2019 Volvo V60 Cross Country revealed

September 26, 2018

Sure to fulfil the increasing demand of SUVs and crossovers, this is the 2019 Volvo V60 Cross Country. It’s back. And this one is all new but it still carries the company’s long-held tradition of blending go-anywhere practicality with refined Swedish luxury.

The new V60 Cross Country is based on the new V60, and as such is underpinned by Volvo’s latest Scalable Product Architecture like the S90, XC90 and XC60. However, unlike the regular V60, the Cross Country has been heavily revised to help provide a degree of off-road driving ability.

For starters, the ground clearance is raised by 75mm compared with the regular V60. This obviously helps drivers clear rough terrain and protruding objects. Some changes have also been made to the chassis and suspension to enhance the all-terrain capability.

Technology is boosted, with hill descent control, corner traction control, electronic stability control, and a special off-road driving mode to prepare these systems for off-road excursions. All-wheel drive is also standard to ensure maximum traction.

To help set the Cross Country apart from the V60, visually, the wheel arches are bolstered with black plastic cladding. These are essentially the first contact points when driving through narrow bush tracks and are more scratch-resistant than the painted bodywork. These’s also unique alloy wheels and different tyres to cope with varying surfaces.

Like the regular V60, the new Cross Country is filled with all of Volvo’s latest and greatest gear. Passengers can browse around the large tablet-like touch-screen media interface. It packs in Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, with 4G connectivity. Pilot Assist is also available for the driver, bringing in autonomous-like cruise control with automated steering.

From launch the 2019 Volvo V60 Cross Country will be available with the D4 powertrain, consisting of a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel producing 140kW and 400Nm. It’s unknown at this stage if the new model will be offered in Australia, but we’ll keep you updated.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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