is the sole contender in the crossover sedan segment. We have identified a clear niche in the market for a more capable sedan with rugged styling cues and a higher stance. The S60 Cross Country will appeal to people that are searching for an exciting and capable sedan, whilst enjoying the clear benefits that a crossover offers," says Alain Visser, Senior Vice President Sales, Marketing and Customer Service.

Reflecting Volvo's love of nature and Scandinavian heritage, the S60 Cross Country offers both 18" and 19" wheels with high profile tyres that add both comfort and all-road aesthetics, reduce road noise, and add increased wheel protection when needed.

Delivering an involved and focused driving experience with rugged substance, this dynamic design brings a sporty, unconventional and adventurous edge to the sedan concept.

Powertrain

The S60 Cross Country will launch with a full powertrain program, ranging from a powerful T5 All-Wheel Drive gasoline powertrain delivering up to 250 bhp* available in the US, Canada, Russia and Europe, to the Front-Wheel Drive 190 hp diesel D4, based on Volvo's class-leading Drive-E powertrain architecture, offering a no-compromise blend of efficiency and performance in European markets. A diesel All-Wheel Drive D4 will also be launched based on the proven 2.4l 5-cylinder diesel engine. The S60 Cross Country is expected to be available to order by early summer.


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