The all-new Volvo V60 made its global debut earlier this year, and it is now being followed up with a Cross Country version. This is the Volvo V60 Cross Country, a mid-sized wagon that has been imbued with some degree of off-road capability, similar to its larger sibling, the V90 Cross Country.

From a styling perspective, the V60 CC differs from a normal V60 most noticeably by its 75 mm taller ride height. Volvo says the ride height is complemented by a specially developed chassis and suspension that allows it to go off the beaten track.

The V60 CC also sports plenty of black plastic cladding in the lower sections of its body in order to further emphasis its ruggedness. Beyond these cues, the raised wagon is almost identical to the standard model, including the interior that features the Sensus Connect infotainment system, Adaptive Digital Display instrument panel and 529 litres of cargo volume (including under floor storage).

“With the new V60 Cross Country, we take our Swedish family estate from one natural habitat to another. We invented the Cross Country segment over 20 years ago and with this car, we reinforce our long-standing pedigree in safe, capable and versatile family cars,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars.

Engine options include a T5 2.0 turbocharged four-cylinder petrol that makes 247 hp (250 PS) and 350 Nm, and a D4 2.0 litre twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel with 188 hp (190 PS) and 400 Nm. However, only European customers will have a choice between the two; the US market only gets the T5 that is tuned to 250 hp and 350 Nm.

All engines are mated to an Aisin-sourced AW TG-81 SC eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive comes as standard. A special Off-Road driving mode is included as well, and can be selected via the tablet-like touchscreen or cylindrical drive mode selector. The V60 CC’s engine line-up will be expanded to include mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains later on.

Being based on the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, the V60 CC gets the usual array of safety and driver assistance systems. These include Hill Descent Control, Electronic Stability Control, Corner Traction Control, City Safety with Autobrake and Pilot Assist.

Much like its other stablemates, the new Volvo is available through its Care by Volvo subscription service, allowing you access to the car via a monthly flat-fee subscription instead of a lease or flat-out purchase (traditional form of ownership).