It has been almost 20 years since the very first Volvo Cross Country (XC) model was introduced. That was the XC70, a station wagon that had the off-road capability of a mountain goat. It allowed owners to go off the beaten track yet still feel safe, knowing that they were in a car that was as solid as a bank vault.
Fast forward to today and Volvo continues this tradition with the unveiling of the all-new V90 Cross Country. As the name suggests, it is the stately V90 wagon with a bit more capability. It’s got 60mm more ground clearance than your regular 90-series wagon. Volvo engineers have reinforced the chassis members to ensure that the car can tackle even the harshest terrain.
But while the V90 Cross Country can go off-road, Swedish designers and engineers made sure that it's still as comfortable as any Volvo. This is ensured by the specially designed tires that are softer on the behind yet still able to tread over snow and forest. Speaking of forests, it is no secret that Sweden is made up of roughly 77% of forest-like terrain. This is why it is natural that its largest carmaker came up with a line of vehicles that can hack it in these conditions. And with testing done in both -40-degree cold and scorching desert heat, we’re quite sure that what most owners throw at it will merely be a walk in the park for the new model.
Thanks to the Scalable Product Architecture, the V90 Cross Country is as posh as its S90 and V90 siblings, yet still as capable as the XC90, the XC70, and other Cross Country models. Plus, the Drive-E engines give it the pep and fuel efficiency that many owners have come to expect from the beloved luxury brand.