VAIL, Colo. — Volvo expects to lure buyers who don’t want a tall crossover to its sportier new V90 Cross Country wagon.
The V90 Cross Country joins the S90 sedan, S90L long wheelbase and V90 station wagon in Volvo’s 90-series car range that rides on the company’s new flexible architecture.
Volvo has developed a niche with the Cross Country models that have a ground clearance nearly as high as the XC90 crossover, with standard all-wheel drive and a higher seating position. But the V90 Cross Country and the smaller V60 Cross Country are based on station wagons and have lower rooflines than crossovers have.
The 2017 V90 Cross Country is to go on sale in the first quarter of next year with a base price of $56,295, including shipping.
Lex Kerssemakers, CEO of Volvo Car USA, said at a press event here that he expects combined annual sales of the V90 wagon and Cross Country to reach between 5,000 and 6,000 next year. He would not predict the mix but said the U.S. will get the Cross Country first and the bulk of initial V90 station wagon production will go to Europe.
The V90 Cross Country has a ground clearance of 8.3 inches, nearly as high as the XC90 crossover’s 9.1-inch clearance.