Volvo is after the success of the current Audi A6 Allroad and is prepared to launch a Cross Country version of the current V90 estate. The new model is set to replace the ageing V70, a model that was never the star of the Volvo range, but kept the brand alive in this segment.

Developed in 1996, the first Cross Country estate combined functional flexibility and rugged capability. Today, 20 years later, the Cross Country segment is a familiar sight across the premium car market.

Designed to cope with the demanding requirements of an extreme Scandinavian climate, Cross Country models perform on muddy tracks and knee-deep snow to long distance highway driving. Proving popular with horse and boat owners thanks to its high ground clearance, thanks to its permanent All-Wheel Drive, Cross Country has become an all-weather alternative to the SUV.

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“We were very careful from the very beginning to ensure that the Cross Country concept was not just an exercise in rugged styling. We placed high demands on real-world capability, and as we developed the segment we added the comfort and convenience elements that Volvo drivers have come to expect,” said Dr Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research & Development at Volvo Car Group.

The all new Volvo V90 Cross Country will be revealed in mid-September, and showcased during this year Paris Motor Show.