Volvo has made it a habit of springing pleasant surprises on us. First, it told us it's bringing an estate, then it told us that it'll start building cars on our soil. And now, the estate is here, at a price that'll startle most of you.
So, are you ready? The price of the V90 Cross Country is...
Rs 60 lakh (ex-showroom). That's a mere Rs 5.5 lakh more than the S90, and this is a lot more car for the money.
For starters, it's big. You would probably not get a sense of just how big it is from the picture, but it is a substantial, beefy machine. We'll go out on a limb and say it is probably the best-looking 90 series car there is. And, of course, there's the fact that it has got 210mm of ground clearance, not to mention the 1,523 litres of max cargo space it offers. Don't crib about it not having a third row.
Offered here in the D5 spec, the V90 CC too, like all other modern-day Volvos, is powered by a humble 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine. Here, however, it produces 232bhp and 480Nm of twist, up from the 190bhp and 400Nm of its sedan-bodied sibling. As if being an estate wasn't cool enough, the V90 CC also does 0-100kph in a claimed 7.2 seconds, and is limited to a top speed of 230kph. An eight-speed auto (with paddle shifts... in an estate!) sends power to all four wheels.
It's being offered in only a single, fully-loaded variant (Inscription), and so, it packs in every bell and every whistle you could think of. All-LED headlamps, ventilated front seats, leather upholstery with a choice of brown and black, a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 19-speaker Bowers and Wilkins audio system, air suspension at the back, 20-inch alloys, enough airbags to cushion half of Sweden and a suite of truly useful safety systems that may take an entire lifetime to dissect and detail. The most useful ones being City Safety, which brakes automatically if it senses an imminent collision at speeds of up to 50kph, and Park Assist Pilot, for those who can't be bothered perfecting their parking skills.
It's offered in a choice of six metallic colours (there are no reds or yellows, duh), and you can opt for 21-inch alloys if you so please, among other things.
So, Rs 5 lakh for added real estate (pun intended). Estates have never worked in India, so we'll have to see how our countrymen take to this Swede. But for now, tell us – are you convinced by this proposition?
Just take a look at the amazing interior....
Author- Rahul Dev, Auto Blogger at GlobalManiac Times