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Volvo Car Corporation paved the way for a totally new segment with the V70 Cross Country already in 1997. Now, 15 years later, the new Volvo V40 Cross Country brings the unique blend of capable ruggedness and expressive elegance up to a new altitude by establishing a Cross Country in the Premium C-segment.

"The new V40 Cross Country is built on the heritage that started with the V70 Cross Country back in 1997. It is designed for those who want a sense of adventure in their everyday life," says Lex Kerssemakers, Senior Vice President Product Strategy & Vehicle Line Management at Volvo Car Corporation. He adds: "And when you want a break from the city, it is capable enough to take you and your gear to your favourite adventure and back. However, you still need to climb the mountain yourself,"

Capable all-roader

When the Volvo XC-models happily flex their muscles, the V40 Cross Country boasts a sleek ruggedness with its unique features integrated in the stylish design.

"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."

The driver rides 40 mm higher in the V40 Cross Country than in the standard V40. This capable impression is enhanced by a number of unique Cross Country details:

  • Wheels with the same size as the Volvo V70, including up to 19-inch rims.
  • The front with dark, contrasting bumper, honeycomb mesh grille and upright DRL-lights.
  • The sculpted, contrasting sills.
  • The contrasting rear bumper with integrated skid plate.
  • Elegant, refined premium crossover

Yet, the five-door, five-seat premium all-roader features refined off-road inspired details such as the anodized, black high-gloss frame around the greenhouse, the black rear-view mirror housings and the sleek rails floating over the roof.

"The V40 Cross Country retains its V40 stylishness by integrating the ruggedness in the design with meticulous attention to detail. It has en extrovert, expressive character that promises the open-minded adventurer a great time," says Simon Lamarre, exterior design manager for the V40 Cross Country.

Copper and brown theme

Inside, the Raw Copper exterior launch colour is echoed in the contrasting stitching - and it can be emphasised even further by choosing the Copper Dawn centre stack inlay. The leather upholstery comes in five different versions, including the Espresso Brown accent colour.

"Our customers are individualists, so we want to offer them a lot of possibilities. All choices feature the same strong, emotional expression as the exterior of the car," says Maria Uggla, colour & material design manager for the V40 Cross Country. She adds: "The two-tone upholstery alternatives are the perfect choices for those who want a truly individual look. There is a generous range of individual possibilities. Dark elegance? Scandinavian bright? Sporty ruggedness? Just choose the interior that fits your personality best,"

Versatility for open-ended adventures

The V40 Cross Country offers thrill-seeking customers the right versatility to bring both friends and gear along on an open-ended adventure.

The two-piece, 40/60, rear seat backrest can be easily folded. The load compartment can be equipped with a practical hanging load net. A soft safety net is optional and a steel version is available as an accessory.

The car can be equipped with a versatile "extra" floor in the load compartment. It creates several useful possibilities:

  • Fold it up - and get a grocery holder.
  • Fold it away - and get best luggage volume.
  • Flat floor - load long stuff.
  • Flip it over for protecting and maximize the volume.

The front passenger seat can be folded forward to create even more space. In addition to the two permanent hooks, the extra floor integrates hooks for bags. Between the upper and lower floors there is a concealed storage area.

The accessory range includes a "Cargo Mat Organiser" that keeps smaller items secure and in order, as well as a "Load Organiser" that includes a load compartment divider, a load belt and two floor rails.

Smart storage

Below the armrest is a storage compartment suitable for CDs and other small items. It also features a connector for either USB/iPod or AUX, depending on the audio system specified. The armrest can be adjusted to provide extra support for the driver. Two cup-holders and a 12V power outlet are integrated in the console in front of the armrest.

The glove compartment includes space for two soft-drinks cans or bottles that are kept cool with cold air from the Electronic Climate Control system. Other convenient features:

  • Height adjustable headrests on the front seats and the centre 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.
Another smart detail for the keen winter adventurer is the specially designed, drained storage unit for an ice scraper in both front door panels.

Seven different mood light options

The interior lighting is designed to give a "theatre lighting" feel. LED lamps are used to light up strategic areas. The driver can enjoy a red-to-blue setting that adapts the light to the interior temperature - or choose between another seven mood themes. The reading lights front and rear can be dimmed.

All Wheel Drive enhances capability

The V40 Cross Country features class-leading driving dynamics with All Wheel Drive available on the T5 petrol turbo to enhance the all-road, all-weather capability.

The five-cylinder 2.5-litre T5 engine has a power output of 254 hp and 400 Nm of torque, including 40 Nm overboost delivered during acceleration. It comes with automatic transmission and acceleration from 0-100 km/h takes 6.1 seconds. Fuel consumption is 7.8 l/100 km (EU Combined).

