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THE GET AWAY CAR: NEW #VOLVO #V90 CROSS COUNTRY BEGINS SOUTH AFRICAN ADVENTURE
02 May 2017
Volvo Car South Africa
Volvo Car South Africa
The new Volvo V90 Cross Country is now available in South Africa. Continuing a legacy of Cross Country models that spans 20 years, Volvo Cars’ latest Cross Country is the ultimate culmination of form, function and absolute lifestyle appeal.
The new V90 Cross Country also completes Volvo’s entirely new 90 cluster in South Africa, sharing its Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) with the multi-award-winning new XC90 and S90.
“We know that South African buyers in the premium crossover segment have limited choices, and so we are delighted that the new Volvo V90 Cross Country is now able to cater better for this discerning audience. It is the only crossover in its segment that is available in South Africa, allowing us to continue to lead with a lifestyle enabler that brings all of Volvo’s latest technology and design excellence to the fore,” says Greg Maruszewski, Managing Director of Volvo Car South Africa.
Available with diesel or petrol drivetrains and all-wheel drive as standard on all models, the new V90 Cross Country epitomises the ultimate premium lifestyle partner and is the spiritual successor to the much-lauded Volvo XC70. A total of eight derivatives are available.
CROSS COUNTRY: NOT JUST A STYLING EXERCISE
Sharing its design DNA with the new Volvo S90 and V90, the new V90 Cross Country is not just a styling exercise. Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President Design at Volvo Car Group, says, “It’s not just a ‘plastic job’. With our new Cross Country you can go where a normal sedan or wagon cannot go. Capability in challenging road, track and field conditions, is the essence. So it all starts with the chassis.
“We raised the ground clearance, not just by a few millimetres, but a substantial six centimetres. The tyre diameter has grown by up to 42 mm, providing us with a stable and rugged platform for our design work. To accommodate the bigger wheels, we designed wheel arch extensions. Together with a silk cover and the new front bumper, they protect the new V90 Cross Country in rough terrain. The car has a powerful stance – it radiates the immense capability of its all-wheel drive and the freedom to go wherever you want.”
Volvo’s individual 90 cluster models are differentiated mainly by the detail of their grilles. For the V90 Cross Country, the 23 concave vertical ribs, first seen on the S90, are each accentuated by five metal studs. High-gloss black detailing on the window surrounds also differentiate the Cross Country models.
The purposeful overall design exudes rugged capability in every direction, while maintaining the elegant and stately prowess that was originally imparted by the new S90 on South African roads earlier in 2017.
Ingenlath elaborates: “The new Volvo V90 Cross Country brings a surprising and intriguing combination of exterior and interior design elements together. The interior is a luxurious cocoon; and inviting place with state-of-the-art interaction systems. Its architecture is deeply rooted in our Scandinavian design tradition. Elegance, beautifully-crafted materials and masterfully-executed simplicity – these elements define the welcoming, warm atmosphere. By tinting the walnut black, emphasis of the material’s character shifts towards its natural structure – the grain of the wood. We also raised the level of luxurious execution by inventing the ‘pearl seam’. This beautiful decorative stitching makes an art out of a hand-crafted sewing technique. It is this contrasting combination of a strong, powerful exterior, and a warm, welcoming interior, that gives the Volvo V90 Cross Country such a unique and attractive character.”
With the new V90 Cross Country, customers are also given the option to change the expression of the car by specifying the exterior with a colour-coded execution for the bumpers, wheel arches and side sills. In doing so, the contrast between the functional elements is reduced and the character shifts towards a more discreet, elegant appearance.
“The new V90 Cross Country completes the new 90 cluster; it is the missing link between the upright and proud XC90, and the beautiful, elegant S90. It will continue the genuine tradition of the Volvo Cross Country with a new recipe – the blend of powerful off-road capability, in a sophisticated, tailored wagon suit,” concludes Ingenlath.
ADAPTATION: SPA AND CROSS COUNTRY
The new V90 Cross Country is naturally built on Volvo’s new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), just like the XC90, S90 and V90. SPA is entirely flexible in terms of width, height, length, wheelbase, ground clearance and body style, meaning that a full-size, 7-seat SUV like the XC90 can be built on the same platform as a sporty mid-size sedan, for example. Only the space between the firewall and front axle remains fixed.
