Volvo means station wagon. The values of the Swedish manufacturer have always translated into cars designed to put safety, space and comfort first. A styling story that has been going on for more than 90 years, but how can we combine the versatility and driving pleasure of a traditional station wagon with the tastes of a public that is increasingly oriented towards the architecture of SUVs and crossovers?
Volvo was the first to understand the potential of models halfway between traditional and off-road cars, “cross-overs” in the true sense of the word: the Cross Country set-up made its debut in 1997 on the V70. A story that continues on the current range and now Volvo has presented in Milan the V60 Cross Country, a version of the Swedish family car with aesthetic and technical characteristics that bring it closer to the world of off-roaders.
The “off-roader” look derives from the black plastic that acts as a bumper around the perimeter of the body, and from the 75 mm higher ground clearance compared to the standard version. In addition, all-wheel drive is offered as standard, along with a dedicated suspension system and servo devices that help the V60 Cross Country on rough or unpaved roads, plus the Off-Road driving mode. The interior has remained substantially unchanged, retaining the concept of rational elegance and high quality materials typical of the Volvo style.
The V60 Cross Country was world premiered at the Volvo Studio Milano, the showroom that the Gothenburg manufacturer opened in 2017 in the Citylife area of the Lombard capital, just a few steps from Piazza Gae Aluenti. The showroom’s concept design was done by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter and designed by Italian architect Gaspare Inglese starting in late 2016.