So, You Like Cladding? Volvo Has a Solution with the 2019 V60 Cross Country [News]

2019 Volvo V60 Cross Country revealed
Volvo reveals another chip off the old block: the 2019 V60 Cross Country. [Photo: Volvo]

Volvo revealed the rugged version of its V60 wagon, for those who like to head off the beaten track.

Despite their relative dominance in the market, there are just some folks out there who can’t stomach a crossover. We can understand that, and so does Volvo actually – if the 2019 V60 Cross Country is any indication. As you’d expect, it’s smaller than the V90 Cross Country, yet it’s similar in virtually every other detail.

The 2019 V60 Cross Country will launch in T5 AWD guise. That means buyers get a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. That comes mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. A T6 mild-hybrid variant will follow, producing 316 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. In time, a T8 plug-in hybrid variant may also come along with up to 400 horsepower, as is available in the 2019 S60 sedan.

To back up all that plastic body cladding, Volvo has raised the V60 Cross Country nearly 3 inches (75mm) over the standard model. The company developed a chassis and suspension setup specific to the V60 Cross Country model to make it more capable off-road. Taking that even further, they’ve fitted this wagon with standard all-wheel drive, Hill Descent Control, Corner Traction Control and an Off-Road driving mode.

More tech

Like its road-going V60 sibling, the V60 Cross Country packs Volvo’s Sensus Connect infotainment system and Pilot Assist. The infotainment system supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, while Pilot Assist features work up to 80 mph. Pilot Assist includes features like Oncoming Lane Mitigation and Run-off Road Mitigation to keep the driver firmly planted in their lane.

Pricing isn’t available just yet, but the 2019 V60 Cross Country will go on sale next year. Stay tuned to for more updates! Check out our off-road tests of its larger brother – the V90 Cross Country – below.