Currently, journalists from around the world are having their first drives of the new Volvo S90 sedan and V90 wagon. Meanwhile, Volvo is prepping a new addition the 90-Series range, a Cross Country variant for the V90, which will serve as a replacement for the XC70.
Like the XC70 and other Cross Country models, the V90 Cross Country takes the standard wagon and adds raised suspension setup, taller tyres, new look alloy wheels, and a standard all-wheel-drive system to the mix, all for a modicum of off-road ability.
Given that this engineering prototype has false body panels riveted to every facet of its exterior, it's probably safe to surmise that the new variant will be equipped with a comprehensive range of styling tweaks.
This will likely include more rugged looking front and rear bumpers, chunkier side sills, more prominent roof rails, and possibly contrasting wheel arch highlights or extensions.
As far engines go, the V90 Cross Country will likely be restricted to the mid- and high-end Drive-E options available on other 90-Series models, such as the 235kW/400Nm twincharged T6 and the 168kW/470Nm twin-turbo diesel D5.
The Volvo V90 Cross Country is expected to make its official debut some time in 2017.