Building on its long-running expertise in rugged, off-road capable family estate cars, Volvo has unveiled the latest addition to the line-up, the new V60 Cross Country.

As you’d expect, the typical Cross Country styling pre-requisites are all there – the black plastic wheel-arch and sill extensions, the re-profiled bumpers and the faux skid plates front and rear.

These are joined by the more practical engineering changes, such as the 75mm increase in ground clearance, the off-road-centric suspension, and all-wheel-drive as standard.

Added to this are Hill Descent Control, Electronic Stability Control, Corner Traction Control and a special Off-Road driving mode.

The usual suite of Volvo safety and driver assistance aids also make an appearance, such as Pilot Assist, Run-off Road Mitigation, Oncoming Lane Mitigation and City Safety with Autobrake.

Cross Traffic Alert with Autobrake will be available as an option.

To begin with, the new V60 Cross Country will launch only with the D4 diesel engine, although mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid models are expected to follow later.

Prices start at £38,270.

Alex Kefford

Editor

Freelance journalist, ex-offroad driving instructor and long distance road-tripper. If you have any questions about this piece, feel free to hit me up on Twitter.