Volvo’s latest addition to its 90 Series range could be the Cross Country version of the V90 estate, according to these spyshots of prototypes undergoing testing. The Volvo V90 Cross Country should serve as a replacement for the aging XC70, which is based on the V70.

The prototypes seen here appear to be slightly higher off the ground compared to a standard V90, and there are more pronounced roof rails as well. There are also more rugged tyres, redesigned front and rear bumpers, and larger fenders as well. Curiously, the test mule does have a significant amount of camo and faux body cladding fitted to it.

As the upcoming Volvo will be based on the V90, it will ride on the company’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), which is also used on the XC90 and S90. Similarly, powertrain options should include a range of Drive-E petrol and diesel powerplants, as well as the T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid powertrain. All-wheel drive should come as standard as well.

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Expect the interior to mirror that of the V90 as well, with a clear Scandinavian design, accompanied by features such as a 12.3 inch Adaptive Digital Display instrument panel and Volvo’s Sensus Connect High Performance audio system interface with 9.0-inch portrait-format touchscreen.

Safety equipment meanwhile, could include a few semi-autonomous driving features – IntelliSafe Pro (with City Safety collision avoidance), IntelliSafeSurround and IntelliSafeAssist. The former includes blind spot information, rear collision warning and cross traffic alert.

The rugged estate is expected to debut in early 2017. However, should a certain Chinese scale model manufacturer decide to leak the vehicle’s design in advance, we may have an early look at the Volvo V90 Cross Country, similar to the S90 and V90.