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Volvo S60 Cross Country is a Modern Take on an Older Subaru, AMC Idea

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/12/2015 Zach Gale
Volvo S60 Cross Country is a Modern Take on an Older Subaru, AMC Idea

Volvo is following in the footsteps of AMC and Subaru with the S60 Cross Country, which debuts at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. While the AMC Eagle and sedan version of the Subaru Outback are long gone, the 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country might just be the right product at the right time.

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In the crossover-crazy United States, a sedan-based crossover-like all-wheel-drive vehicle isn't likely to become a sales leader, but a worthwhile fleet addition, nonetheless. And if the S60 Cross Country exceeds expectations, who knows, maybe Subaru will reenter the market with an Outback sedan...

2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country The 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country by the numbers :

2.5 - Inches the S60 is lifted above normal S60 sedans
0 - Number of front-drive models to be sold in the U.S., though other markets will have the option
250 - Horsepower of the inline-five-cylinder engine, but expect the new, more efficient 240-hp Drive-E engine to be available down the road
20 - Startlingly, that's roughly how much of the Swedish automotive market Volvo owns, but Swedes are more likely to dig the V60 Cross Country's wagon body style
12.0 - Cubic feet of the S60's trunk, suggesting that S60 Cross Country buyers might prioritize the car's increased ease of entry/exit and climbing up steep driveways over the wagon's greater functionality
100,000 - Number of total vehicle sales Volvo hopes to achieve in the U.S. during the 2015 calendar year - not many will be the S60 Cross Country. Though it's initially a limited-release variant, Volvo brand manager Joseph Haslem tells us the automaker is ready to shift the factory's production for more Cross Country sedans, if necessary. Chinese-made S60 Inscriptions (pictured below), by contrast, are expected to comprise about 20 percent of S60 sales

Haslem says that for Volvo, the S60 Cross Country is "an exercise of us expressing us," and we'd agree - not many automakers could pull off a car like it. Whether it's also a car many buyers actually want or whether it will go the way of the Outback sedan remains to be seen -- the S60 Cross Country arrives in U.S. dealerships this summer.

2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country
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