Volvo V40 Cross Country Gets Off-Road Style: Paris Motor Show Preview

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

Inspired by the original Volvo Cross Country model, the V70, the Swedish automaker has announced a new iteration of its newest V40 model.

“The new V40 Cross Country is built on the heritage that started with the V70 Cross Country back in 1997,” says company product planning boss Lex Kerssemakers. “It is designed for those who want a sense of adventure in their everyday life.”

Taking the premium compact hatchback the Cross Country adds some off-road styling with roof-rails, new front and rear bumpers with a honeycomb grille up front and a rear integrated skid plate, plus rugged side sills and wheels as large as 19-inches.

AWD and Hill Descent Control will come as standard on the T5 gasoline model, which produces 254-hp and will hit 60 mph in just 6.0 seconds. Several other engines are offered including a T4 gas engine and a 1.6-liter diesel rated at 51 mpg. An ultra-efficient D2 model will get a 115-hp diesel capable of 74 mpg – thanks in part to a start-stop system which is also included on all models.

Versatility is a big part of the V40 Cross Country and so it comes packaged with a 60/40 split rear seat and an extra floor insert to create a hidden storage area. And thinking of its customers, Volvo even went so far as to create a drained storage unit in the front door panels, designed to hold an ice scraper.

In addition, all models get Bluetooth, City Safety auto-braking and the world’s first pedestrian airbag.

Shown here in a new Raw Copper color, Volvo will focus the V40 Cross Country on the European and Chinese markets and has not said if it will be offered in North America, where the standard V40 model currently isn’t included in the brand’s lineup.

Volvo will showcase it’s new V40 Cross Country model at the upcoming Paris Auto Show.

GALLERY: Volvo V40 Cross Country

Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. He has won numerous automotive journalism awards including the Best Video Journalism Award in 2014 and 2015 from the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Colum founded Geared Content Studios, VerticalScope's in-house branded content division and works to find ways to integrate brands organically into content.

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