We already know that Volvo has started importing the V40 Cross Country for India launch. The spy picture of the red MPV has been on the internet for over a month. Now Indianautosblog has revealed few more details of this soon to be launched car.
The report suggests that Volvo will launch the V40 Cross Country by mid-2013. The first few examples will be displayed at the Volvo showrooms across India, till the car completes homologation procedure. The Volvo V40 Cross Country is sort of an entry-level compact crossover – one that will compete with the BMW X1 and the Audi Q3. Also since it is a Volvo, it will also be a bit more affordable than its German rivals.
The Cross Country is a toughened up version of the V40 hatchback with 40mm additional ground clearance. The looks of the car are also altered a bit to make it look a bit more rugged. The crossover gets bigger alloy-wheels with chunky tyres, body claddings, roof rails, skid plate and blackened rear view mirrors.
The five-seater Cross Country comes with 40/60 folding rear seats for extra space. It is equipped with safety features like pedestrian detection, auto braking and city safety which have won the Euro NCAP Advanced Award. The V40 Cross Country is equipped with AWD and hill descent control for decent off-roading capabilities.
The European spec versions of the crossover are available with four diesel engine options in the range of 1.6-litres to 2.5-litres with varying outputs. However, in India we are expecting just the 1.6-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel engine options.
The petrol engine is a turbocharged unit producing 180bhp and 240Nm of torque. The oilburner is also turbocharged unit developing 177bhp and 400Nm of torque. Both the engines will be mated to six-speed automatic gearbox; unfortunately we might not get the AWD variants in India.