Must Read - Launch Alert Volvo V90 Cross Country
Volvo Cars India is gearing up to launch the brand new V90 Cross Country station wagon/estate in the Indian market tomorrow on the 12th of July, 2017. The company had first announced its plans to launch the V90 Cross Country in September 2016.
Cross Country badging for Volvo Cars indicates that this vehicle is a crossover version of any regular Volvo sedan or hatchback. In this case, the V90 Cross Country is the crossover/estate version of the luxury S90 sedan. The design and styling are almost identical to the S90. Volvo has stated that the V90 Cross Country is the spiritual successor for the V70 and XC70 models. The XC70 was in its final production year in 2016 and the V90 Cross Country has now taken up the cudgels.
The dimensions of the V90 Cross Country are also similar to the S90 sedan and the design language has been carried forward from the same as well. The attractive grille and Thor’s Hammer LED daytime running lights keep the resemblance intact while there is some differentiation in the form of a more aggressive design for the bumpers, plastic black cladding for the belt-line, faux skid plate and the roof rails with brushed aluminum finishing. The V90 Cross Country measures 4,938 mm in terms of length which is a little smaller than S90 which measures 4, 963 mm. However, the V90 Cross Country is taller than the S90 at 1,542 mm in comparison to the latter’s 1, 433 mm in terms of height. This is because of the V90 Cross Country’s ground clearance of 219 mm although the width and wheelbase of both the models remains the same at 2. 019 mm and 2, 941 mm respectively.
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The V90 Cross Country will also come with the vertically stacked LED tail lights and will get 20-inch alloy wheels. There will be 590 litres of boot space which can be scaled up to 1,526 litres by folding the rear seats. The cabin design has been inspired by the Volvo S90 including the big tablet-esque touch screen infotainment unit for the central console and soft-touch materials. There is a dual tone color option available along with an all-black dashboard and leather seats in tan brown. The new V90 Cross Country will have the same 2 litre diesel engine used for the S90.
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However, this engine is more powerful than its counterpart on the S90 and makes 235 BHP and 480 Nm of peak torque. The engine is paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission unit. The V90 Cross Country will get the AWD (all-wheel drive) system which is a 5th generation setup from Borg Warner. There will be different driving modes available as well. The V90 Cross Country will come to India as a Completely Built Unit (CBU) and Volvo Cars India is targeting sales volumes of 200 units annually for the model. Prices were expected to hover around the INR 75 lakhs (ex-showroom) mark in the Indian market but the model may be a little cheaper after the GST rollout.
Estates and station wagons are not completely new for the Indian market but this category has not really set sales charts on fire either. Audi entered this segment around two years back with the RS6 Avant which is only estate model sold in the Indian market at present. The car had a huge price tag of INR 1.35 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi) when it launched in the country. Volvo, however, is offering SUV-esque performance and stylish looks along with sedan-esque features and comfort at a more competitive price point. Will the V90 Cross Country spark the growth of the station wagon/estate segment in India? We will have to wait and watch!