Volvo V40 Cross Country
(Wednesday 19 September 2012)
A slightly off-roady version of the Volvo V40 will go into production in November this year and should be appear in UK showrooms in the early part of 2013.
It's called the Cross Country (definitely not XC, Volvo emphasises) and it comes with the same range of engines and transmissions already found in the regular V40.
The greatest off-road ability is to be found in the most powerful model; the 254bhp T5 petrol model has four-wheel drive, and is also fitted with Hill Descent Control.
Other versions can't match that, but they all have ride heights a useful 40mm greater than standard. Most of the other differences are cosmetic, apart from the skid plate integrated into the rear bumper.
As with the non-Cross Country range, it's possible to buy a model which is exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty and the London congestion charge. That's the 115bhp 1.6-litre D2 turbo diesel, which despite the increased ride height and presumable extra aerodynamic drag still has a CO2 rating of 99g/km.