2021 Volvo V90 Cross Country
With sedans dying down and people changing their preferences to more practical vehicles, wagons seem to be making a comeback. Although wagons are a hit in Europe, the same can’t be said for the U.S. market. The sales of wagons in the U.S. dropped so low in the last decade that automakers pulled the plug on them and decided to focus on SUVs of different sizes.
However, things seem to be changing for good and many carmakers have started putting in effort to make these haulers look a lot more desirable. Volvo is on the cusp of refreshing its complete 90 series, and the latest vehicle to get an overhaul is the V90 Cross Country. The changes are limited and it is just a mid-cycle refresh to boost the sales until the next-gen wagon hits the floors. Will it make an impact, though?
2020 Volvo V90
Even though they are arguably the most practical vehicles you can buy, wagons were never really considered to be an enthusiast’s first choice. Things are so bad in the States that automakers started retracting their wagons from here and focused on the European markets instead, where they were greeted with open arms. However, times are changing now. Volvo has been renovating the 90 series, and now it’s the V90’s turn. The current V90 is already about three years old and it has started to look dated (blame the Cross Country models to an extent for this). The new V90 does not look radically different from the current model, but the automaker did hide the subtle changes it brings in on the bumpers and fog lamps.
2017 Volvo V90
Discontinued in 1998 after only two years on the market, the V90 returned as Volvo’s flagship wagon in 2016. The new V90 is built on Volvo’s new Scaleable Production Architecture platform, which already underpins the XC90 SUV and the S90. As a result, the wagon also uses the same drivetrains as the S90, which in turn borrowed them from the XC90.
Likewise, the V90 features the same design language as the sedan and gets a similar interior, which makes it one of the most luxurious grocery getters on the market. Of course, the wagon received a redesigned rear end and a more practical interior with enhanced luggage space, but the sedan’s premium features and state-of-the-art technology are still there.
More good news comes from the availability department, as Volvo confirmed that the V90 will be sold in the United States too. Unveiled on North American soil at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, the V90 became Volvo’s first wagon in the U.S. in many years. Although the brand still offers the V60 on these shores, the V90 comes in Cross Country spec with a more rugged, crossover-like appearance.
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2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country By Polestar
Volvo has been making Cross Country style wagons for nearly two decades now, with the latest iteration dropping earlier this year in the form of a beefed-up V90. The formula is designed to offer an alternative to the ever-popular crossover body style, matching a high-rider stance, rugged body panels, AWD handling and grip, and plenty of luxury and tech with a spacious cabin. Now, Volvo has handed the keys over to Polestar, the Swedish brand’s dedicated performance division and racing team. Polestar has already had a crack at upgrading the new V90, blessing the five-door with a sharper throttle, quicker shifts, and a more potent engine. Rather than transforming the model into a full-blown sports car, Polestar says it “optimized” what was already there, and now, it’s doing the same thing to the V90 Cross Country softroader.
The result appears to be a nice blend of performance chops and rugged capability, all in a comfortable, wagon-fashion package. Like the optimized V90 that came before, the V90 Cross Country by Polestar sees upgrades to its throttle response, shift times, and engine output, adding just a little extra where it counts if you happen to have that performance mindset.
“Our product provides performance-oriented customers with a new level of driving pleasure,” says Niels Moller, Chief Operating Officer at Polestar. Most recently, we’ve seen Polestar’d variants of the S90 sedan and XC90, not to mention the non-cross-country V90, and this new tuned-up crossover killer looks to expand the line even further.
Intrigued? Read on for the details.
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2018 Volvo V90 Cross Country
Volvo has been very busy lately sprucing up the top of its product lineup. So far, we’ve seen the next-generation XC90 crossover, S90 sedan, and V90 wagon, all released in relatively quick succession. Now, Volvo has unveiled the final model in the 90 Series lineup – the V90 Cross Country. The first Cross Country was introduced roughly two decades ago, with the latest version offering up “all-road, all-weather” capability with a well-polished, luxury-oriented demeanor. It’s the kind of combo you’d expect from a crossover, but the V90 Cross Country takes a different approach, maintaining the extended roofline and opulent interior of the regular V90 wagon, all while adding a taller stance, tough exterior body cladding, and loads of AWD grip.
As a replacement for the outgoing XC70, the V90 Cross Country is one of the very few models out there with a wagon body style. That should help its general appeal amongst those who find the SUV-style status quo not to their liking, but can the V90 Cross Country truly live up to its living-room-off-roader image?
Updated 09/16/2016: Volvo dropped the official details on the new V90 Cross Country.
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2017 Volvo V90 R-Design
It’s only been four short months since the 2017 Volvo V90 made its debut at the 2016 Geneva International Auto Show, and Volvo is already dropping details on its respective R-Design performance model. Under the R-Design name, the V90 gets a little sportier, with a new set of wheels, new front fascia, a new radiator grille, and some new exterior trim elements. Inside, the car gets new pedals and mats to go with new trim inserts and a new steering wheel. According to Volvo, the interior also gets a “high-level interior illumination package that radiates attention to detail.” But although the V90 R-Design is “performance inspired,” no upgrades were made under the hood.
Regardless of the lack of performance specs, the exterior package does give us some things to talk about. It wasn’t that long ago that the word “sporty” and “Volvo” could never be found in the same sentence, but Volvo has upped its game in recent years and is now pushing to compete with the big boys of luxury. And that is oh so evident looking at the R-Design package on the new V90. That might mislead you to believe there is massive change over the standard V90, but don’t be confused, because there really isn’t much. There is, however, just the right mix of aggression and sports appeal – at least for a wagon, anyway.
With that said, let’s take a closer look at the V90 R-Design and go over all the fine details. It may very well be the model that turns your attention back to the all-but-dead station wagon segment.
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2016 Volvo S90 And V90 With Polestar Performance Optimization Package
The Volvo S90 was launched in 2016 as a replacement for the aging S80 and revived a nameplate the Swedish brand last used in 1998. The new sedan is not only larger than its predecessor, but also a significant departure in terms of design. The exterior styling is based on the new language introduced with the XC90, while the interior takes the sedan up a couple of steps on the premium ladder, bringing it in line with similar offerings from BMW and Mercedes-Benz. As promised a few years ago, the engine lineup consists only of small-displacement, four-cylinder powerplants. But, while they might not sound as good as Volvo’s old V-8, they deliver a lot of oomph and return impressive fuel economy in most configurations. The V90 is offered in identical specifications, but with a boxier, wagon rear end instead of the sedan’s coupe-like design.
With both the sedan and station wagon already on sale globally, Volvo is busy creating all sorts of versions based on its range-topping, non-SUV model. The most important addition to the lineup will arrive in the form of Polestar-badged vehicles with sportier exteriors and beefed-up drivetrains, but the company wants to bridge the gap with a few models that offer increased performance without the aggressive appearance of a proper Polestar. This strategy isn’t new, but for the new generation of cars, Volvo wants to add more upgrades to the drivetrain and not just a bit more horsepower and torque.
The first warmed-up Volvos are set to arrive in October 2016 and, while details about what they will bring to the table are still scarce, the company has published the first official photos.
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