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Model Overview: 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country


For 2016, Volvo heads into unexplored territory with the new S60 Cross Country. Designed for those who think outside the box, this segment-first model is the only premium sedan with the same levels of capability and crossover design cues found in Volvo’s renowned Cross Country wagons.


Volvo was the first premium brand to introduce an all-road capable variant of its successful wagons nearly 20 years ago that led to the creation of the “crossover” segment. Building on its strong heritage of lifestyle vehicles, the new S60 Cross Country is a completely unique expression of adventure.


Offered a single, well-equipped S60 Cross Country T5 AWD Platinum model for 2016, this new Volvo delivers the luxury, sophistication, safety and all-road driving capabilities introduced last year in the V60 Cross Country wagon while taking a unique sense of style to the next level.


Volvo’s First Cross Country Sedan Debuts 

Starting with the S60 luxury sedan, Volvo’s designers added the rugged styling cues and higher stance of the V60 Cross Country. With 7.9-inches (200mm) of ground clearance, the new S60 Cross Country is the only truly capable and stylish all-road sedan on the market.


At the front, the S60 Cross Country is dressed with a honeycomb grille and lower skid plate. The side is accented with scuff plates while black fender extensions frame 18-inch “NESO” Cross Country alloy wheels. Glossy black window trim and outside mirror covers contribute to the sporty look. At the rear, a lower skid plate provides the finishing touch while rear park assist is standard.


With its unique sense of style the new Volvo S60 Cross Country will appeal to those searching for an exciting and capable sedan while enjoying the clear benefits of a crossover.


Command Performance Anywhere, on Any Road 

The S60 T5 AWD Cross Country Platinum is powered by Volvo’s signature 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 250 horsepower @ 5,400 rpm and 266 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1,800-4,200 rpm. This engine is mated to an efficient six-speed “Geartronic” driver adaptive automatic transmission with Sport Mode.


Volvo’s electronically controlled All-Wheel Drive with Instant Traction™ is standard providing the best possible grip in all situations – on wet, slippery or completely dry roads. The advanced AWD system delivers power to the wheels with the best grip. When a tire loses traction, power is reduced to that wheel and instantly transferred to the more sure-footed wheels.


Standard Hill Descent Control uses the vehicle’s brakes and engine torque to crawl in bottom gear on steep downhill slopes. This makes it possible for the driver to focus completely on driving when descending steep hills. The driver can control the speed with the brake pedal or the accelerator when Hill Descent Control is activated.


S60 Cross Country rides on new 18-inch “NESO” Cross Country alloy wheels with 235/50-R18 tires adding comfort and off-pavement aesthetics, reducing road noise and providing added wheel protection whether climbing curbs or negotiating rocky roads.


Fully Equipped with Leading-edge Safety Features 

From features that support drivers to features that help prevent accidents and protect drivers and passengers in the event that one occurs, IntelliSafe is Volvo’s way of giving its customers everyday convenience and peace of mind, wherever they go.


The S60 Cross Country is fully equipped with Volvo’s high-tech safety solutions that actively help the driver avoid accidents and help protect the occupants if an accident is unavoidable.


Standard safety systems include City Safety, a world-first technology that made its debut on the Volvo XC60. City Safety is a driver support system aimed at preventing or mitigating collisions with a vehicle ahead occurring at speeds of 31 mph or less. It utilizes a closing velocity sensor to help determine whether a collision is likely. Depending on the closing speed, City Safety will either pre-charge the brakes or automatically brake the S60 Cross Country to help avoid a rear-end collision or lessen its impact.


Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC) is part of a suite of electronic systems to help optimize handling and control. Advanced Stability Control uses a roll angle sensor to detect and react to oversteer and understeer at an earlier stage. These situations may occur if the driver suddenly releases the accelerator while steering, such as when leaving a highway slightly too late. It also improves handling in evasive maneuvers. DSTC includes a sport mode setting to allow controlled wheel slip for performance driving.


Corner Traction Control by Torque Vectoring is a standard technology to help improve handling by redistributing torque to the outer wheel to help “steer” the car around a turn. This feature operates on both the front and rear wheels for the S60 Cross Country. Enthusiast drivers will immediately notice a significant reduction in understeer as the system seamlessly applies the appropriate amount of power to the outside tire(s).


Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with Full Auto Brake, is a standard groundbreaking technological solution that actively helps the driver to avoid accidents. Volvo’s radar- and camera-based system can detect pedestrians in front of the car, warn the driver if anyone walks out into its path and then automatically activate the S60 Cross Country’s full braking power if the driver fails to respond in time.


Advanced software with more rapid vision processing enables the system to cover certain cyclist situations as well. If a cyclist heading in the same direction as the car suddenly swerves out in front of the car and a collision is imminent, there is an instant warning and full braking power is applied.


Additional standard sophisticated driver support systems on S60 Cross Country include Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist, Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake, Distance Alert, Driver Alert Control, Lane Departure Warning, Road Sign Information and Active High Beam.


Supreme Comfort and Luxury Features are Standard 

With the standard Platinum trim level, the new S60 T5 AWD Cross Country is remarkably well equipped and ready for great adventures.


