Volvo S60 Cross Country has raised suspension and more ground clearance over the standard model
Volvo has the S60 as its entry-level luxury sedan in the Indian market and it saw a Cross Country version being introduced in March last year. Being positioned in a niche segment, there were initial skeptics over how it would perform but it has fared well and started outselling its regular sibling. The S60 Cross Country underwent changes to offer customers the necessary opulent qualities of the S60 while being able to perform some of the off-roading SUV duties. It rivals Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4, BMW 3-Series and Jaguar XE.
Volvo implemented raised suspension that boasts 65 mm more ground clearance than the standard model and the new set of alloy wheels are strapped on larger tyres. As for the exterior, the Cross Country looks identical to the regular S60. The additional SUV-ish features are matte sliver scuff plates on the sides and low black cladding.
The S60 Cross County stands tall stance and allows for an imposing presence among its competitors. It appeals for the affluent buyers looking for versatile driving from a sedan with space for five occupants. The lifted suspension is accompanied by 340 litres of space with rear seats up and riding quality suiting uneven surfaces.
It comes with honeycomb grille and sleeker headlamps with L-shaped tail lamps with all the equipment from the top-spec S60 sedan like Bluetooth audio streaming, dynamic stability traction control (DSTC), leather interiors, dual-zone climate control, advanced stability control and seven-inch Sensus touchscreen infotainment system among others.
Sold two engine options, the 2.0-litre four-cylinder D4 diesel makes 188 bhp of maximum power and 240 Nm of peak torque. The detuned 2.4-litre five-cylinder D4 diesel churns out 178 bhp of power and 420 Nm of torque. Both diesel mills are coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission helping the car to achieve 0-100 kmph in 8.8 seconds and reach top speed of 210 kmph. The all-wheel drive system can be specified from the options list.