Volvo's rugged estates (or station wagons) have always had a special appeal. They’re versatile crossovers that you can take on a classy night out, then bring out of town the next morning. Even light dirt trails are no problem for these Swedes.
The latest in this line of capable wagons is the Volvo V40 Cross Country. This has been locally available since last year in our market, costing P2,795,000 for the diesel D4 variant.
Now, a powertrain upgrade has been made available abroad for the V40 Cross Country, in the form of an all-wheel drive system. This is a perfect complement to the Cross Country's already rugged stance, allowing the Volvo to be more adaptable in rough terrain.
Along with the AWD system, the V40 Cross Country also gets the powerful T5 engine that first appeared on the regular V40 model. This turbocharged mill puts out 245hp and 350Nm, and when matched with the eight-speed automatic transmission, makes the Volvo wagon a smooth cruiser on the highway.
Rounding out the powertrain upgrades are new 19-inch Damara alloy wheels with gray diamond-cut rims. These offer extra comfort and off-road capability, as well as less noise and added rim protection.
No word yet from Volvo’s Philippine distributor as to when the V40 Cross Country AWD variant is coming here, but we'll keep an eye out for its arrival.