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2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country Coming to Detroit Auto Show

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/8/2015 Jake Holmes
2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country Coming to Detroit Auto Show

The Volvo S60 sedan is getting a little more rough-and-tumble. On the heels of the V60 Cross Country wagon at the 2014 Los Angeles auto show, the 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country makes its public debut at the 2015 Detroit auto show. Volvo says the new model imbues its sedan with the virtues and capabilities of a crossover; while high-riding, toughened wagons are common (the Subaru XV Crosstrek, Audi Allroad, and similar), a soft-roading sedan is an unusual idea. Still, Subaru once offered a Legacy Outback sedan, so it's not without precedent.

As with the V60, the 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country is slightly modified from the regular sedan to better cope with mild off-roading. Its suspension is raised 2.5 inches compared to the standard sedan, and plastic cladding protects the car's fenders. The available 18- and 19-inch wheels come with high-profile tires to better cope with rugged use, and in the U.S. the S60 Cross Country will be offered only with all-wheel drive.

2015 Volvo S60 Cross Country© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Volvo S60 Cross Country
"The S60 Cross Country is the sole contender in the crossover sedan segment," Volvo senior vice president for sales and marketing Alain Visser said in a statement. "We have identified a clear niche in the market for a more capable sedan with rugged styling cues and a higher stance."

2015 Volvo S60 Cross Country© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Volvo S60 Cross Country When it goes on sale in the U.S. this summer, the 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country will initially be offered with the sedan's 250-hp, 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-five T5 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Later on in the vehicle's life, we expect it to also offer the 2.0-liter turbo-four T5 Drive-E engine and eight-speed automatic that return up 25/37 mpg (city/highway) in the regular S60 sedan, as well as either Volvo's T6 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six or the new T6 Drive-E twincharged 2.0-liter inline-four. 2015 Volvo S60 Cross Country© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Volvo S60 Cross Country

Pricing and other details on the 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country will be announced closer to the time it goes on sale alongside the V60 Cross Country this summer. The cheapest all-wheel-drive S60 sedan currently on sale, the 2015 S60 T5 AWD, starts at $36,175 with destination.

Source: Volvo

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