Having expanded the V60 range to include a Cross Country model in 2014, Volvo has now launched a similar package for the S60. Yes, that’s not a spelling error, the compact sedan now has a crossover version of its own, with all of the bits and pieces that made the V60 Cross Country one of the greatest wagon-based crossover, minus the massive storage area in the rear. Introduced at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show and scheduled to go on sale later in the year, the S60 Cross Country gives Volvo bragging rights as the only manufacturer to sell a crossover-like sedan. Sure, the S60 isn’t the first of its kind, but both the Legacy-based Subaru Outback Sedan and the AMC Eagle are long gone.

More importantly, Volvo’s perched sedan is the first such configuration to come in a luxury package and I can’t help wonder whether the S60 Cross Country will influence other compact sedans to don on a crossover suit in the near future. Meanwhile, Volvo’s "unique expression of adventure and all-road readiness" rides on its own globally as far as body styling goes. Read on for the full run-down.

Updated 05/21/2015: Volvo announced prices for the 2016 S60 Cross Country, which will go on sale later in the summer. The model will be priced from $43,500.

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  • 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-5
  • Transmission:
    Six-Speed Auto
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    250
  • Torque @ RPM:
    266
  • Displacement:
    2.5 L
  • 0-60 time:
    6.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    43500
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Exterior

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Essentially the spawn of a romantic evening between the S60 sedan and the V60 Cross Country, the S60 Cross Country sports the former’s design cues and shares the latter’s increased ride height. The Cross Country sits 2.5 inches higher when compared to the regular sedan. Similarities with the V60 Cross Country don’t stop here though, as the sedan also features the wagon’s stylish wheels — available in 18- and 19-inch sizes — and high-profile tires. The latter add both comfort and all-road aesthetics to the sedan, while increasing wheel protection on rough road surfaces.

Other than that and the Cross Country-specific underbody protection front and rear, as well as wheel-arch cladding and SUV-like side skirts, the "cross-sedan" is identical to the standard S60.

Interior

The interior of the Cross Country model mirrors the regular S60’s, meaning customers will be greeted by a modern and luxurious cabin with the typically Swedish attention to detail. Bolstered seats will provide the utmost comfort to the driver and front passenger, with critical information displayed by an all-new instrument cluster introduced with the redesigned S60 back in 2013. Leather surfaces, wood and aluminum trims adorn the interior of each trim level, including the base version.

Other standard features include a sport, multi-function steering wheel, dual-zone Electronic Climate Control, power, 8-way adjustable driver seat, Volvo Sensus with integrated seven-inch color display, a premium audio system with eight speakers, and Bluetooth hands-free interface with audio streaming.

Drivetrain

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Unlike the regular S60 sedan, the Cross Country comes with just one engine: the base T5 that’s also shared with the V60 Cross Country. The turbocharged, 2.5-liter, five-cylinder unit cranks out 250 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque, which heads out to all four wheels as standard. A six-speed "Geartronic" automatic handles the shifting, and while Volvo has yet to release performance figures as of January 2015, I expect it to accelerate to 60 mph in under seven seconds and hit a top speed of 130 mph. For reference, the S60 T5 with AWD needs 6.6 second to reach 60 mph from a standing start.

Backing the drivetrain is Volvo’s capable all-wheel-drive system, which comes standard on U.S.-spec models. In Europe and other "selected markets," the S60 Cross country will also be delivered with front-wheel drive.

Fuel economy is also a mystery as of this writing, but it’s safe to assume the Cross Country will return fuel consumption similar to the S60 T5 AWD. Specifically, expect this perched sedan to deliver 20 mpg city, 29 mpg highway, and 23 mpg combined.

Prices

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The 2016 S60 Cross Country will go on sale in the summer of 2015 at a starting price of $43,500.

Competition

Audi Allroad

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To find a proper competitor for the S60 Cross Country we’ll have to wait for other automakers to roll out perched, compact sedans. Until that happens, the Audi Allroad remains the only option here in the United States, albeit the German rig sports a wagon body. Granted, the two-box configuration makes the Allroad more practical than the S60, but some might argue that the Swedish sedan is the more stylish option.

