Making its world debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2015.5 Volvo V60 Cross Country adds a new dimension of all-wheel-drive appeal to active-lifestyle buyers. Matching a bolder appearance with functional upgrades, this compact wagon carries on a tradition that began back in 1997 when Volvo introduced its original on/off-road wagon, the V70 Cross Country.

To help it look the part, the new V60 Cross Country features new front/rear skid plates, side scuff sills and fender extensions. It also boasts 2.6 inches of extra ground clearance and standard Hill Descent Control that offers the driver an added measure of confidence and control on steep downgrades. Finally, the new Cross Country rides on 18-inch or available 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in "high-profile" tires that serve to better protect these lightweight rims from unforeseen rocks and ruts while enhancing ride comfort and lowering cabin noise levels on all road surfaces.

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T5 AWD bows first

Although Volvo's new Drive-E 4-cylinder engine family is sure to figure in the V60 Cross Country's future, initially, this all-weather wagon will arrive in the U.S. in a T5 AWD configuration that pairs the existing 2.5-liter turbocharged 5-cylinder with a 6-speed Geartronic automatic. It's a combo will carry a 23-mpg combined EPA rating.    

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Inside, the V60 Cross Country comes kit with the automaker's new Sensus Connect and Volvo On-Call systems. Seats trimmed in black leather with brown contrast stitching also are on tap, but two-tone leather choices will be available shortly after the vehicle launches here. The 2015.5 Volvo V60 Cross Country will arrive in showrooms starting early next year, and pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date. 

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