It is this overall flexibility and the ability to share one platform between multiple vehicle lines which makes development more cost-effective, shortens lead times between the first design sketches and the production vehicle, and even the amount of time it takes to build different cars on the same production line.
Suspension in the V90 Cross Country matches that of the S90, with a double wishbone and coil spring setup at the front with a stabiliser bar, and an integral axle with transverse composite leaf spring employed at the rear along with hydraulic dampers and a stabiliser bar. It is this transverse leaf spring which gained widespread acclaim in the XC90, and the effect of creating a truly comfortable and cosseting ride has been achieved yet again in the V90 Cross Country.
Available as a cost-effective option, 2-corner air suspension (rear only) with Active Chassis adaption replaces the rear transverse leaf setup. The air suspension with self-levelling functionality makes the V90 Cross Country’s ride even more compliant, with exceptional damping and rebound rates for a truly luxurious drive. The system also offers greater wheel articulation in off-road scenarios, allowing for extra control and capability. Active Chassis control, which includes the addition of active shock absorbers up front, allows damping to be constantly adapted according to changing driving conditions as detected by the car or the selected Drive Mode.
Stefan Karlsson, manager of V90 Cross Country vehicle dynamics, says: “A car that can perform in off-road situations has to be able to absorb much stronger forces than a normal road car. In the same way, a car that performs on the open road has to deliver that sense of confidence and control at high speed.”
When the development team started working on bringing Cross Country to the new architecture for the first time, expectations were high. “Our state-of-the-art driving simulator is an important part of our development process. With the simulator we were able to adjust the character of the car to deal with the extra forces that off-road driving demands, while keeping the relaxed and confident on-road feel.”
Volvo has developed the new V90 Cross Country to deliver highly-capable off-road abilities and superior highway performance, creating a true all-rounder. Historically, car makers have had to choose between good highway characteristics or capable off-road abilities. But thanks to the adjustable new chassis and a history of delivering truly proficient off-road performance, Volvo has been able to combine both.
Raised by 60 mm, the V90 Cross Country’s chassis delivers impressive off-road ability with 210 mm of overall ground clearance. The V90 Cross Country also features a completely new tyre with a softer, more rounded profile, which adds better grip and a softer, more comfortable ride, thanks to its ability to absorb uneven surfaces. Many vital parts of the V90 Cross Country’s chassis have been recrafted and refined. The biggest adjustments were made with the help of simulation models, to deal with the challenging forces of off-road driving. But, to refine the driving experience even more, Volvo’s engineers had to go even further. Volvo’s chassis testing facilities and proving grounds are where simulation and theory meet harsh reality.
“Once the calculation models were done, it was a question of fine-tuning. We constructed and tuned over 200 chassis characteristics before we were completely satisfied with the results,” continues Karlsson.
A major part of the development work involved reprogramming the car’s electronic chassis systems – all-wheel drive, hill descent control, continuously controlled damping (CCD), electric power steering and electronic stability control – to handle the tougher challenges and unpredictable nature of off-road driving. Every adjustment made to the car’s electronic chassis systems, using the simulation rig, has been tested to the extreme in the real world.
Karlsson concludes: “It’s all about balance. We have the technology, we have the testing facilities, but we never forget what is most important. In the end it’s the driver experience behind the wheel that matters most.”
The Cross Country driving experience has evolved. It’s now a true all-rounder, perfectly at home in the city or on an unpaved mountain pass.
SENSUS CONNECT: INTUITIVE HMI
Like the S90, the new V90 Cross Country features a minimalistic dashboard, where the now familiar 9-inch Sensus Connect touch screen interface takes pride of place. Responsible for all in-car functions from entertainment and telephony to settings, climate control and navigation, Sensus Connect has become the new norm for intuitive human-machine interfaces (HMI). Designed around the same principles as today’s leading smart devices, the tablet-style interface with its portrait orientation is easy to use, responsive (even while wearing gloves) and intuitive, with tap, pinch and swipe gesture controls and customisable shortcuts, giving the driver quick and easy access to their preferred vehicle functions. Various themes are available for the Sensus Connect interface and the instrument cluster, allowing drivers the choice of classic, minimalistic, metallic and sporty overtones.
