What Volvo plans to do off-road
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The SUV trend no longer leaves the classic notchback sedan unaffected.
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Volvo is now not only putting its station wagons, but also the mid-range S60 model in its off-road outfit.
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One variant is even suitable for easy terrain. Which is less due to the chic cross-country insignia.
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The basic model has to do without all-wheel drive and is driven by a two-liter four-cylinder diesel with 181 hp.
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If you want to have both axles powered, you have to choose the five-cylinder diesel with 215 hp and then you could at least feel comfortable on very easy terrain.
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The Swedish manufacturer has not yet given any prices. The surcharge compared to the standard version should be almost 2000 euros, which is a starting price of almost 36,000 euros…o suggests.
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Volvo first showed the new an off-road variant of the sporty station wagon in California.
Volvo puts the old S60 exactly 6.5 centimeters higher, calls it CrossCountry – and gives us stomach ache. That can’t be all, can it?
B.ald, soon Volvo will do everything differently. The new XC90 has been illuminated in all its facets for a few months now, and it will finally be launched on the market sometime in spring.
Completely new platform, completely new design language, completely new anyway, everything else too. We can look forward to that – and it should be exciting to see whether the bill will work out for Volvo. The Swedes will not have many attempts, we can hear that the Chinese owners are slowly running out of patience.
Bulky on the outside, very slim on the inside
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The new Volvo XC90 has a massive radiator grille and narrow headlight slots.
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Typically Volvo are the pronounced shoulders over the rear fenders and the taillights that extend into the roof.
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Inside there are significantly fewer switches than usual, but no fewer functions: whatever was technically and legally possible, Volvo has in the large touchscreen in …integrated into the center console.
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It is hard to believe that only small engines are at work behind this impressive front: All XC90 variants are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, whether gasoline or die…sel.
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The top model with almost 400 hp will be the plug-in hybrid, whose batteries for the additional electric motor can be charged not only while driving, but also at the socket…en.
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Behind the unconventionally cut tailgate opens a storage space of more than 1800 liters – but Volvo will not provide exact figures until the world premiere at the Paris Salon Anfan…g October 2014.
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The length has increased by 14 centimeters to 4.95 meters, which is why the XC90 is again …
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… equipped with a third row of seats as standard. A very important sales argument for the main sales market, the USA.
And now: the S60 CrossCountry. So you take the old limousine and lift it 6.5 centimeters above the ground. “We want to open up further markets with our cross-country models. We already succeeded in doing this in 1997 with the Volvo V70 CrossCountry, and with it we even established a new segment. The new model takes up all the advantages for which our CrossCountry range is known: sporty, distinctive design, off-road capability and an adventurous character, ”says Volvo Manager Lex Kerssemakers.
And it is probably precisely about “other markets”. In Europe, this vehicle will probably find few friends – but maybe China was just waiting for it? Or North Korea? Or the redneck states of the USA, where monster trucks on balloon tires are the order of the day?
Because it is astonishing: the larger Volvo models like the S60, the V70 and the S80 will soon be placed on the new, scalable platform on which the new XC90 is based. It is all the less understandable that the old S60 now has to be cut out as a CrossCountry. It can only be about the number of pieces – the image suffers.
The usual suspects serve as the drive, at Volvo these are only four-cylinder. The S60 CrossCountry will be available with front-wheel and all-wheel drive from April.
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