Ever since Volvo revealed its stunning new V60 wagon earlier this year, we've been wondering if there would be a lifted, off-road focused "Cross Country" version, as is the case with the larger V90. Well, our question has been answered. Meet the 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country.
The V60 Cross Country is based on the normal V60, but its ground clearance has been increased by 2.95 inches, while the suspension and chassis have been retuned to handle the rigors of (light) off-road driving. All-wheel drive comes standard, as does hill-descent control and a special off-road driving mode. Like the base V60, the V60 Cross Country is based on Volvo's modular SPA platform, which underpins all of the company's new cars save the XC40. For those worried a higher ride height and more body cladding would ruin the V60 experience, Volvo R&D head Henrik Green promised otherwise.
"The V60 Cross Country is every bit as refined as the other 60- and 90-Series cars based on our SPA platform," Green said in a statement.
Like every other car in Volvo's lineup, it comes standard with a bunch of sweet safety features. Its optional "Pilot Assist" system reads road markings to support steering, acceleration, and braking inputs up to 80 mph. Volvo claims its standard automatic emergency braking feature is "the only system on the market to help recognize pedestrians, cyclists and large animals."
The 2020 V60 Cross Country will launch in the US as a T5 model, and while power and torque figures haven't been announced yet, the mechanically similar XC60 T5 offers 250 hp and 258 lb-ft from it's 2.0-liter turbocharged four. It's safe to expect the same figures for the V60 Cross Country. Mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions will be available here, too, at a later date.
In addition to traditional purchasing, the car will be available through Volvo's "Care by Volvo" subscription service, which gives drivers access to a vehicle through a monthly flat fee that includes maintenance and insurance. Pricing has yet to be revealed.
We can't wait to see this thing at national parks everywhere.