The BMW X1 may need to watch out! With only a few days before its official debut at the Paris Auto Show, Volvo has unveiled the first official details on the new V40 Cross Country - a small crossover based on the new V40 that also offers off-road capabilities.
The new Cross Country model is about 40 mm higher than the standard V40 and will be distinguished by a new front end with a dark, contrasting bumper, honeycomb mesh grille, and upright DRL-lights. The back of the crossover will feature a contrasting rear bumper with an integrated skid plate. The model’s look is completed by a new set of 19" light alloy wheels.
As far as power, the V40 Cross Country will be offered in two different petrol versions: T5 and T4. The T5 is powered by either a 2.5 liter five-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 254 HP or a 2.0 liter five-cylinder engine with 213 HP, along with a six-speed automatic gearbox. The T4 will be offered with either a 1.6 liter GTDi delivering 180 HP or a 2.0 liter engine with 180 HP, which can be mated to either an automatic six-speed Powershift transmission or a six-speed manual gearbox. Clients who prefer to go the diesel route will have a choice of a five-cylinder 2.0-liter D4 turbodiesel engine with 177 HP or a 2.0-liter D3 engine producing 150 hp.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Volvo V40 Cross Country.
The new V40 Cross Country is obviously based on the standard model, but features a number of elements that will differentiate it from its standard counterpart. For starters, it is about 40 mm higher than the standard V40 for that crossover look. It is further distinguished by a new front end with a dark, contrasting bumper, a honeycomb mesh grille, and upright DRL-lights. There is also an anodized, black high-gloss frame around the greenhouse, black rear-view mirror housings, and sleek rails floating over the roof. Towards the back of the Cross Country, there is a contrasting rear bumper with an integrated skid plate. The model sits on a new set of 19" light alloy wheels.
For the interior, the new Cross Country has received enough room for five passengers and comfort is derived from the leather upholstery, which can be ordered in five different colors, including Espresso Brown. The rear seats can be folded to increase cargo space and the front passenger seat can also be folded down to fit longer objects in the vehicle. The Volvo also comes with a Parcel Shelf Net for the storage of smaller items and a Load Organizer that includes a load compartment divider, a load belt, and two floor rails.
The storage continues with what Volvo is calling "smart storage." This consists of a storage compartment below the armrest that is great for CDs and the connector for a USB/iPod, the extra space in the glove compartment for two drinks - cans or bottles -that can be kept cool with cold air from the Electronic Climate Control system, and a specially designed, drained storage unit for an ice scraper in both front door panels for those cold, wintry months.
- Height adjustable headrests on the front seats and the center rear seat
- A sunglass compartment above the driver’s door
- A penholder in the glove compartment
- Integrated cup holder in the rear seat
- Handy storage under the instrument panel, on the front seat cushions, on the front seat backrests, and on the outside of the rear seats
Interior lighting was also a point of interest for Volvo, evident in the "theatre lighting" feel of the cabin which was accomplished with the use of
strategically placed LED lamps. The driver can enjoy a red-to-blue setting that adapts the light to the interior temperature, or choose between another seven mood themes. There are also reading lights in the front and rear that can be dimmed.
Technology for the Volvo V40 Cross Country comes in the form of the Start/Stop system, Bluetooth hands-free communication, wireless music playing, City Safety auto-braking technology, and the V40’s world-first pedestrian airbag, all which come standard. The V40 Cross Country is also the only car in its class to be available with Pedestrian Detection technology.
"There is a clear distinction between our XC and Cross Country models. The Volvo XC models have a distinct crossover character with unique body-styles including an elevated seating position, while the Cross Country models are expressive all-road versions of our dynamic wagons and hatchbacks," explains Lex Kerssemakers. He adds: "When it comes to driving dynamics, the V40 Cross Country is eager to take on the sportiest competitor versions. It features an attractive blend of sportiness and comfort."
Customers will have the possibility to choose between both petrol or diesel engines for the Volvo V40 Cross Country. The most powerful model in the line-up is the T5. It will be offered with either a 2.5 liter five-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 254 HP or a 2.0 liter five-cylinder engine with 213 HP. The 254 HP five-cylinder engine can hit 60 mph in 6.0 seconds, while providing a fuel consumption of 34 mpg (EU Combined). The next model is the T4 which is offered with either a 1.6 liter GTDi engine producing 180 HP or a 2.0 liter engine delivering 180 HP. Fuel consumption is 51 mpg with corresponding CO2 emissions of 129 g/km. The T5 will be offered with a six-speed automatic gearbox, while the T4 will be offered with either an automatic six-speed Powershift transmission or a six-speed manual gearbox.
Diesel fans will also get their choice of engine with a five-cylinder 2.0-litre D4 turbodiesel with 177 HP or a 2.0-litre D3 producing 150 hp, each mated to either a six-speed automatic transmission or six-speed manual gearbox. Customers interested in their vehicle’s fuel consumption can opt for the D2 version which is powered by a 1.6-liter diesel engine that delivers a total of 115 HP and an impressive fuel consumption of just 3.8 l/100 km.
The new Volvo V40 Cross Country will go on sale in November 2012. Volvo hopes to sell around 17,000 units per year, with 50% going to European customers and 30% going to Chinese buyers.
Prices will be announced at a later date.
The new V40 Cross Country Volvo is aiming to take on models like the BMW X1 and the Infiniti EX . The BMW X1 was just updated for the 2013 model year with an improved interior and a new engine line-up, including the X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i, and the X1 xDrive35i, with power ranging from 240 to 300 HP. The Infiniti EX is powered by a 3.5 Liter VQ35 V6 engine that produces a maximum of 297 HP and is mated to a 5 speed automatic transmission.
- Looks pretty cool
- Higher ride
- Lots of engines to choose from
- No prices yet
- Tough competition and Old people stigma