The ‘home’ screen houses four main tiles, with the first three dedicated to navigation, entertainment and telephony. The fourth is a wildcard, dedicated to other functions which the driver may access at any given moment. What sets Sensus Connect apart from other touch-based HMI systems is that these expandable main tiles are always visible and accessible, collapsing around that which the driver wants to focus on – which means there is no need to navigate back and forth between menus or screens to access previously-used functions while driving.
Two supplementary screens offer shortcuts to apps and other vehicle information systems, and a full spread of important vehicle functions like the parking sensors, traction control, camera activation and supplementary safety systems like Lane Keeping Aid. These shortcuts can easily be rearranged so that the driver has immediate access to their preferred functions without needing to find a specific shortcut while on the move.
Climate controls for the standard dual-zone automatic climate control system are accessible at any time, remaining visible at the bottom edge of the screen and expanding quickly and effectively when tapped. Changing climate settings or temperature via the touch screen can be just as quick and easy as traditional buttons – testament to the successful execution of Sensus Connect. When fitted with optional 4-zone automatic climate control, the V90 Cross Country features a secondary climate control unit for the rear seats with touch-based temperature and fan speed controls for rear occupants.
Naturally, a full settings menu which allows the driver to adjust endless aspects of the car is also on hand, alongside a fully-digital owner’s manual with smart search functionality.
All V90 Cross Country derivatives feature satellite navigation as standard, with pinch zoom and real-time traffic updates. With free map upgrades for life, the system is easy to use and can be effortlessly programmed with searchable points of interest, favourites and full itinerary logging.
Entertainment system and connectivity
Fitted as standard with ten high-quality speakers, entertainment in the new Volvo V90 Cross Country is always a premium experience. Bluetooth, USB, aux and radio functionality are available as standard, with an optional CD player available as well. Internet connectivity also features as standard, with the V90 Cross Country able to tap into a smart device’s network connection or an external Wi-Fi network which enables apps like TuneIn internet radio, connected service booking, enhanced traffic updates and downloadable vehicle updates.
Other USB-based content including photos and HD videos can also be viewed on the Sensus Connect screen, provided the vehicle is stationary and in Park.
Smartphone Integration and telephony
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto1 are both available in the optional Smartphone Integration package, which enables owners of Apple iPhones or Android-based smartphones to connect their devices directly to the Sensus Connect interface, which then provides a direct link to the device via a dedicated, secondary USB port. While connected, the phone can remain hidden and on charge, in the centre console. These third-party interfaces are integrated seamlessly within the Sensus Connect interface and provide access to phone, messages, maps, music and selected other phone functions depending on the platform, all within a familiar iOS- or Android-based environment. The car’s three default tiles of course remain visible at all times for easy access.
Regardless of the presence of Smartphone Integration, conventional Bluetooth connectivity is of course available as standard and provides a wireless link between phone and car via a dedicated, always-visible tile on the Sensus Connect screen. Full access to call logs, contacts and SMS messages is included, with dictation or on-screen typing or writing available to reply to text messages directly via Sensus Connect.
Voice control is also fitted as standard to all derivatives and is effective in managing aspects of navigation, phone, climate, media and other vehicle functions. Adept in understanding the multitude of South African accents too, the system makes it even easier for the driver to maintain full focus on the road while adjusting the temperature and fan speed, or making an important call.
PILOT ASSIST: DRIVE ME
As with its siblings in the 90 cluster, the V90 Cross Country is also available as standard with Pilot Assist for semi-autonomous driving up to 130 km/h, on all models. Working hand-in-hand, Adaptive Cruise Control and Pilot Assist enhance the V90 Cross Country’s driveability and allow drivers to hand over control to the car in varying degrees of engagement.
Available with a toggle option to conventional cruise control, should the driver prefer not to enjoy the benefits of an adaptive system, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) uses radar and a camera to manage the V90 Cross Country’s speed in relation to the car ahead, when applicable and up to 200 km/h. The system reacts readily to changing conditions, and is capable of bringing the V90 Cross Country to a complete stop.
