The Volvo S60 Cross Country premiered at the Detroit Motor Show earlier in 2015. It is based on the S60 sedan and gets additional body cladding to make it look sportier. With an increased ride height and an all-wheel-drive option, the four-door sporty sedan will be targeted at adventure seeking buyers. The high ground clearance, 65mm over the standard sedan, makes the car look tall and also provide extra practicality on Indian roads.
The cabin of the S60 Cross Country sports a new dashboard design. The quality material used in the interior is also new. The instrument cluster is dominated by four digital gauges and there is a TFT screen displaying a host of driving aids and trip specific information.
Globally, the S60 Cross Country is offered in a wide range of petrol and diesel powertrain options. There is a 2.4-litre five-cylinder diesel mill in the D5 that churns out 188bhp of power at 4,000rpm and 420Nm of torque at 1,500-3,000rpm. This motor comes mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox sending power to all wheels. There is also a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine in the D4 that produces 178bhp power at 4,250rpm and 400Nm of torque at 1,750-2,500rpm. The petrol mill is a 2.5-litre five-cylinder powerplant delivering 247bhp power at 5,400rpm and 360Nm of torque at 1,800-4,200rpm. It comes paired to a six-speed automatic gearbox and is also offered as an AWD variant.
The Volvo S60 Cross Country will serve as a niche segment in our country. It will cater to the buyers who want a luxury sedan and also would want to take it off-roading occasionally. A price tag of more than Rs 4-5lakh over the standard S60 sedan is still expected to make it a good proposition looking at the additional features offered over the regular sedan.