The T5 is also available in a 2.0-litre version with 213 hp and 300 Nm of torque on certain markets.

There is also the T4, a 1.6-litre GTDi engine with 180 horsepower and maximum torque of 270 Nm, including 30 Nm overboost. Fuel consumption is 5.5 l/100 km. This corresponds to CO2 emissions of 129 g/km.

A 2.0-litre five-cylinder T4 engine with 180 hp and 300 Nm of torque is available on certain markets.

Smooth Powershift transmission

The T5 version comes with a six-speed automatic gearbox, while the T4 is available in combination with the automatic six-speed Powershift transmission or a six-speed manual gearbox.

Powershift operates in principle as two parallel manual gearboxes with separate clutches, a system that provides quick and fuel-saving gear changes.

Fuel-efficient diesels

The five-cylinder 2.0-litre D4 turbodiesel has been optimised for fuel-efficient driving pleasure. It delivers 177 hp and has torque of 400 Nm across a wide rpm range. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h takes 8.3 seconds with the automatic gearbox (8.6 sec with manual). Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are 4.4 l/100 km (117 g/km) with a manual gearbox and 5.2 l/100 km (137 g/km) with the automatic (EU Combined).

In addition there is the 2.0-litre D3 producing 150 hp and 350 Nm of torque. Both turbodiesels are available with a six-speed automatic transmission or six-speed manual gearbox.

D2 version with class leading CO2 emissions of 99 g/km

The D2 version of the V40 Cross Country comes with CO2 emissions at a class-leading 99 g/km - corresponding to fuel consumption of just 3.8 l/100 km. The 1.6-litre diesel engine has 115 hp and 285 Nm of torque, including 15 Nm overboost. The D2 engine is combined with a six-speed manual gearbox and start/stop function.

Start-stop on all versions

All engine versions have start-stop and braking energy regeneration, no matter whether they are fitted with a manual or automatic gearbox.

Hill Descent Control

To make altitude-changing adventures more comfortable for the driver, the V40 Cross Country also features Hill Descent Control on the T5 version with All Wheel Drive, which controls the car's speed automatically when driving down steep inclines. The V40 Cross Country also has a practical Hill Hold function that makes starting in a hill easy.

Focus on Europe and China

Volvo Car Corporation expects to sell 17,000 units per year of the new Volvo V40 Cross Country. Around 50 percent of the total volume will go to European customers and around 30 percent to Chinese buyers.

The V40 Cross Country will be built in Volvo Car Corporation's production plant in Ghent, Belgium. Production gets under way in November 2012.
 

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.....so....US bound?....no? .....yes?

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They'd have to be stupid not to. Let's face it, it's a product. They need product to sell here. Having said that, 20% of capacity ain't much left for the rest of the world...we'd be fighting australia, India, south africa, all of which will no doubt get it....ie I'm not holding my breath.



Edit: actually motor authority is saying no US. Volvo has just pissed me off. I guess I'll be going over to the Audi q3 or x1 for my next ride.


So Grecian? How about all those new models Volvo is bringing here? No xc40 means what?... another 1-2 years before we can even talk about a new xc90/S80/xc70. This means Volvo will continue to ride on s60/xc60 fumes until 2014, as the s80/xc70/xc90 are older than dust by now and the C30/C70 are basically done. Putting all their North American eggs in the S60 and XC60 basket for nearly 2 years just doesnt make much business sense if you ask me....but I guess they didnt ask me, so whatevs.
 

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Probably not...otherwise there would be a US release and all the specs wouldn't be in strange languages like Nm's and L's
You mean the METRIC system.... What 95% of the world uses.... :mad:

As for North America, I really doubt that this model, yet again, will make it here. At times I think Volvo wants Canada (in my case) to sink... Oh well.
 

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I guess I'll be going over to the Audi q3 or x1.
The X1 is not a bad little car, a tad pricey but not bad at all. If Volvo doesn't bring the V or XC 40 here that's the direction I'm going.
 

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The X1 is not a bad little car, a tad pricey but not bad at all. If Volvo doesn't bring the V or XC 40 here that's the direction I'm going.
The X1 is and amazing car! But I'd have to go for whatever the next 1 series coupe is with the N20 just cause I'm not really a big fan of the extra ride height, kinda scared of tipping over here, hehe.
Imho, they're stupid enough for not bringing the normal V40 here, they'd be even more so not bringing this one. 2 new models (3 if you count the V60), yet they're dumb enough not to give the US market a chance with these new cars. Its like trying to make a spicy dish without the heat.