As an extension of ACC, new-generation Pilot Assist, which has been available in South Africa in the XC90 since late 2016 already, takes things a step further. Activated manually, the driver can also allow the V90 Cross Country to control steering input at speeds up to 130 km/h, provided there are clear lane markings on both sides of the car. This ‘driver in the loop’ system is provided as an outright assistance feature and requires the driver to keep at least one hand on the wheel and maintain focus on the road at all times – but with its gentle steering inputs allows the driver to relax behind the wheel to a large extent. It is important to note that semi-autonomous systems are legally restricted in how much acceleration, braking and steering force they may apply, and that the driver is always legally responsible for controlling the vehicle. The driver can at any time override Pilot Assist by applying the brakes, applying steering force, switching back to ACC or deactivating the system completely via the activation button. Pilot Assist comes in particularly handy on the daily commute and especially when stuck in a traffic jam.
DRIVE-E: POWER, EFFICIENCY AND CONTROL
As with the XC90 and S90, the new Volvo V90 Cross Country models are all powered by Volvo’s modular 2.0-litre Drive-E diesel and petrol engines. Four power plants are available: the D4 and D5 diesels, and the T5 and T6 petrols. All engines are mated to the latest all-wheel drive system and the familiar 8-speed Geartronic automatic gearbox.
The diesel engines offer strong outputs and excellent efficiency. The twin-turbo D4 AWD models make use of 140 kW at 4 250 rpm and 400 Nm between 1 750 and 2 500 rpm to deliver a smooth diesel driving experience with exceptional fuel efficiency and low emissions. Average combined fuel consumption is as low as 5.2-litres per 100 km and carbon emissions are 138 g/km.
models elevate diesel performance with PowerPulse technology, offering 173 kW at 4 000 rpm and 480 Nm between 1 750 and 2 250 rpm. PowerPulse, which uses a tank of compressed air to spool up the larger of the D5 engine’s two turbocharges at low rpm, combats turbo lag and realises a sense of this engine being normally aspirated. Average combined fuel economy is 5.3-litres per 100 km and carbon emissions are just 139 g/km.
On the petrol front, the
models benefit from 187 kW at 5 500 rpm and 350 Nm between 1 500 and 4 800 rpm. Average combined fuel economy is 7.4-litres per 100 km and carbon emissions are 169 g/km.
The twin-charged engine on duty in the
derivatives combines turbo- and supercharging for exceptional output and enhanced efficiency. A total of 235 kW at 5 700 rpm and 400 Nm between 2 200 and 5 400 rpm are on tap, resulting in brisk performance (0-100 km/h in 6.3 seconds) but also impressive fuel economy – 7.7-litres per 100 km on the combined average, with corresponding carbon emissions of 176 g/km.
Advanced combustion – diesel
i-ART (intelligent Accuracy Refinement Technology) represents the latest diesel fuel system technology. The system rail pressure of up to 2 500 bar is increased compared to previous systems of 1 800 to 2 000 bar. Thanks to a pressure sensor and an intelligent chip in each injector, it is possible to gather accurate information from each injector, resulting in much-improved control of the injected fuel quantity. This accurate and compensating injection system delivers up to 9 injections per combustion cycle for precise combustion control. As each injector responds to real-time changes in its cylinder, the constantly variable injection can compensate for variations due to production and aging of the system. This precise control of the combustion cycle means that consumption can be balanced to meet state-of-the-art attribute levels and deliver up to 2 percent improved fuel efficiency. Volvo Cars was the first European car maker to introduce i-ART technology in its cars.
