By on January 13, 2015

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Coming to a Volvo showroom this summer is the high-riding crossover-sedan hybrid (as in plants, not Prii) S60 Cross Country.

The S60 Cross Country receives a 2.5-inch lift above the standard S60, with the 250-horsepower T5 turbo-five powering all four corners. 18-inch wheels deliver the power to the road, with 19-inch wheels optional.

The S60 Cross Country will arrive in the United States, Canada, Russia and Europe in limited numbers beginning this summer.

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30 Comments on “NAIAS 2015: Volvo S60 Cross Country Bows...”


  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    *Blows

    There, fixed!

    $44,995 in limited color options, at your local Volvo dealer, wherever that is. Probably behind an abandoned Hardees/Carl’s Jr.

    Same interior they have been scraping by using since about 2006/2007. Matte paint to show the scratches extra quick! I was into this idea before, now I’m not after seeing it with real photos.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnnyFirebird

      I can’t see it being more expensive than the V60 CC. That’s $41000 in the US. As for dealerships, well, I’m sitting in one right now. Don’t make me cry. I’m making a sad face right now.

    • 0 avatar
      Splorg McGillicuddy

      I thought you were being hyperbolic until I looked. I kinda liked this vehicle but you’re right – the interior is a time machine.

      • 0 avatar
        JohnnyFirebird

        What would you cite as an example of a good interior? Not out of a need to argue, I’m just curious what the gold standard is. I’ve mostly been in economy cars and the German 3. I really like the post 2007 Volvo interiors: easy-to-understand layout, really good leather and seats, the newer Sensus screens are good to use. I’ve seen VW and Audi interiors get trashed way before their time so definitely not a fan of those – the last gen A3 in particular was a bad plastic one with inscrutable buttons. The current BMW interior (that’s in every car but the Z4) is irritating. Land Rover and Range Rover have amazing interiors and so did the one Rolls Royce I have ever been in.

        • 0 avatar
          heavy handle

          Here’s what I find wrong with this interior. First-off, and most obvious, it’s all one tepid shade of grey. It reminds me of a 1979 Malibu that way.

          The dash looks like one big blob of plastic, no shape, no strong lines, no tonal variations.

          All the buttons look really cheap. You can tell they will get shiny where you touch them, and get dull where you don’t. I realize that Volvo is Sweden’s Dodge, but that’s no excuse.

          The whole waterfall center console idea is 10 year out of date. It looks and feels cheap and it doesn’t work all that well.

          Overall, it feels unfinished. They could have worked the shapes more, they could have introduced different textures, and colors, they could have asked their suppliers to improve their finishes, but they didn’t.

          Good interiors in the same price category: I love the cheap Land Rover’s interior (LR4 in North America, Freelander elsewhere). The C Class also has a lovely interior with very nice detailing. I’ve never been all that keen on Audi and BMW interior design, but their materials do feel better than what Volvo is using.

        • 0 avatar
          Stumpaster

          I guess you work for a dealer. I understand your excitement, after all it is another lifted vehicle that you can sell instead of watching those hideous S60 front overhangs.

          But, one brand you have not mentioned is Mercedes. Have you seen their new C class? Never mind, E class?

          http://media.emercedesbenz.com.s3.amazonaws.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/mercedes_c-class_2014-40101.jpg

          Look at Volvo’s center stack photo. It’s aweful. Like, not even Chinese product like aweful but Russian Lada aweful. I know it’s super useful, true. But it’s aweful. First, you have a vertical vent and a horizontal vent. The horizontal vent does not look symmtrical because they slapped emergency button on the right. I mean, a Volvo, totally added that button as an afterthought. Total slap-on. Then you have that pretty waterfall center stack completely NOT merging into the elements above it. Then the top left corner of the screen got sliced for some reasson. Basically, everything above the center stack buttons is a slap-on random afterthought junk. There is no excuse for it, except for that fact that this is a Chinese company.

          • 0 avatar
            heavy handle

            Stumpmaster,

            Volvo’s been using this design language for a dozen years already, so you can’t pin the responsibility on China/Geely. It’s from the Ford days.

