The Volvo V90 Cross Country is confirmed to go on-sale in India by the end of this-month, with a expected price ranging in between Rs. 60 lakh and Rs. 65 lakh (ex-showroom). Well ahead of the V90 Cross Country’s market launch, the company has invited certain publication to try out the new off-road wagon in Mangalore!
No, we weren’t at the part of the media event, but what we can do is show you these photos of the car. All the Maple Brown Volvo V90 seen here appear to be the D5 trim, with the AWB badge that sends traction where it’s needed most, with power available to all wheels, all the time. The V90 Cross Country is the production version of the Volvo Estate Concept introduced at 2014 Geneva Motor Show.
The Volvo V90 Cross Country is essentially a raised version of the regular V90, which indeed is a wagon-style version of the new S90 sedan. The V90 Cross Country has been designed aggressively with rugged scuff plastic at the front and the rear, which is quite akin to the Volvo V40 and S60 Cross Country models. With the introduction of the new car the 90 Series line-up further expands in India, which includes the S90 sedan, V90 Cross Country (pictured here) and XC90 SUV. However, the V90 is missed-out for India, which also makes less sense here in the country!
Compared to S90, Everything aft of the C-pillars is new. Above the broad shoulders, over the rear wheel arch, redesigned taillights and equally long roof contour make it stand out in the lineup. At the rear, it doesn’t feel as sporty as the V90s, the front fascia too is pretty aggressive and provides no hints that this is actually a wagon and not a sports sedan.
The interior is retained from the standard S90’s minimalist Scandinavian-inspired design, portrait-format touchscreen, vertical A/C vents, a tall and clean center console, and an overall premium feel — thanks to the numerous soft-touch surfaces and excellent fit and finish. The shade of tan leather in the snapped vehicle here is Volvo’s most popular choice, but shows dirt quite easily. The V90 Cross Country also gets a new steering wheel with paddle shifters, a feature that is shockingly missing in the S90 sedan.
No mention of whether or not the India-spec V90 Cross Country will get the T6 AWD (petrol) from the Volvo XC90 and an entry-level D4 AWD (diesel) from the Volvo S90. But the cars at the media event were solely available in D5 AWD (diesel) from the Volvo XC90. This motor produces 235hp/480Nm, making it one of the most powerful 2.0-litre diesels on-sale in India, strikingly higher than the 190hp/400Nm from the D4 diesel in the S90. The D5 benefits from Volvo’s PowerPulse technology that eliminates turbo lag. Transmission duties are handled by an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
Like the typical Volvo cars no holes in its safety arsenal, with Lane Keeping Aid, Driver Alert Control, Road Sign Information, Run-off Road Mitigation, Run-off Road Protection, and the City Safety package will be standard. The latter is able to detect vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, and large animals and it’s always active above 4 kmph (2.5 mph). Options will include Blind Spot Information, Rear Collision Warning, Cross Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control, Pilot Assist, Distance Alert, Park Assist Pilot and a 360-degree camera.
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