If that Volvo US account is here reading this, you guys are out of your mind. Whoever's running the show and doing the adverts needs to get fired or needs to jump a cliff. New product--even in limited numbers--will bring customers and apparently you guys don't understand that not everyone wants a tall SUV or something with a trunk.
 

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If that Volvo US account is here reading this, you guys are out of your mind. Whoever's running the show and doing the adverts needs to get fired or needs to jump a cliff. New product--even in limited numbers--will bring customers and apparently you guys don't understand that not everyone wants a tall SUV or something with a trunk.
And if the answer to the above is that it is too expensive, to build in Europe and transport here, then do what every other car maker is doing. Build a plant in the US and reduce cost. If Volvo wants to appeal to a wider range of potential customers then give them a nice well equipped premium entry level vehicle like the V40/XC40. It's not rocket science you know!!!
 

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And if the answer to the above is that it is too expensive, to build in Europe and transport here, then do what every other car maker is doing. Build a plant in the US and reduce cost. If Volvo wants to appeal to a wider range of potential customers then give them a nice well equipped premium entry level vehicle like the V40/XC40. It's not rocket science you know!!!
I bet they'll just repeat that "too expensive to build and transport" or "Americans don't buy wagons and hatchbacks" deal. Seriously sick of those lines. VCNA needs to grow a pair and take risks.
 

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I don't care if it comes to the US, but I do hope they will pair the Powershift with a high performance engine and bring all of the other features of the V40 to some US vehicles soon. At this point I'm hoping the new XC90 shows up at Paris still, and that it comes with all this and more. (And that I can afford it.) (I also want all the new features in the S60/XC60 in case I don't like the new XC90 when I drive it.)
 

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Anyone else find it interesting that they also went back to the Cross Country title instead of of calling it the XC40? The article states its because they want the XC title to be their cross over title. So....why is the XC70 still called the XC70? Shouldn't it be called the V70 Cross Country now?
 

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Anyone else find it interesting that they also went back to the Cross Country title instead of of calling it the XC40? The article states its because they want the XC title to be their cross over title. So....why is the XC70 still called the XC70? Shouldn't it be called the V70 Cross Country now?
May also be just branding in the USA vs the rest of the world. I would think they would keep the XC line up as it is.
 

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I think they went with a cross country variant because demensionally it might have looked weird if it sat much higher. The xc70 actually sits a good bit higher than v70 and has reasonable off road cred. This is only 40 mm higher than a v40. I think there would be room for a v60 cross country as well. I would love a v60 not as high and top heavy as an xc60. I could see it being a good replacement for the xc70 in north America. More like an Audi allroad.
 

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I think the went with a cross country variant because demensionally it might have looked weird f it sat much higher. The xc70 actually sits a good bit higher than v70 and has reasonable off road cred. This is 40 mm higher. I think there would be room for a v60 cross country as well. I would love a v60 not as high and top heavy as an xc60. I could see it being a good replacement for the xc70 in north America. More like an Audi allroad.
I would love for them to remove the XC70 completely and just bring in the V60 wagon and hybrid(hybrid taking care of the AWD needs)
 

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Agreeed v60 would be best, but I would take a cross country v60. At this point there isnt a wagon that I want. They are all too long, or high and bulky, or not available with AWD. I would consider a Acura TSX wagon but no AWD. Allroads are too $$$. XC60/xc70 too high and bulky and fuel guzzling. I wont touch a Merc. BMW's irritate me with the options and the stupid run flats (even on the x1 now btw). there just really isnt anything out there for me to trade to. so for now I stick with the C30.
 

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Who knows what they are doing. Within a few years the entire lineup will supposedly be completely different. I wouldn't be surprised if the XC90, being the first SPA vehicle, is the first of a new lineup looking something like this...

90 Series = Luxury
60 Series = Sport
40 Series = Compact Premium

So, no more XC70 and the new V90 Cross Country couldn't be called the XC90 because of the naming conflict. Instead, you treat it as a package...

Cross Country Package. Includes:
- Comfort Suspension w/ Increased Ground Clearance
- Special Styling Package with a Rugged Look
- All Wheel Drive

Similar to the R-Design Package, which includes:
- Sport Suspension w/ Lower Ground Clearance
- Special Styling Package with a Sporty Look
- Polestar Performance Package

I wouldn't even call this speculation. Just one possible reason.
 

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Why was anyone even getting their hopes up for getting the V40 Cross Country? It was stated LONG before the V40 was even announced that the U.S. would not be getting any variants... As much as it annoys me (because VCNA needs to grow a pair) it's not like this was unexpected.
 
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