Ma­cho Cross Coun­try joins Volvo V60 range

The Star Early Edition - - NEW MODELS - MO­TOR­ING STAFF

THE V60 sportswagon is the lat­est Volvo to don hik­ing boots and get the Cross Coun­try treat­ment.

The V60 Cross Coun­try gets side scuff plates and fen­der ex­ten­ders for the oblig­a­tory rugged look, but it’s not just a cos­metic ex­er­cise and the ad­di­tional 65mm ground clear­ance over a stan­dard V60, com­bined with higher-pro­file tyres and front and rear skid plates, make the car ca­pa­ble of climb­ing higher kerbs and tack­ling rougher roads.

The in­te­rior makeover com­prises sports seats with brown stitch­ing as well as the op­tion of new two-tone leather up­hol­stery.

Volvo says the car, which makes its in­ter­na­tional de­but at the Los An­ge­les Mo­tor Show later this month, caters to buy­ers with “an ac­tive life­style, favour dirt roads over paved, and want a car that han­dles ei­ther with ease”.

To sell along­side the smaller V40 Cross Coun­try al­ready avail­able here, the new Volvo V60 Cross Coun­try will ar­rive in South Africa in the sec­ond half of 2015. It will sell in two all-wheel-drive de­riv­a­tives, the 2-litre tur­bod­iesel D4 au­to­matic (130kW) and the 2-litre petrol turbo T5 au­to­matic (187kW).

More de­tails about spec­i­fi­ca­tion and pric­ing will be avail­able closer to the lo­cal launch.

Volvo’s V60 Cross Coun­try will make its de­but at Los An­ge­les Mo­tor Show.

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