V90 Cross Country wins new admirers for Volvo in Los Angeles

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VOLVO’S eagerly-awaited V90 Cross Country is attracting many admiring glances at the Los Angeles motor show.

Håkan Samuelsson, president and CEO, Volvo Car Group, said when the car was unveiled in September: ‘The V90 Cross Country takes the elegance of the V90 and transforms it into an all-road car that delivers safety, comfort and performance in a capable and adventurous package.’

With some of the harshest winters on the planet and more than 77 per cent of the country covered in forest and lakes, Sweden is the ideal place to develop and test extreme durability and all-weather-capable cars.

This hard-won expertise represents a large part of Volvo Cars’ heritage, reflected in the company’s Cross Country model line-up.

Dr Peter Mertens, senior vice president for research and development at Volvo Cars, said: ‘Our cars are well known for their safety, strength and durability.

‘With All-Wheel Drive, increased ride height and a chassis optimised 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.’

With Volvo Cars’ Scalable Product Architecture providing the underpinnings, the V90 Cross Country has undergone rigorous testing to ensure that it can survive the extremes in which it will ultimately find itself.

From secret testing facilities in the frozen north of Sweden, where temperatures regularly hit -40 degrees centigrade, to the searing desert heat of Arizona, where Volvo Cars performs its high-temperature testing programme, the V90 Cross Country has been built to last.

The car is being built at Volvo Cars’ Torslanda plant in Sweden.

UK prices will be announced before the end of the year and first deliveries are expected early in 2017.

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