Last winter, in the chilly month of February, Swedish automaker Volvo invited a gaggle of automotive journalists to visit Sweden, more specifically the region of Luleå near the Baltic Sea, for a first encounter with some variants of its new V60 wagon. One of them was the relatively affordable Cross Country version. But this event was just a quick first bite, held in wintertime on icy roads at temperatures well below -20 Celsius. This time, I was getting my hands on the V60 CC for much longer and on our own roads… during much better weather!
The V60 Cross Country is not an SUV but a wagon. It’s a format that has fallen pretty heavily out of fashion in the U.S., but it continues to acquit itself relatively well here in Canada. Another thing the Cross Country isn’t, is new. We previously knew it as the V70 wagon. This time Volvo presents it anew but based on the V60, which is already well-implanted on the Canadian market. The Cross Country thus sits in the automaker’s lineup between the regular V60 wagon and the already-popular XC60 SUV. One look is enough to make it clear that Volvo is kind of sort of taking aim at the Subaru Outback, but in somewhat more elaborate – and expensive – form.
A global technical approach
The Cross Country’s higher stance in comparison with the regular V60 comes from the choice of springs and more-rugged suspension parts, which elevate the car by 6 cm (or 2.4 inches). At the same time, this new V60 variant gets bigger articulation for the suspension, even as the ground clearance is nearly identical to that of the XC60 SUV with which it shares the company’s Scalable Product Architecture platform.
If you want to be sure you’re looking at the Cross Country, check for the bigger 20-inch wheels (optional) and black wheel arches. Volvo has also added unique front and rear bumpers and a few other CC-exclusive elements.