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Volvo’s V60 crosses over


VOLVO Cars has unveiled the long-awaited Cross Country version of its successful V60 sports wagon at the 2014 LA Motor Show this week.

This is the third Cross Country model in the Volvo range. The V60 isn’t a big seller locally but perhaps the added ground clearance, coupled with the more macho off-road looks, may attract more buyers locally.

The V60 Cross Country will also receive the  new Drive-E engine from Volvo’s own in-house designed and built engine platform, the 133kW 2.0-litre D4 diesel powering the  front wheels. Other models include the more basic D3 front-wheel-drive and the four-wheel-drive D4 model, which gets the familiar five-cylinder diesel engine.

Ground clearance has been increased by 65mm compared to the standard V60, while features like torque vectoring technology and corner traction control will also add to its off-road ability.

Much like other Cross country models, there are skid plates front and rear, side scuff plates and bumper extenders. There are also integrated tailpipes to finish off the look. The model will come with either 18 or 19-inch wheels with high profile rubber.

There are sports seats in black leather with distinctive brown stitching, plus two new two-tone leather upholsteries will be offered.

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