Estate cars right or rather I would say Airport Wagons, this is the segment of cars that is less popular among Indian car buyers… why? Because of the booming, much practical and dominating class of cars called SUV’s. Now Volvo wants to make its mark in the automotive industry as Volvo is launching the all-new V90 Estate in its Cross Country version which means that SUV like characteristics and sedan like comfort and features will be offered in an estate car. They have introduced the V90 Cross Country on 12th of July this year and it is incredibly a bold move by Volvo knowing the fact that most of the previous attempts from different car makers in the Station wagon segment were unsuccessful.
However, the Indian car market has evolved and priorities of car buyers has undergone a massive change over time as the buyers now demand for practical as well as luxury cars with best safety features and enough space to store even the biggest of their luggage. The V90 is doing pretty good job for Volvo in international markets but then will the Cross Country be able to make its mark in the Indian auto market. Let’s check it out.
2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country Version Design & Exteriors
First look at the Volvo V90 Cross Country and the sleek headlamps with Thor’s Hammer design LED lights grasps one’s attention helps V90 to make its presence on the road. The front grille features vertically stacked black bars with chrome touches somewhat identical to the chrome bars on the S90 sedan. That’s not it as the bottom portion of the front bumper give it an aggressive look with angular creases and brushed silver lower panel to give it a Sporty look. All these cosmetic upgrades helps V90 to express that it is meant to give true off- road experience whenever and wherever needed.
At the sides, the massive 20-inch alloy wheels will grasp your attention and along with the suspension system it gets up to 268 mm of ground clearance. The body structure of V90 is signature station wagon body is set just right in proportions to give an SUV like feel in a so called station wagon.
At its booty the Swedish Car Maker has nicely laid its signature L shaped vertical tail lamps identical to those in XC90 to ensure a complete package. The Overall styling and the fit & finish on this one is quite impressive.
The new V90 Cross Country is based on the lightweight Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform which is also equipped with a four-wheel-drive.
The V90 Cross Country measures a whopping 4,936 mm in length while the 1,879 mm in width which is generous amount of space for passengers. It has 1,475 mm height with wheelbase of 2,941 mm make the space factor highly desirable. It comes with a huge boot space of 560 litres, ready to engulf everything.
2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country Interiors
Step into the V90 Cross Country and it welcomes you with a interiors that are possibly the best in class and takes the luxury with intelligent systems laid so neatly, to a whole new level of excellence, just like the flagship S90 sedan. However there are some change like the V90 comes with beige leather and walnut combination a number of different trims such as amber, maroon brown or charcoal-leather with aluminium mesh trim are also offered in V90 Cross Country.
In a nutshell, the cabin of V90 is Premium as it has plush interiors with top-notch soft touches of leather used all around the cabin that nicely cocoon’s us in itself, further it has adjustable vertical air conditioning vents, large tablet-sized touchscreen infotainment system placed in the centre console between the AC vents and thus helps minimize the number of buttons in the cabin and lets the passengers to access all the functions in simple and smart manner with a top-notch build quality.
The Seats in the V90 are shaped well and are very comfortable. Cushioning is dome where ever it is needed to provide great amount of comfort to passenger. Not only cushioning but the seats also include the massage functions to keep passengers relaxed all over their journey. The front seats are also cooled and get electrically adjusted for lateral, thigh and lumbar support.
The V90 also comes with a panoramic sunroof feature that occupants will love on a long journey. A four-zone climate control, woven aluminium trim with leather choice, electric tailgate, Bowers and Wilkins music system with subwoofer that are probably the best in sound quality are some of the features Volvo provides with the V90 Cross Country.
PRICE OF THE 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country IN INDIA
Now the V90 Cross Country is priced at Rs. 63.67 lakh
|New 2017 V90 Cross Country||Ex-showroom Price|
|Diesel (automatic)||Rs. 63.67 Lakh|
Features of 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country
Now Volvo is a safety pioneer in the Car manufactures, has packed the V90 Cross Country with lots of practicality and features. In terms of assisting the drivers electronically as well, loads of thought has been put into bringing out the best possible package. There is a power-operated tailgate and the massage functions on front seats.
Volvo has introduced Radar-assisted safety system on the V90 Cross Country, which is designed to avoid collision. Also, the spin control avoids the car from spinning around on loose surface while other standard features like traction control and lane keep system helps in better daily driving experience.
Some other features in the car are adaptive cruise control, Pilot Assist, city safety with steer assist, road edge detection, lane keeping aid, run-off road protection, full length inflatable curtains, spin control, oncoming lane mitigation, engine drag control and corner traction control.
2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country Engine and Performance:
The Volvo V90 Cross country comes equipped with the XC90’s D5 diesel engine that generates 235 horses and 485 NM of torque, that’s probably the most powerful engines in India. Now to avoid turbo lags, Volvo has used Power Pulse technology that helps in kicking the turbo in at even low rpms, which helps it provide smoother and power packed ride quality.
Now the V90 is equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission that ensures the gear-shifting smoother. However, the downshifts are not that responsive. If you want to play hard, you can drive the car in Corsa mode and make the drive sportier by using paddle shifters. It touches the 200 kmph mark very easily with its so called powerful engine and can even go further.
|Engine Type||1969cc D5 Diesel|
|Max Power||235bhp @ 4250 rpm|
|Transmission Type||8-speed Automatic 4WD,AWD|
2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country Ride Quality and Dynamics:
The V90 Cross Country comes with four driving mode namely Eco, Comfort, Dynamic and Off-road mode. Eco mode can be put to use in heavy traffic and city condition as it softens the engine response and delivers more fuel economy. Comfort mode makes car little more responsive, however, dynamic modes makes the car feel sportier and makes the steering feel more agile. The Off-road mode assists you to drive on bad roads and muddy tracks.
The key factor for such an amazing ride quality is the suspension on the car i.e. the air suspension at the rear and double wishbones in the front, the ride feels smooth and relaxing at most of the times. But while in off-road mode the ground clearance increases to 210 mm to make the ride more comfortable also the Volvo’s AWD helps to pass through off road patches easily.
The cabin insulation in the V90 CC works perfectly and isolates us from any noise from surroundings or engine even at higher speeds. The orthopaedic seats on the V90 makes the ride quality on this airport wagon even more relaxed and calm.
So, will the V90 Cross Country make its place in the Indian car market, where for such a price bracket people choose to go for an SUV or a luxury sedan. Well this cannot be predicted. But the fact that the V90 in its cross country guise offers a dozen of features with the top notch luxury and safety it offers it might be your choice.
There are no rivals to this car in India in this segment currently but if V90 CC does well in Indian market, there might be the options in near future. So, if you are planning to buy a new luxury car with some off-roading & SUV like characteristics and are comfortable with Airport Wagon then it could be the best option available for you.