Advanced combustion – petrol
The combustion system designed for the petrol engines comprises a centrally mounted spark plug and injector with a unique spray layout that provides a homogeneous air-fuel mixture. This central direct injection technique enables stratified start and an effective catalyst heating mode that outperforms Port Fuel Injection (PFI) and side mounted Direct Injection engines, resulting in low fuel consumption and enabling Euro6 and LEVIII emission compliance, and improved low-end torque compared with PFI by using scavenging and charge cooling by direct fuel injection. The intake ports are designed to generate a high tumble motion, promoting the mixing of air and fuel during the intake stroke. In the succeeding compression stroke, this tumble motion is broken down into turbulence, accelerating the combustion speed. The combustion is therefore very stable, enabling a high degree of internal EGR, which minimises pumping losses, hence reducing fuel consumption. Special efforts were made to achieve a combustion system that is knock-resistant. The cooling water jacket, intake ports, spray target and combustion chamber geometry were fine-tuned, enabling a fuel-efficient, high compression ratio of 10.8 for the T5 engine and 10.3 for the T6.
Geartronic and AWD
The single-clutch, planetary 8-speed Geartronic automatic gearbox is fitted to all V90 Cross Country models and offers quick and smooth shifting, converter technology for powerful launches, a high torque capacity considering its small size and low weight, and integrates stop-start technology in all derivatives with an electric oil pump keeping the transmission ready for re-start.
All models also feature the highly-efficient BorgWarner all-wheel drive system. A compact and lightweight coupling (BorgWarner Gen. 5) distributes the engine’s power between the front and rear wheels. Under normal, dry conditions, practically all of the power is distributed to the front wheels. The system constantly calculates the need for torque on the rear wheels and can instantly redistribute up to 50 per cent of the engine’s torque rearwards. When at a standstill, full all-wheel drive is always engaged to prepare for maximum traction during acceleration off the line.
Four main Drive Modes are available in the new V90 Cross Country – Comfort, Eco, Dynamic and Off-road. Selectable via the diamond-cut Drive Mode selector on the centre console, the driver can adjust the engine and gearbox characteristics, as well as the car’s responsiveness, as they wish. Off-road mode includes the activation of hill descent control and different throttle and gearbox mapping, for extra control. When fitted with optional air suspension the Drive Mode selector also adjusts the ride characteristics of the car.
A fifth Drive Mode is also available for V90 Cross Country drivers to customise a host of driving elements to their exact taste. ‘Individual’ mode allows the driver to select preferred settings for, amongst others, throttle and gearbox responsiveness, engine mapping, ride characteristics and the level of steering feedback.
SAFETY: ONE OF THE THREE SAFEST CARS EVER TESTED
As can be expected, the new V90 Cross Country picks up on the high precedent set by the XC90 and S90, and as such features all of Volvo’s latest safety systems as standard. This naturally includes ABS, EBD, EBA, stability and traction control, hill start assistance and six airbags, and Volvo’s Side Impact Protection System (SIPS) and Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS). Volvo’s patented safety cage is also employed in the V90 Cross Country’s body construction, with high-tensile Boron steel (35%) and a mix of other metals ensuring that the passenger compartment remains intact and that other parts of the car can absorb energy effectively, in the event of a collision.
The V90 Cross Country was also recently named one of the three safest cars ever tested by industry safety benchmark testers Euro NCAP, having scored full points for autonomous emergency braking for pedestrians (made possible by pedestrian detection, part of City Safety). The XC90 and S90 complete the trio.
A number of supplementary “IntelliSafe” safety systems are also on hand as standard to assist in preventing accidents, or at least minimising the potential for damage and injury should a crash be unavoidable.
City Safety is an autonomous emergency braking system designed to avoid or mitigate impacts with a leading vehicle. City Safety first issues a loud warning sound and prepares the brakes for maximum stopping power, and then can apply up to 100% braking force if the driver does not react in time. Seat belts are also tightened.
City Safety also includes, as standard:
can detect and avoid collisions with pedestrians. Should an impact be unavoidable, the system will have at least reduced the V90 Cross Country’s speed and so reduce the potential injury as a result, at speeds up to 70 km/h. Complete avoidance is possible at speeds up to 45 km/h.
able to detect cyclists; warns the driver and the vehicle brakes autonomously if the driver does not react. The car’s speed can be reduced by up to 50 km/h in such scenarios.
