Volvo has introduced the new V90 Cross Country, with eight derivatives available, to the South African market. The latest model completes Volvo’s new 90 cluster, with the V90 Cross Country sharing its Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) with the XC90 and the S90.
The new V90 Cross Country range begins at R770 900 for the T5 Geartronic AWD Momentum, with the range-topping T6 Geartronic AWD Inscription priced at R921 300.
Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President Design at Volvo Car Group, says, “It’s not just a ‘plastic job’. With our new Cross Country you can go where a normal sedan or wagon cannot go.
We raised the ground clearance, not just by a few millimetres, but a substantial six centimetres. The tyre diameter has grown by up to 42 mm, providing us with a stable and rugged platform for our design work.”
The V90 Cross Country has 210 mm ground clearance and a new tyre with a softer, more rounded profile, which adds better grip and a softer, more comfortable ride.
All models are all powered by either Volvo’s modular 2.0-litre Drive-E diesel or petrol engines. Four power plants are available: the D4 and D5 diesels, and the T5 and T6 petrols. All engines are mated to the latest all-wheel drive system and an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
The twin-turbo D4 AWD models produce 140 kW of power and 400 Nm of torque and have a claimed combined fuel consumption as low as 5.2-litres per 100 km and carbon emissions are 138 g/km.
The D5 AWD models produce 173 kW and 480 Nm. PowerPulse, which uses a tank of compressed air to spool up the larger of the D5 engine’s two turbocharges at low rpm, combats turbo lag and realises a sense of this engine being normally aspirated. Average combined fuel economy is claimed at 5.3-litres per 100 km and carbon emissions at 139 g/km.
The T5 AWD models produce 187 kW and 350 Nm. Average combined fuel economy is 7.4-litres per 100 km and carbon emissions are 169 g/km.
The twin-charged T6 AWD derivatives combines turbo- and supercharging to deliver a maximum of 235kW and 400Nm. Furl consumption is claimed to be 7.7-litres per 100 km on the combined average, with corresponding carbon emissions of 176 g/km.
Suspension in the V90 Cross Country matches that of the S90, with a double wishbone and coil spring setup at the front and transverse composite leaf spring at the rear. To make the V90 Cross Country’s ride even more compliant, two-corner air suspension to replace the leaf spring set-up at the rear is available as a ‘cost-effective option’.
The Momentum models come with glossy black window detailing, electric folding side mirrors, matt chrome roof rails, automatic full-LED headlights, front LED fog lights, rain-sensing wipers, rear parking sensors and 18-inch alloy wheels.
Full leather upholstery is standard, as is an electrically adjustable driver’s seat, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, the 9-inch Sensus Connect interface, satellite navigation, a 10-speaker audio system, two-zone automatic climate control, split-folding rear seats with a ski hatch, a leather steering wheel with full multifunction support and a 12-volt power socket in the boot.
Over and above Momentum specification, Inscription models include 19-inch alloy wheels, a leather-clad key, Nappa soft leather upholstery, a powered passenger seat with memory, power-adjustable side support and extendable cushions for both front seats, high-level interior illumination with adjustable ambient colour settings, and illuminated door sill mouldings as standard.
There is a host of optional equipment available either as standalone extras or as part of cost-effective packages (Techno Pack, Premium Pack and Adventure Pack).
All models also come standard with a dust and waterproof key tag, which can be strapped around a wrist or ankle, worn around the neck on a lanyard and used in place of the original key.
Volvo V90 Cross Country D4 Geartronic AWD Momentum R794 800
Volvo V90 Cross Country D4 Geartronic AWD Inscription R825 200
Volvo V90 Cross Country D5 Geartronic AWD Momentum R839 500
Volvo V90 Cross Country D5 Geartronic AWD Inscription R869 900
Volvo V90 Cross Country T5 Geartronic AWD Momentum R770 900
Volvo V90 Cross Country T5 Geartronic AWD Inscription R801 300
Volvo V90 Cross Country T6 Geartronic AWD Momentum R890 900
Volvo V90 Cross Country T6 Geartronic AWD Inscription R921 300
All models come standard with a 5-year/ 100 000 km full vehicle warranty, full maintenance plan and roadside assistance, as well as laminated glass and Tracker Connect as standard.