Volvo S60 Cross Country

Volvo’s “Cross Country” name has been stuck on vehicles with hatches so far, but that’s about to end with the Volvo S60 Cross Country – yes, the S60 sedan will be getting the Cross Country treatment. The booted CC will debut at the upcoming Detroit show.

Described as the first premium sedan with the same level of capability and rugged design cues of the renowned Cross Country wagons, the new car shares the V60 Cross Country‘s 65 mm increased ride height and SUV-style lower body cladding.

The S60 Cross Country will ride on 18- and 19-inch wheels with high profile tyres; the latter for comfort, “all­road aesthetics”, lower road noise and increased wheel protection. To follow tradition, there’s “Cross Country” emblazoned on the rear. We also noticed that the Active Cruise Control radar, previously a prominent square panel, is now nicely integrated into the grille pattern.

The S60 CC will launch this year with a T5 petrol engine with up to 254 hp. However, it’s not AWD-only; the sedan on stilts will also be available in front-wheel drive form.

Will there be takers for this unusual vehicle? Volvo seems to think so. “We have identified a clear niche in the market for a more capable sedan with rugged styling cues and a higher stance. It will appeal to people that are searching for an exciting and capable sedan, whilst enjoying the clear benefits that a crossover offers,” said Alain Visser, senior VP of sales, marketing and customer service at Volvo North America.

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