Large Animal Detection:
utilises radar to detect large animals like moose and horses. The driver will be warned and prompted to brake, at which point the car can apply additional brake pressure to support avoidance if needed. If the driver does not react, the system applies the brakes to mitigate the possible effects of an impending collision. The car’s speed can be reduced autonomously by up to 15 km/h.
is designed to stop the car autonomously if the driver turns into the path of an oncoming vehicle – a world-first which debuted in the XC90.
Run-off Road Mitigation and Protection with Road Edge Detection
is able to detect the edge of the road, between 65 and 140 km/h. Should the car approach the edge, steering force is applied to nudge the car back into its lane. If this input is insufficient to avoid run-off, the V90 Cross Country is then able to brake in order to reduce speed as much as possible before run-off, and then protect against the effects of a run-off road scenario and brace for impact. Launched in the XC90, Run-off Road Protection tightens the front seat belts, and the energy-absorbing front seats are able to minimise potential spinal injuries if the vehicle becomes airborne.
Rear Collision Warning
is able to detect an impending collision from the rear and will flash the tail lights to alert the following vehicle to the potential impact. It also applies the V90 Cross Country’s brakes to reduce the chances of a knock-on frontal impact if the V90 Cross Country is stationary.
advises the driver when they are following the car ahead too closely. It links back to City Safety, ensuring a safe minimum following distance is observed so that, if necessary, the relative collision avoidance systems are most-effective.
Driver Alert Control
uses sensors to monitor the driving behaviour of the driver. If the system detects possible fatigue or lack of concentration, the car will suggest that the driver takes a break. Linked to the navigation system, nearby rest stops, refreshment facilities and hotels may also be suggested.
Lane Keeping Aid and Lane Departure Warning
work together or on their own to assist the driver to stay safely in a lane. The driver is able to activate or deactivate one or both of the systems, depending on their preferences behind the wheel. Lane Departure Warning offers audible or vibration feedback through the steering wheel to alert the driver that they are wandering out of their lane. Lane Keeping Aid, when activated, takes things a step further by applying steering torque to gently guide the V90 Cross Country back into its lane.
Road Sign Information
uses the navigation system and real-time camera detection to inform the driver of applicable road signs – like speed limits and no-overtaking zones. An audible or visual warning system is also available to alert the driver when they exceed the speed limit by a margin of their choice.
Two optional supplementary safety systems are also available:
Blind Spot Information System (BLIS
) utilises radar sensors to monitor for vehicles in the V90 Cross Country’s blind spots. BLIS can also detect fast-approaching vehicles from up to 70 metres behind the V90 Cross Country.
Cross Traffic Alert (CTA)
is linked to BLIS, utilising the same sensors to warn the driver of approaching vehicles or pedestrians from up to 30 metres on either side of the V90 Cross Country. Active at low speeds and most useful when reversing out of a parking space where obstacles make it difficult to see oncoming vehicles or pedestrians, a warning sound and symbolic representation on the Sensus Connect screen alert the driver.
Taking on a safety role as well as being a styling highlight are the full-LED automatic headlights with Active Bending and Active High Beam technology – standard on all models. The lights not only offer energy-efficient and long-lasting lighting technology, but have also been designed to provide maximum effective illumination at all times. The Active Bending technology allows the headlights to swivel in accordance with steering wheel input, and the front LED fog lights with cornering activation are used to extend this effect when turning around corners at low speeds or when reversing. Active High Beam means that the Volvo V90 Cross Country can provide full high beam illumination at all times without blinding other road users. Utilising the V90 Cross Country’s IntelliSafe camera, the system is able to detect leading or approaching vehicles and actively block out sections of light while maintaining full brightness on the surroundings.
VALUE: TRIM LEVELS AND EQUIPMENT
Each of the four models in the V90 Cross Country range encapsulate two trim grades, each of which offers different levels of lifestyle appeal, luxury and value for money. Momentum models maintain a high level of standard equipment and rugged outlook, while Inscription models include a more luxurious but nonetheless robust persona as standard.
