Touring with the Volvo V90 Cross Country
For any Volvo enthusiast, the words “Cross Country” sends a sensual tingle in their spine. According to Volvo Cars, its instrumental role in defining the adventurous Cross Country segment is widely acknowledged. With the introduction of the V90 Cross Country, has completed its 90 Series line-up. This writer took the new Volvo V90 Cross Country to the winding roads of Kennon Road up north and all the way to the back roads of Tagaytay and it did not disappoint.
The key difference of all Cross Country models is its increased ground clearance. Designed to enable off-road capability in all seasons, The V90 Cross Country has been raised by 65 millimeters when compared to the V90. This increased approach and departure angle helps to protect the front and rear in steep slopes and on uneven surfaces.
Outside, the V90 Cross Country’s familiar Volvo lines offer an elegant silhouette of a well-tailored wagon and its increased ground clearance is a foresight of what to expect from a very capable and dynamic all-roader. On the inside, just like its V90 sibling, passengers are welcomed with a sumptuous and luxurious interior that has all the benefits of the connectivity and entertainment features that were launched with the new S90, including a high-end sound system by Bowers & Wilkins.
“Our cars are well known for their safety, strength and durability. With All-Wheel Drive, increased ride height, and a chassis optimized for comfort and control in all weather and road conditions, the new V90 Cross Country takes our versatile V90 estate and adds the heart of an explorer,” said Dr. Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research & Development at Volvo Cars.
“Volvo Cars’ Drive-E powertrain technology is focused squarely on delivering responsive power, clean efficiency and an exceptional driving experience. We achieve this with our compactly-designed engines, advanced boosting solutions and a firm commitment to electrification across our portfolio,” adds Dr. Peter Mertens. Locally, the V90 Cross Country will initially be available with an 8-speed AWD, 2.0L in-line 4-cylinder twin turbo diesel spewing 235hp/ 4000 rpm and 480Nm of torque at 1750-2250 rpm.
The V90 Cross Country’s all-wheel drive system uses a compact and lightweight coupling to distribute the engine’s power between the front and rear wheels, giving the car a true go-anywhere capability. In dry road conditions, most of the power goes to the front wheels. But the system constantly calculates the need for power to the rear wheels and can instantly redistribute up to 50% of the engine’s power depending on the road conditions. This efficient distribution of power means that all-wheel drive variants of the new V90 Cross Country have lower fuel costs and CO2 emissions than more traditional types of four-wheel drive systems.
Its Pilot Assist makes everyday driving easier, this useful driver aid helps its drivers reach their destination safely, relaxed and still in control. At highways speeds, the Pilot Assist automatically maintains a set speed or distance to the car in front, as well as giving gentle steering inputs to keep the car properly aligned within lane markings to avoid lane swerving and keeping the car in line.
For more information about the Volvo V90 or any of its models, visit any of its dealer showrooms nationwide – Volvo Alabang at 104-105 Westgate Center, Filinvest Alabang, Volvo Cebu at A.S. Fortuna Street, Banilad, Mandaue City, Cebu, Volvo Iloilo at Cuartero Highway, Jaro Iloilo City, Volvo Makati at 2272 Don Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City and Volvo North EDSA at Two Cyberpod, Eton Centris EDSA corner Quezon Avenue, Quezon City.