Like its predecessor the XC70 - itself once known as the V70 Cross Country - this new model will enter the range as a lower and more patently wagon-styled alternative to the big XC90, in a relationship similar to that between the Audi A6 Allroad and the Q7 SUV.
Key details for the V90 CC's drivetrains and ground clearance are still to come, although it is plain to see that the high-riding wagon sits a good deal taller than its regular V90 sibling.
Styling differences include unique bumpers at both ends, along with a patterned grille design in place of the V90's vertical louvres, and a new wheel design.
Powering the V90 Cross Country will likely be the same range powering the S90/V90/XC90, including a 235kW/400Nm 2.0-litre twin-charged four-cylinder ‘T6’ petrol and the 173kW/480Nm four-cylinder ‘D5’ turbo-diesel.
Other powertrain options include a 180kW/350Nm twin-charged ‘T5’ petrol and the flagship 300kW/650Nm T8 hybrid which employs a 2.0-litre twin-charged petrol driving the front wheels and an electric motor on the rear axle.
“Australians have openly displayed their appreciation of the Volvo Cross Country over the years, with the vehicle’s go anywhere capability whilst looking the part in any environment. We see this trait continuing with the new V90 Cross Country”, said Kevin McCann, Managing Director of Volvo Car Australia.
Greg Bosnich, corporate director for Volvo Car Australia, told CarAdvice this week that the V90 Cross Country is expected locally in the first half of 2017, with more details on the car expected over the coming months.