All models feature a tough-looking exterior with unpainted lower bumpers, wheel arch extensions and side sills, and a studded grille. A total of 13 exterior colours and 12 interior schemes are available for the new V90 Cross Country.
models set a high standard for the V90 Cross Country range. Standard exterior equipment includes glossy black window detailing, electric folding side mirrors, matt chrome roof rails, automatic full-LED headlights with Active Bending and Active High Beam, front LED fog lights, rain-sensing wipers, rear parking sensors, chrome-tipped rhomboid exhaust outlets and 18-inch alloy wheels. On the inside, standard kit includes full leather upholstery with the innovative pearl seam, comfort seat padding, a powered driver’s seat with electric adjustment (including lumbar) and memory, Black Walnut décor inlays, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, the 9-inch Sensus Connect interface, satellite navigation, a 10-speaker high-performance audio system, 2-zone automatic climate control, split-folding rear seats with a ski hatch, mid-level interior illumination, a leather steering wheel with full multifunction support, a leather gear lever, the diamond-cut Drive Mode selector, fully-automatic and laminated windows all-round, metal door sill mouldings, and a 12-volt power socket in the boot.
Over and above Momentum specification, Inscription models include 19-inch alloy wheels, a leather-clad key, Nappa soft leather upholstery, a powered passenger seat with memory, power-adjustable side support and extendable cushions for both front seats, high-level interior illumination with adjustable ambient colour settings, and illuminated door sill mouldings as standard.
Available as standard on the other 90 cluster cars but particularly applicable to the active lifestyle promoted by the V90 Cross Country, all models also come standard with a waterproof key tag, which can be used in place of the original key. This compact, sealed and lightweight dongle can be strapped around a wrist or ankle, worn around the neck on a lanyard, tethered to a belt or zipped inside a pocket without worrying about dust or water damaging components – and it provides full access and starting functionality to the car. It also allows for the main key to be safely locked inside the vehicle when unexpected use of the key tag is required – for example when visiting the beach.
Designed to enhance standard specification but maintain the value proposition, a host of optional equipment is available either as standalone extras or in carefully constructed and cost-effective packages (Techno Pack, Premium Pack and Adventure Pack), from the factory. Highlights include keyless entry and starting, a graphical head-up display, BLIS and CTA, a reversing camera, Park Assist Pilot including front parking sensors for semi-autonomous parallel and perpendicular parking with a Park Out function, the remarkable Visual Park Assist 360-degree HD camera system, tinted glass, rear side window sun blinds, a leather dashboard and door panels, 4-zone automatic climate control with touch controls for the rear passengers, CleanZone automatic air quality system, auto-dimming side mirrors, heated front and/or rear seats, massaging front seats, ventilated front seats with perforated Nappa leather, a heated steering wheel, power-folding rear seats, an automatic load cover, electric folding rear headrests, a 230V power outlet (2-pin), gear shift paddles, a compass, a CD player, Smartphone Integration1 (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), an electric tailgate with hands-free opening and closing, integrated child booster seats in the rear, an electric sunroof, air suspension (rear axle only, linked to active front dampers), and the exceptional 19-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system.
The latter has been custom-designed for Volvo and features remarkable clarity, bass (thanks to a subwoofer which is integrated into the chassis) and sound reproduction – having been modelled in environments including the Gothenburg Concert Hall in Sweden and London’s Abbey Road Studios. The result of the collaboration between Bowers & Wilkins and Volvo Cars uses a combination of high-performance, low-distortion speaker designs, including extended range aluminium tweeters and Kevlar® midrange units, reflecting components found in Bowers & Wilkins’ award-winning premium loudspeakers. It also features a centre speaker with Bowers & Wilkins tweeter-on-top technology for the first time in a crossover, providing a more open, spacious sound experience.
The unique Adventure Pack has been created especially for South African buyers and offers a host of lifestyle-oriented extras, bristling with value. Included in the Adventure Pack are, amongst others, the panoramic roof, 360° surround view camera, auto-dimming mirrors all-round, integrated compass, powered folding rear seats, air suspension and the 230V power outlet – all geared towards improving those out-of-town weekend adventures and typical annual holiday drives.
A host of smart accessories are also available for the V90 Cross Country, including bike racks, scuff plates, boot mats, mud flaps, dog crates and harnesses, tow bars, roof boxes and even a roof box lift for easy storage and fitment of a roof box in a home garage