Volvo V90 Cross Country Unveiled |

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Published on September 16th, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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Volvo V90 Cross Country Unveiled

 

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This latest Cross Country from Volvo will get a 65mm (2.5 inch) bump in ride height compared to the regular V90, giving it a total of 210mm (8.2 inches) of ground clearance (remember the XC70 off-road wagon pictured below?).

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The V90 Cross Country also gets a BorgWarner Gen 5 all-wheel-drive system, capable of sending up to 50% of the power to the back wheels. The system also always sends power to all wheels when it starts from a stop, to provide the best acceleration possible.

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Apart from the height, the Cross Country’s distinguishing visual feature will be the plastic cladding around the wheel arches. It will also feature tires specially designed for the car’s off-road capabilities.

The four-wheel-drive system will work in conjunction with an off-road driving mode that’s only available on the Cross Country and the XC90.

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“Designing a Volvo Cross Country is not a styling exercise, a plastic job. It is based on honest capability,” said Thomas Ingenlath, senior vice-president design at Volvo Cars. “The V90 Cross Country brings a surprising and intriguing combination of a strong, powerful exterior and a luxurious, Scandinavian interior. It (is) a blend of powerful off-road capability in a most elegant, sophisticated, tailored wagon suit.”

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This V90 Cross Country is more than capable of four-season usage. If this version gets launched in Malaysia, it will most likely be the T6 version which will be powered by a 316-horsepower, supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, with power routed to Volvo’s newest generation of Haldex all-wheel-drive. Ground clearance is at 201 millimetres.

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Inside is a cabin that delivers a high level of luxury, combining, says Volvo, all the latest connectivity and entertainment features, including a high-end Bowers & Wilkins sound system. The Cross Country completes the 90 Series model lineup, which also includes the award-winning XC90 crossover, the S90 sedan and the V90 wagon.

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“The V90 Cross Country takes the elegance of the V90 and transforms it into an all-road car that delivers safety, comfort and performance in a capable and adventurous package,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president & CEO, Volvo Car Group.

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