Volvo expands its Cross Country subbrand to include sedans…
Considering the average consumer’s interest in small SUVs and crossovers, offering a Cross Country trim level on the S60 does seem like a no-brainer. Should there not be a Cross Country and R version of every Volvo product offering? Imagine pushing the XC90 downmarket into a people-mover-esque wagon and rebadging the current model as the V90 Cross Country.
In any event, the V70 Cross Country (V70XC) was one of those splendid additions to a product range way back in 1997. The V70 wagon was selling well, and an off-road capable AWD version with a more rugged appearance was an undeniable boon to Volvo sales–and it increased market visibility a great deal as well. Interestingly enough, the Subaru Legacy SUS was a contemporary… but these days, the S60 Cross Country will be the only SUS, and the only luxury SUS to boot.
Perhaps a counter-intuitive move, the S60 Cross Country will be available with FWD in various markets. And another another difficult decision: these won’t be badged S60XC, but will stick to the “Cross Country” branding.
For the US, this car will launch with AWD and the 250HP T5 powerplant.