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Paris Motor Show 2012: Volvo V40 Cross Country

Mid sized model gets off-road styling and kit...

Volvo chose the Paris Motor Show to launch the V40 Cross Country model. Following in the footsteps of the highly popular V70 XC and V60 XC models, the V40 XC aims to give the practicality and handling dynamics of a small estate car with occasional off road ability.

Taking the looks of the normal V40 as a great starting point, the V40 XC gets a unique front bumper with contrasting black sections that continue along the sills to the rear bumper. There is a honeycomb mesh grille and DRL LEDs in the bumper, along with some faux underbody protection. At the rear there is a large fake diffuser with ‘Cross Country’ embossed into it, which makes the rear 3/4 view look remarkably like the XC60 small SUV. The interior carries over from the normal V40 model, but there are new trim colour options exclusive to the XC model. 

The V40 XC will be available in front- or all-wheel-drive, depending on the engine selected, and a six speed manual or automatic gearbox will be offered. There are alloy wheels available from 17 to 19 inch in varying styles. Some kit is brought over from the XC60 to assist in the off-road department though, such as Hill Descent Control and Hill Hold Assist.

There are a wide range of engines on offer, including a 115 bhp D2 diesel engine variant with CO2 emissions of just 99 g/km, meaning free road tax in the UK.  There is also a 2.0 litre D3 variant with 150 bhp and a 5-cylinder D4 diesel model producing 177 bhp.

For the petrol engine models, there is a 1.6 litre GTDi model with 180 bhp and the surprisingly powerful 2.5 litre T5 5-cylinder turbo engine with 254 bhp which manages the 0-60 mph sprint in 6.0 seconds.

Images courtesy of Volvo

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more