Gothenburg’s new wagon will battle luxury crossovers
Sales of the Volvo V90 station wagon haven’t even started, but the Swedish automaker has already been caught testing the next iteration: The Volvo V90 Cross Country is in the works and it will feature a raised ride height, all-wheel drive, a reworked suspension, body cladding, redesigned bumpers and front and rear fascias, roof rails and some beefy tires.
The V90 Cross Country is expected to pick up where the XC70 Cross Country will leave off at the end of the year, replacing a model which has been on sale since 2007. The new Cross Country wagon is expected to be powered by the brand’s now-ubiquitous 2.0-liter inline-four connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission pumping out 316 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque in T6 guise.
While other markets will likely receive the diesel D5 version as well as a front-wheel-drive T5 good for 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, North America will likely get just the T6 AWD model — Cross Country buyers won’t want a soft-road wagon with only two driving wheels. A T8 plug-in hybrid AWD version, good for 410 hp, may be offered as well. The base V90 wagon, meanwhile, will likely offer the T5 powerplant coupled with front-wheel drive.
Expect the V90 Cross Country to debut at the end of 2016 or early 2017, going on sale during the first half of next year. Volvo won’t be facing Subaru alone; by 2017 expect to see a response from Mercedes-Benz in the form of a similarly upgraded E-Class station wagon.