Broadening the scope of its original on/off-road-oriented wagons, the 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country will be the automaker's first luxury sedan to wear that iconic name - and to offer the same level of active-lifestyle capability. Getting its global unveiling at the Detroit Auto Show, this new runningmate to the recently introduced 2015.5 V60 Cross Country wagon is due to arrive in showrooms here in the summer. Alain Visser, Senior Vice President Sales, Marketing and Customer Service says Volvo created the S60 Cross Country to fill an empty niche in the market for a luxurious crossover sedan that combines rugged design cues and a high profile that can deliver the kind of benefits found in a conventional crossover.

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Like its wagon counterpart first seen last November in Los Angeles, U.S.-spec versions of the 2016 S60 Cross Country will feature standard all-wheel drive and have suspension revisions raising its ride height by 2.5 inches. Other visual include a restyle grille insert and lower front fascia details, plastic fender spats, a unique side sill treatment and a choice of aggressively styled 18-inch and 19-inch wheels wrapped in high-profile tires that help protect the rims from damage while adding comfort and reducing road noise. 

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At launch, the new S60 Cross Country will be fitted with Volvo's inline-5 gasoline engine rated at 250 horsepower and mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Like all other members of the automaker's lineup, expect to see the new family of Drive-E 4-cylinder turbo engines backed by an 8-speed autoshifter eventually added. Pricing for the 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country will be announced closer to its on-sale date, but is expected to start around $40,000. 

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