Volvo S60 Cross Country Unveiled: the First Sedan with Go-Anywhere Attitude

Wagons with crossover body cladding are nothing new. Audi makes a couple of allroad quattro models, so does Volkswagen, labeled as Alltracks. Opel, Citroen and Peugeot have recently joined the fray, all with models that are based on D-segment estates. But Volvo is the first automaker to launch a go-anywhere version of one of its sedans, and it's a premium one no less. Way to go Sweden!
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It's called the S60 Cross Country and it was tentatively presented today ahead of its upcoming debut at the Detroit Auto Show. It's based on their mid-size sedan model that's been in production since 2010, but features raised suspension, specially designed alloy wheels (available in 18 or 19 inches) and an array of protective body bits.

From some angles, the S60 Cross Country looks a little weird, especially the side. But it has a sexy sloping trunk line, so it almost looks like a Sports Activity Coupe to our eyes.

The model shares its increased ride height of 65mm (2.5 inches) and all-wheel drive system with its sibling, the V60 Cross Country. That means US models will come as standard with the T5 drivetrain, delivering 250 hp (that's 254 PS in Europe) from a 2.5-liter turbo though standard all-wheel drive, already confirmed by Volvo USA. Other markets in Europe will have front-wheel drive models base models and diesel engines, including the new 190 PS D4 diesel engine from the Drive-E family. However, the D4 AWD model will use an older generation 2.4-liter engine.

The S60 Cross Country is expected to be available to order by early summer. Expect more details in Detroit and the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March.
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