2013 Volvo V40 Cross Country

Volvo launches capable 2013 V40 Cross Country all-roader

Volvo is launching the all-new 2013 V40 Cross Country that offers all-wheel-drive for rugged adventure.

In 1997, Volvo brought out the V70 Cross Country that started a whole new segment. Now the new 2013 V40 Cross Country continues in that tradition and features an off-road capable vehicle that is rugged enough for some extreme adventures. The V40 Cross Country is different than the XC models in that the XC models offer a crossover body style with an elevated seating position. The new V40 Cross Country is an all-road version closer to the wagons and hatchbacks from which they are based.

All-wheel drive capability

But the biggest difference is the V40 Cross Country comes with all-wheel-drive and rides 40 mm higher than the standard V40. The Cross Country models also get some other unique features like larger wheels up to 19-inch, a dark contrasting front bumper, honeycomb mesh grille and upright DRL-lights and a contrasting rear bumper with integrated skid plate.

The new crossover V40 is certainly off-road and all-weather capable and features a number of engines from a gasoline high-performance turbo producing 254 horsepower, to a fuel-efficient 1.6-liter diesel. Powerplants are mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed Powershift automatic transmission. Volvo says all engine and transmission versions will feature start-stop and braking energy regeneration.

Making the V40 Cross Country even more capable off-road, the crossover features Hill Descent Control on the T5 version with All Wheel Drive, which controls the car's speed automatically when traversing steep inclines. The V40 Cross Country also has a Hill Hold function that makes starting on a hill easy.

Smart interior features

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