Volvo plans to appeal to adventurous types at the Paris Motor Show with a mildly tweaked version of its V40 wagon called the V40 Cross Country. Compared to the normally sleek V40, the Cross Country is supposed to be more rugged and better suited to small off-road excursions.
The main differences include a suspension that has been raised 1.6 inches compared to a standard Volvo V40, larger wheels from the V70 wagon, a unique black front bumper with a mesh grille, a new rear bumper with a visible silver skid plate, prominent silver side skid plates, and a special Raw Copper launch color. The chrome trim around the greenhouse and the mirrors have been painted gloss black, and chrome roof rails are standard.Inside, Volvo dresses up the V40 Cross Country with Copper Dawn trim pieces for the center stack, and five choices of leather upholstery.
"[The V40 Cross Country] is designed for those who want a sense of adventure in their everyday life," Volvo's senior vice president of product strategy Lex Kerssemakers said in a statement. "When you want a break from the city, it is capable enough to take you and your gear to your favorite adventure and back."
Aside from these changes, the Cross Country is identical to any other Volvo V40. The wagon bowed at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year and is offered with several different engines. Gasoline options comprise a 254-hp turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-five, a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-five with 180 hp or 213 hp, and a turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four with 180 hp. Diesel fans can pick from 2.0-liter turbodiesels tuned for 177 hp and 150 hp, and a 1.6-liter turbodiesel with 115 hp. All engines have a stop-start feature. The five-cylinder gasoline engines can be paired with all-wheel-drive, which includes Hill Descent Control.
In typical Volvo fashion, the V40 sports a range of safety features including the company's well-known City Safety automatic braking system, and even a pedestrian airbag. The company also has shown off a sportier V40 R-Design model, which has a lowered and stiffened suspension, different body parts, and new wheels. Volvo expects about 10 percent of all V40 buyers to opt for the R-Design version.
The Volvo V40 Cross Country goes into production in November. Volvo expects to sell about 17,000 units annually, with 50 percent of those destined for Europe and another 30 percent slated for the Chinese market. Sadly, the V40 won't be sold in the U.S. in any form, depriving us once again of one of Europe's most appealing station wagons.