Volvo India has launched its latest offering, the V90 Cross Country in the Indian market. The car is a crossover between an estate and a SUV.
Volvo has been very competitive with the pricing. They have priced the V90 Cross Country at Rs 60 lakhs, ex-showroom, which is phenomenal pricing given that the XC90 starts well over Rs 70 lakhs and the S90 is priced at Rs 54 lakhs.
Adding the Cross Country badge gives it higher ground clearance of 210mm (as per the older rules), plastic cladding all around, a new grille and an AWD system (Borg Warner unit). The company claims that it has a fording depth of 300 mm, which is impressive. The V90 Cross Country will be powered by the 2.0 liter diesel engine which is on offer in the XC90, in the D5 guise unlike the D4 guise which is offered on the S90. The D5 means that it will produce 225 Bhp and 480 Nm. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The engine is fitted with a device called Powerpulse that helps reduce turbo lag by pumping pressurised air into the exhaust manifold when there is a sudden need to accelerate.
Like all Volvos, this one too is fully loaded. It comes in only one trim level, which gets a heads up display, massage and cooled seats, panoramic sun roof, 20″ rims, 4 zone climate control and the Sensus touch screen system with navigation. The car has a full digital instrument cluster which is funky.
There are a total of 6 colours on offer. This includes a white, a silver, a blue, a brown, a grey and a black.
On the safety front, the car is fitted with a lot of kit. In addition to the airbag all over, the car has whiplash protection front seats, collision mitigation up front, park pilot, city safety and lane keeping aid.
The car has no direct competition currently and is a niche product.