What a distinction a lift makes.
Often the purveyors of some thing distinct, Sweden’s Volvo Car Corporation has officially lifted the veil on its newest product — a lifted, all-terrain version of its sophisticated V90 wagon.
Just do not get in touch with it a crossover. It’s a Cross Nation.
Perhaps all-terrain is a misnomer. Feel “more terrain” instead. The V90 Cross Nation, very first revealed at final November’s Los Angeles Auto Show, is meant to replace the brand’s slow-selling XC70. That wagon also sported a raised ride height and all-wheel drive, with a very wholesome dash of plastic bodyside cladding.
Thankfully, the body cladding has gone the way of the Aztek and Avalanche.
With the Cross Nation, Volvo has fleshed out its 90-series lineup. Long, sophisticated and packed with technologies, the best shelf sedan and wagons compliment the XC90 SUV that sparked the as soon as-struggling brand’s turnaround.
Specifications released by Volvo show the ground clearance of the Cross Nation rising from six inches to eight.two inches. The automaker lists the model’s approach and departure angles at 18.9 degrees and 20.7 degrees, respectively. Owners aren’t probably to danger a Jeep-worthy off-road excursion in the pricey V90 Cross Country, but you never know when the woods will come calling.
Speaking of coniferous trees standing starkly against a brilliant white sky, the promotional videos accompanying the Cross Country’s launch need to have been filmed by the Swedish Tourism Bureau. You will want to freeze your ass off after watching them. Oh, and the Volvo seems nice, too.
V90 Cross Country models are offered in T5 and T6 guise, with the former turbocharged 2.-liter 4-cylinder producing 254 horsepower and the latter producing 320. T6 engines are supercharged and turbocharged. There’s as a lot air blowing under the wagon’s hood as there is in the vast Scandinavian mountains.
Each engines are bolted to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
When the going gets rough (in a refined way), Cross Nation owners can engage the vehicle’s “Off Road” drive mode, one of four modes available — like Eco, Comfort and Dynamic (meaning high performance). Rear air suspension with laptop-controlled dampers are optional.
Tested in the bone-chilling snows of northern Sweden and the butt-scorching flats of Arizona, Volvo claims the Cross Country’s all-climate capabilities are sufficiently vetted. Anything less, of course, would be un-Scandinavian. The V90 Cross Country begins production this fall.
[Pictures: Volvo Automobile Corporation]