Fifteen years ago, Volvo gave birth to a segment that featured a luxurious midsize station wagon with an all-wheel drivetrain and the ground clearance to go with it. That car was the V70 Cross Country, or the XC70, which is how it was known in the Philippines.
Today, Volvo has introduced a similar vehicle for the premium compact car category by bringing the "unique blend of capable ruggedness and expressive elegance" to the V40 hatchback to create the V40 Cross Country.
"The new V40 Cross Country is built on the heritage that started with the V70 Cross Country back in 1997," said Lex Kerssemakers, senior vice president for product strategy and vehicle line management at Volvo Car Corporation. "It is designed for those who want a sense of adventure in their everyday life. And when you want a break from the city, it is capable enough to take you and your gear to your favorite adventure and back. However, you still need to climb the mountain yourself."
A number of features and details mark the difference between the V40 Cross Country and the standard V40, namely, the contrasting front and rear bumper and sills; integrated skid plate; honeycomb mesh grille; upright daytime running lights; anodized, high-gloss black frame around the greenhouse; black rearview mirror housings; and sleek roof rails.
Inside, the V40 Cross Country is the same as the standard V40 down to the two-piece, 40/60-split, foldable rear seat. Its front passenger seat can also be forwarded to create more space. The V40 Cross Country's cargo area can also be equipped with a versatile 'extra floor' that has integrated hooks for bags in addition to the two permanent hooks.
The V40 Cross Country is available as five variants with seven engine choices. The 2.5-liter T5 has an output of 254hp and 400Nm of torque, with an additional 40Nm overboost, while the 2.0-liter T5 puts out 213hp and 300Nm. The T4 comes with either a 2.0-liter engine that produces 180hp and 300Nm, or the 1.6-liter model that makes 180hp and 270Nm. All T5 models come with a six-speed automatic gearbox, while the T4 is available with either a six-speed Powershift transmission or a six-speed manual gearbox.
The diesel-fed models, meanwhile, are the 2.0-liter D4 that delivers 177hp and 400Nm of torque; the 2.0-liter D3 that produces 150hp and 350Nm; and the 1.6-liter D2 that puts out 115hp and 285Nm. Both the D4 and D3 turbodiesels are available with either a six-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual gearbox, while the D2 comes only with a a six-speed manual stick shift.
According to Volvo, all engine versions come with an automatic start/stop and brake-energy regeneration systems.