Visual differences aside, the Allroad is not just similar in size, but it is also equipped with all-whee drive and a powerful engine mated to an eight-speed automatic. A turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine lurks under the hood, sending 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque to the wheels. Although the Allroad is 12 percent less powerful than the S60, it is a tad quicker from 0 to 60 mph, reaching the benchmark in 6.4 seconds. Top speed sits at the same 130-mph mark, while fuel economy is rated at 21 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, and 24 mpg combined.

Pricing for the A4-based Allroad starts from $42,400 and reaches into the $50,000 range with the top-of-the-league Prestige model.

Volvo V60 Cross Country

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The inclusion of the Audi Allroad to this competitors list makes the V60 Cross Country a mandatory addition. Essentially the wagon version of the S60 Cross Country, the V60 is also new for the 2015 model year and shares everything but the rear end with the crossover sedan. Common parts also include the engine, as the V60 Cross Country is motivated by the same 2.5-liter, five-cylinder with 250 ponies and 266 pound-feet at its disposal. The six-speed automatic and the all-wheel-drive system are on the standard equipment list as well.

The V60’s highlight compared to the S60 lies behind the rear seats, where customers will find plenty of storage room for those long trips, a feat the sedan can’t match. The extra cargo space makes the V60 a tad more expensive, with the sticker set at $41,000 before any options.

Conclusion

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The S60 Cross Country marks Volvo’s debut in a brand-new niche and the revival of the crossover-like sedan for the first time since Subaru discontinued the Legacy-based, Outback sedan. More importantly, the S60 is the first-ever sedan on stilts to compete in the luxury segment, which represents a massive departure from the AMC Eagle that essentially birthed the jacked-up sedan segment back in 1979. With the S60 Cross Country sporting a luxurious interior, plenty of safety features, a stylish body, AWD and an increased ride height, it seems as if nothing could go wrong with Volvo’s new recipe. However, it remains to be seen whether this perched sedan will matter and, more importantly, if it will determine other manufacturers to launch their own crossover sedans.

  • Leave it
    • Has a certain degree of weird to its appearance
    • Less practical than a wagon

Press Release

Volvo Cars is stepping up to meet the demands of its core customers with the unveiling of the exciting S60 Cross Country at the Detroit Auto Show.

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Back in 1997, when Volvo was the first premium brand to introduce an all-road capable variant of its successful wagons, no one could predict the future success of the crossover concept. Today, the crossover is ubiquitous and has helped to define a whole new category of lifestyle vehicle. Volvo is once again taking a bold step forward – this time in the luxury sedan segment – with the unveiling of the S60 Cross Country – the first premium sedan with the same level of capability and rugged design cues of the renowned Cross Country wagons.

“We want to further explore the market with our Cross Country brand. We did this back in 1997 with the V70 Cross Country and it led to the birth of a whole new segment. We have included all the capability-driven benefits of the Cross Country brand in this new model, while offering a completely unique expression of adventure and all-road readiness in a distinctly sporty and stylish package,” said Lex Kerssemakers, Senior Vice President Product Strategy and Vehicle Line Management at Volvo Cars.

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Capable stance

Like the recently introduced V60 Cross Country, the S60 Cross Country shares an increased ride height of 65mm (2.5 inches) and comes with the same capable All-Wheel Drive underpinnings of its sibling, making it the only truly capable and stylish all-road sedan crossover on the market. The S60 Cross Country will also be delivered with front-wheel drive in Europe and selected markets.

“The S60 Cross Country is the sole contender in the luxury crossover sedan segment. We have identified a clear niche in the market for a more capable sedan with rugged styling cues and a higher stance. The S60 Cross Country will appeal to people that are searching for an exciting and capable sedan, whilst enjoying the clear benefits that a crossover offers,” said Alain Visser, Senior Vice President Sales, Marketing and Customer Service.

Reflecting Volvo’s legendary capability of nature and Scandinavian heritage, the S60 Cross Country offers both 18” and 19” wheels with high profile tires that add both comfort and all-road aesthetics, reduce road noise, and add increased wheel protection when needed for city or country.

Delivering an involved and focused driving experience with rugged substance, this dynamic design brings a sporty and adventurous edge to the sedan.

Powertrain

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The S60 Cross Country will launch with a powerful T5 All-Wheel Drive gasoline powertrain delivering up to 250 bhp* available in the US, Canada, Russia and Europe. The S60 Cross Country is expected to be available on a limited basis this summer.

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