          • 0 avatar
            JohnnyFirebird

            Button wear has not been a major issue for the Volvos that I’ve fixed up for sale. The biggest problem have been the T-Tec seats (fabric) that rip at the seams, the leather on the shifter knob for automatic transmissions discoloring, and the metal plate on the waterfall design that dings really, really easily.

            Not like VW / Audi buttons which have that soft-touch plastic that disintegrate after a few years – although we did have the same problem on a GMC Acadia as well.

            My cars have been a ’93 Firebird, ’04 Mustang, ’08 Sport Trac, ’09 Caliber SRT4 and ’08 V70 – the Volvo has been the only one with, you know, anything resembling a nice interior.

            My problems with Mercedes interiors have been purely ergonomic, and also with the slow-opening covers whose mechanisms seem to bust really easily. But seriously. That cruise control stalk. I hate it. I hate it so much.

            The new XC90 does ditch the waterfall console design for a giant touch screen (ehh…) but the Inscription ones get a crystal shift knob that is pretty neat.

            At any rate it’s a 2011 design that’s going to be replaced soon, I think the S60 is slated for a 2017 MY replacement.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            I had a 10 year old Audi A8L which I kept for two years, and it had zero button wear or other interior issues. It was the most solid feeling car interior I’ve been in to this day!

            The interior issues I’ve seen on Volvo:
            Poor aging of black seats, shows creases etc. The light leather shows creases and dirt. Only the brown ages well.

            Door panel material coming unglued from door. I think they fixed this by around 07.

            Seat buttons losing finish. Steering wheel buttons losing finish. Steering wheel leather losing finish/discolor.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          Audis in my opinion have excellent interiors of high quality materials. I also think Lexus interiors (not on the ES) are very good. My Infiniti has a very nice LOOKING interior, but the quality is not quite on par with the GS I had (the wood is much nicer though).

          From what I’ve seen on used models, the leather and buttons in Volvos does not age well, on any model since 07. And since they’re still using the same buttons and leather, I think the same problems will persist.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Kill it with fire.

  • avatar
    redliner

    You don’t realize it yet, but this is Volvo’s answer to the MB GLE.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    “in limited numbers beginning this summer”

    Just like all Volvos.

    But I like the shape a lot.

  • avatar
    mjz

    This car is an answer to a question no one ever asked, nor should they have.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    This would have made more sense as a dealer add on. Volvo should have simply built a kit and made it available to its dealers at a margin and then see what the take rate was for the dealerships. If it proved to be popular then sure build it.

    • 0 avatar
      Ryoku75

      It would make more sense if it were a wagon, the Subaru SUS didn’t really catxh on and I doubt this will.

      Geely needs to fix Volvos prices to make them competitive, more and more their band stylings winning me over with how simple it is, there aren’t 5 little air intake slots or a big gaping mouth, just a few grilles and lights.

      • 0 avatar
        Scoutdude

        I had forgot about the SUS until last week when I pulled up behind one at a stop light. First I did a double take and remembered oh yeah the Sport Utility Sedan.

  • avatar
    heavy handle

    Another Volvo grey-on-grey interior that belongs in a much cheaper car. I know that Swedes are sunlight-deprived this time of year, but do they have to force their colorless mindsets on us?

  • avatar
    mjz

    Matte finish paint is awful on any car, and especially on this one.

  • avatar
    tayu

    Ughhhh, this just reminds me how much I lusted after the 1999 Subaru Legacy SUS.

    In general, something about the exterior proportions, interior usability, and (depending on the engine) mechanical hardiness of this generation of Subaru Legacy is almost perfect…so why not a luxed-out, raised, spoiler- and body-clad sedan version?

    Anyway, as seems to be the case with Volvo for the past few years: as cool as this is, they just seem to be missing the mark in terms of price/content/value proposition.

    You know how marques that have achieved volume attempt to push upwards in terms of prestige/brand recognition? Perhaps Volvo should consider producing some higher volume, lower cost cars? They already have the positive brand recognition, although it is eroding among the current generation of car buyers fast… I would bet they could make a durable, cheap, fun competitor to the Mercedes GLA. But it seems like nobody over at Volvo is paying attention these days,

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