Based on the striking V90 not earmarked for local availability anytime soon, the Cross Country shares the same profile and Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) also used by the XC90, but adds a 60 mm increase in ground clearance, plastic cladding around the wheel arches, new front bumper, bigger wheels and revised chassis.
A two corner rear air suspension system with Active Chassis adaption can also be had as an option, with the latter featuring active shock absorbers able to configure to the prevailing driving conditions as detected by the position of the Drive Mode selector (Comfort, Eco Dynamic, Off-road and Individual).
As with the S90 and XC90, the V90 Cross Country boasts the same minimalist interior design with the now familiar nine-inch tablet-like Sensus Connect infotainment system standard on all models, and incorporating satellite navigation, voice control, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth, USB and a 10-speaker sound system. The optional Smartphone Integration Pack meanwhile adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a second USB port.
Aside from also offering an extensive range of other in-car tech, the V90 Cross Country boasts a unique Adventure Pack specifically designed for South Africa, made up of a panoramic roof, 360 degree camera system, integrated compass, electric folding rear seats, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, air suspension and 230-volt power outlets. An assortment of accessories such as bike racks, scuff plates, roof boxes, boot mats, tow bars and mud flaps are available as options.
In typical Volvo fashion, safety in Cross Country is extensive with items such as City Safety, Rear Collision Warning, Distance Alert, Driver Control Alert, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure Warning and Road Sign Information all being standard, while Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Information are optional.
Like the S90, the V90 Cross Country comes fitted as standard with Pilot Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control, the former allowing for semi-autonomous driving at speeds up to 130 km/h.
Up front, the Cross Country makes complete use of Volvo's range of 2.0-litre Drive-E petrol and diesel engines, with all-wheel drive and a eight-speed Geartronic 'box standard across the range.
Providing petrol power, the single turbo T5 produces 187 kW and 350 Nm of torque, while the T6 adds a supercharger for a total output of 235 kW and 400 Nm. Fuel consumption is rated at 7.4 L/100 km and 7.7 L/100 km respectively, with emissions at 169 g/km and 176 g/km.
On the diesel side, the D4 churns out 140 kW and 400 Nm, with Volvo claiming a combined fuel consumption of 5.2 L/100 km and emissions of 138 g/km. Featuring PowerPulse technology to minimise turbo-lag from the get-go, the D5 produces 173 kW and 480 Nm of torque, while consuming diesel as a rate of 5.3 L/100 km. Emissions are 139 g/km.
A five year / 100 000 km maintenance plan is standard across the V90 Cross Country range.
|T5 Momentum Geartronic AWD||R770 900|
|T5 Inscription Geartronic AWD||R801 300|
|T6 Momentum Geartronic AWD||R890 900|
|T6 Inscription Geartronic AWD||R931 300|
|D4 Momentum Geartronic AWD||R794 800|
|D4 Inscription Geartronic AWD||R825 200|
|D5 Momentum Geartronic AWD||R839 500|
|D5 Inscription Geartronic AWD||R869 900|