S60 Cross Country is fitted with contour seats that provide excellent comfort and support. Standard Cross Country leather seating surfaces in Blonde/Off-Black include contrasting stitching. The cabin is enhanced with Shimmer Graphite inlays while Urbane Wood or Piano Black Wood inlays are available as individual options.


Like the S60 sedan, the S60 Cross Country includes a standard 60/40-split rear seat that increases versatility for transporting long or oversize cargo. A lengthy list of standard convenience features includes Keyless Drive, rear park assist camera, HomeLink® integrated garage door opener, grocery bag holder and power retractable outside mirrors.


Sensus Audio, Navigation and Connectivity Services 

The standard Volvo Sensus system manages information from the audio unit, standard navigation and other functions, displaying them onto a seven-inch high-definition color monitor in the upper part of the center console. It allows the driver to explore the high-tech features of the car and personalize them to suit his or her needs.


With the standard Harmon Kardon Premium Sound System, Volvo’s audio experts worked closely with world-renown Harmon Kardon to create one of the best sounding systems in its class. Customers will experience a richer, clearer and more faithful sound wherever they are in the car thanks to innovative Dirac Live® technology. Details include:

  • A five-channel Class-D amplifier with 130 watts for each channel providing superior power reserves for a wide dynamic range.
  • Sound tuning with Dirac Live® provides an exceptional sound reproduction in the entire audible frequency range.
  • Rich bass performance even without a subwoofer due to extended low bandwidth.
  • Low distortion ALumaprene midrange speakers and mid-woofers with optimal damping characteristics.
  • 25mm cloth dome tweeter with high sensitivity for a perfect interplay with midranges and woofers.
  • Passive three-way system in front doors with crossover network:
    • Low pass filter on front woofer to ensure better separation between midrange and woofer.
    • Improved midrange with wider bandwidth to optimally play together with front woofer.
    • Tweeter with high sensitivity.
  • Midrange speaker both for center and door yield an excellent tonal response.


HD Radio, AUX and USB inputs, MP3 capability, Bluetooth hands-free phone interface with audio streaming and Sirius Satellite Radio with a complimentary six-month subscription are also included.


Sensus Connect – The S60 Cross Country Sensus System is a platform for connectivity. Whether it’s connecting USB and AUX devices, wireless in-car connections using Bluetooth or broadband technologies that give access to internet and cloud-based services and apps, the S60 Cross Country is prepared and includes:

  • Volvo unique cloud developed with Ericsson, a leader in mobile and fixed networking
  • Cloud-based apps
  • Connected service booking
  • Onscreen vehicle owner’s manual
  • Internet browser


Connection is achieved by internal modem, and includes a six-month trial service period. Beyond that, the system can also be connected via the personal hotspot in the owner’s smartphone utilizing the customer’s existing data plan, and requires tethering capabilities within the customer’s plan.


Sensus Connect comes standard with a wide range of free apps to allow the owner to take advantage of some of the hottest apps available today:

  • Stitcher
  • Yelp
  • Glympse
  • Pandora
  • Tunein
  • Weather
  • Local Search
  • RDIO
  • Wikilocations
  • Park & Pay
  • Send to Car


Sensus Navigation – The S60 Cross Country’s standard Sensus Navigation system integrates all navigation functions into the car. The system is easy to use, without taking attention from traffic and adding to the overall safety of the system.


Sensus Navigation includes:

  • Improved graphics, including 3D imaging
  • Improved voice recognition and flow
  • New routing options (i.e. Eco route or area avoidance option)
  • Built-in apps


Sensus Navigation provides all the functionality of Volvo’s previous navigation system and doesn’t require a Sensus Connect subscription. However, when such connection exists, the system provides a much more robust user experience and fully integrates with the built-in apps.


Free mapcare updates can be downloaded by the customer from any computer to a standard memory stick then easily downloaded into the car. The map data is updated twice per year.


Volvo On Call – Allows owners to enjoy the possibilities of in-car connectivity, the standard 3G-based Volvo On Call provides powerful reception by making use of the car’s rooftop antenna (monthly data charges apply after six-month introduction trial expires). The driver doesn’t need a smartphone onboard to have access to the cloud-based Volvo services. Users can easily connect smartphone, laptop or tablet to the internet.


Volvo On-Call emergency services include:

  • SOS emergency button
  • Automatic collision alert
  • Theft recovery


With the Volvo On Call road assistance and convenience service, the owner can also have a great app to connect their Volvo with their smartphone. Owners can use their smartphone (iPhone and Android) to check the status of the car, lock and unlock the doors and even start the engine to warm up or cool down the interior before driving.


S60 Cross Country Packages and Options 

Customers have the added convenience of selecting packages and individual options for the S60 Cross Country.


Climate Package – includes a heated windshield, heated steering wheel, heated front seats, heated rear seats, heated windshield washer nozzles and Interior Air Quality System (IAQS).


Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) Package – includes Blind Spot Information (BLIS), Cross Traffic Alert, Front Park Assist and Lane Change Merge Aid.


Individual Options – Heated front seats, Urbane Wood inlays, Piano Black Wood inlays, 19-inch “BOR” alloy wheels, and speed-sensitive steering.

S60 Cross Country, 2016
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