Volvo made a sedan with occasional off-roading capabilities giving customers a taste of both worlds with the help of S60 Cross Country. Reports suggest that the car will make its India debut early next year. The company has already imported a model in the country for testing and homologation purposes.
The Cross Country version sits 65mm higher than the normal S60 and importantly gets an all wheel drive system. The vehicle imported has the D5, 2.4L, 5-cylinder diesel engine that makes around 188 BHP @ 4,000 rpm and 420 Nm of torque @ 1,500 – 3,000 rpm. Power is transmitted to all four wheels through a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The S60 Cross Country is also available with a D4, 2.0L, 4-cylinder diesel engine that makes 188 BHP @ 4,250 rpm and 400 Nm of torque @ 1,750 – 2,500 rpm.
Volvo offers S60 Cross Country with a 2.5L, 5-cylinder turbo-petrol engine that makes 247 BHP @ 5,400 rpm and 360 Nm of torque @ 1,800 – 4,200 rpm with the power being sent to all four wheels through a 6-speed automatic gearbox but it is unlikely to be launched soon.
Visually, the Cross Country immediately stands out from the S60 thanks to design cues like a model-specific grille with honeycomb inserts, light gray trim on the bottom of both bumpers, black plastic cladding over the wheel arches, new side skirts as well as 18-inch wheels. The alloys are wrapped by tall-profile all-season tires, the kind more commonly found on crossovers and SUVs.
The BMW X6 can be seen as a rival but just in terms of the looks. The cars are offered at completely different price points. Just like the X6, S60 Cross Country might have to face polarizing views. The market for such cars is very niche with people having quirky taste going for the unconventional looking models. The Volvo S60 Cross Country will come at a premium of 4-5 lakh over the traditional S60.