Volvo has given the impressive new V90 Wagon the Cross Country treatment, completing the Swedish automaker’s 90 Series lineup, which also includes the new S90, regular V90, and XC90 SUV.
Developed and tested in Sweden, which has some of the harshest winters and most rugged terrain on earth, the rugged V90 Cross Country is the successor to the XC70 Cross Country and bridges the gap between a traditional wagon and an SUV.
Its main selling points are a 2.2-inch (65 mm) higher ride height, more rugged styling, and other amenities that improve its off-road capabilities relative to the V90 wagon on which it is based.
Håkan Samuelsson, President & CEO, Volvo Car Group, stated:
“The V90 Cross Country takes the elegance of the V90 and transforms it into an all-road car that delivers safety, comfort and performance in a capable and adventurous package.”
Despite its rugged character, the new V90 Cross Country boasts a very luxurious interior with all the connectivity and entertainment features found in the new S90 and V90 models, including a high-end Bowers & Wilkins sound system.
Buyers can also expect a 9 inch touchscreen with satellite navigation, a 12.3 inch active TFT driver’s information display, Volvo’s impressive semi-autonomous Pilot Assist system, and plenty of optional extras.
As for power, the 2017 V90 Cross Country shares the sames engines as the regular V90, including D4, D5, T5 and T6 units with output ranging from 190 PS to 320 PS. An eight-speed automatic transmission drives all four wheels.
Production for the all-new V90 Cross Country starts in autumn 2016 at Volvo’s Torslanda plant in Sweden.
Mercedes-AMG Will Not Make Standalone SUV
It’s no secret that the Mercedes-AMG brand was created in large part as a response to Porsche. It has a 911 and Panamera competitor in the form of the GT Coupe and GT Four-Door Coupe, respectively, and could eventually get a smaller sports car that rivals the Boxster and Cayman, but what about an SUV?
With SUV and crossovers now the bread-and-butter of all major automotive brands, including Porsche, one would think Mercedes-Benz’s performance sub-brand would be scrambling for one, but that is not the case. The firm is open to designing more cars in-house in the coming years, but none will be a standalone Mercedes-AMG SUV.
In an interview with , AMG boss Tobias Moers stated:
“There was a clear space in the market for the four-door GT, but we already have many excellent AMG SUV derivatives and it makes no sense to steal from them just so we can make our own car.”
That’s too bad…
Lincoln Will Build Five Vehicles In China By 2022
China, with a population of over 1.3 billion people, is now the most important market for the world’s automakers, including Lincoln.
The American firm, which currently makes all its vehicles in the United States, plans to build at least five new models in the country in an effort to increase sales, avoid potential import tariffs, and up its presence.
Ford Motor Co. previously confirmed that it will build a new SUV in China in 2018, and that SUV will likely be the new Lincoln Aviator. According to sources, the Aviator will arrive in late 2019 or early 2020, and it will be followed by the replacements for the MKC crossover and MKZ sedan.
The Nautilus will also be produced in China by 2021 and could be followed by a small coupe-like crossover that’s set to enter production by 2022.
Lincoln spokeswoman Angie Kozleski told :
“Our localization plans to support the China market are on track and will serve to further drive Lincoln’s growth in China.”
Lincoln’s increased focus on China is no reason to think it will stop making cars in North America. Like other automakers, the firm simply needs to be able to build in China, as well, in order to be competitive globally.
New, 2019 Audi A6 Avant Proves Wagons Can Be Sexy
Following the introduction of the brand-new Audi A6 sedan at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, Audi wasted no time to the take the wraps off the Avant (wagon) version, and it looks great.
Like the sedan, the A6 Avant receives an evolutionary design with a wider grille. It looks more dynamic thanks to designers giving it more prominent wheel arches, a sportier roof line, and restyled taillights connected by a trim piece. It’s a simple and clean look that manages to ooze class.
The interior benefits form the most significant changes and borrows technology from the A7 and Audi’s flagship, the A8. The dashboard and the user interface are nearly identical to the A7’s, featuring two driver-oriented screens that run the infotainment system and a third screen for the digital instrument cluster. As with the A6, the top screen goes black to blend into the rest of the dashboard when the car turns off and turns on automatically when it detects a door open.
Geared more towards buyers that need extra space, the new A6 Avant boasts 20 cubic feet cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 59.3 cubic feet with them down. Audi claims class-leading front and rear elbow room, as well as knee room for rear seat passengers.
In Europe, the 2019 Avant will be offered with a turbocharged 3.0-liter TFSI V6 with 340 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque and a 3.0-liter TDI (diesel) V6 rated at 286 horsepower and 457 pound-feet. The former is paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission, while the latter shifts through an eight-speed automatic. Both spin the four wheels via Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system and benefit from a standard 48-volt mild hybrid system that enhances fuel efficiency.
While its unlikely that the new, 2019 Audi A6 Avant will be offered in North America, there’s is a chance that an A6 Allroad could be offered to rival the Volvo V90 Cross Country.