Volvo Australia has released its replacement for the slow-selling V60 mid-size wagon, with the higher-riding V60 Cross Country entering showrooms with a single powertrain option.
Much like the V60 was, the V60 Cross Country is motivated by a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine, although its 183kW/350Nm ‘B5’ version also features a 48V mild-hybrid system that uses a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) to provide an initial electric boost via an integrated starter generator (ISG).
Mated to an eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive system, the V60 B5 Cross Country is priced from $64,990 plus on-road costs, positioning it between the axed V60’s mid-range T5 Momentum ($62,990) and flagship T5 R-Design ($66,990) variants.
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Standard equipment in the V60 B5 Cross Country includes LED headlights, 19-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and a power-operated tailgate.
Inside, push-button start, a 9.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system, satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, digital radio, a 12.0-inch digital instrument cluster, a wireless smartphone charger, power-adjustable front seats with heating, four-zone climate control, leather-accented upholstery and Driftwood trim feature.
Advanced driver-assist systems extend to autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep and steering assist, adaptive cruise control (with stop and go functionality), blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and surround-view cameras.
For reference, the new BMW 3 Series Touring, Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate and Audi A4 Avant rival set itself apart from its predecessor with higher ground clearance (+75mm, to 203mm), unique styling elements (including wheelarch extensions), hill-descent control and off-road drive modes.