Volvo surprises with a new reveal for Detroit–meet the S60 Cross Country

Rather unexpectedly, Volvo decided to hop on the reveal train for the 2015 Detroit Auto Show next week to bring us a new model.

Meet the 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country and fans of the Swede would easily point out that this new S60 Cross Country is basically an S60 with Volvo’s typical Cross Country treatment.

This means an increased ride height and all-wheel drive for more soft-road capabilities. Quite specifically, the ride height jumps up by 2.5-inches while the lower portions of the body panels receive some new plastic under-cladding to protect the body from any off-road terrain hazards.

Usually, Volvo tends to reserve its Cross Country treatment for their wagons and crossovers and this S60 is a first of its kind.

Power is provided by Volvo’s newly updated T5 2.5L turbocharged inline-five with 250hp.

For full details, check out the press release below.

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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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Chris Chin

Chris Chin is the Editor-In-Chief of egmCarTech and is a regular contributor to Automobile Magazine.

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