Making its debut in 2012 Paris Auto Show, the 2013 Volvo V40 Cross Country adds another dimension to the automaker's compact wagon family. Owing much of its design heritage to the original V70 Cross Country model that arrived on the scene back in 1979, this latest iteration brings cosmetic and functional touches aimed at pleasing buyers "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. Unfortunately, like the regular V40, the newest Cross Country is not scheduled to be making an appearance in American showrooms.
Visually, the V40 Cross Country embodies its gentleman soft-roader persona with a number of low-key enhancements. Bolder/fascia bumper treatments, faux skid plates, more deeply sculpted side sills and black accenting complement its 1.6-inch taller ride height and aggressive wheel/tire fitments that range up to 19-inches. Inside, the V40 Cross Country boasts standard leather trim, including two-tone combos, seven different ambient lighting possibilities, a flat-folding 60/40 rear seat and a host of smart storage features. Like all V40's, it also will come with a full array of safety systems in addition to a robust inner structure that recently established a new benchmark for passenger protection in the European NCAP crash tests.
Available in front- or all-wheel drive, the 2013 Volvo V40 Cross Country will be offered with a variety of gasoline and turbodiesel engine choices, from a 180-horsepower/1.6-liter GTDi force-fed oil-burner to the range-topping T5 with a 5-clinder turbocharged gasoline engine that makes 245 ponies. All Cross Country models will be fitted with standard start-stop systems as well as braking energy regeneration circuitry and feature Hill Descent Control/Hill Hold.