Although not yet announced, initial pricing and specifications for the new 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country have surfaced online.
The new off-road styled wagon will start from $99,900 before on-road costs, or $110,060 drive-away - the latter coming from Volvo's Australian online car configurator.
According to the website, the V90 Cross Country will come in one grade and with one engine; the D5 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel and in Inscription trim only.
The Swedish manufacturer has clearly decided to take a similar approach to its most natural rival in the off-road station wagon segment, Audi, with the A6 Allroad also coming in one grade locally, priced from a dearer $112,855 plus on-road costs.
The D5 turbo-diesel is shared with the S90, V90 and XC90, developing a meaty 173kW of power and 480Nm of torque, closely competing with the V6 diesel-powered Audi A6 Allroad, which produces 160kW and 500Nm from its 3.0-litre single-turbo unit. Shifting gears is an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard.
Standard features for the V90 Cross Country D5 Inscription include 19-inch alloy wheels, adaptive LED headlights, electric folding mirrors, four-zone climate control, nappa leather upholstery, 12.3-inch digital driver's display, electrically-adjustable front seats with driver's memory, powered tailgate, satellite navigation and keyless entry,.
On the safety front, the off-road-styled V90 comes equipped with adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, rear-view camera, Isofix child seat mounts, hill start assist, hill descent control, and rear cross traffic alert.
The Volvo V90 Cross Country is scheduled to launch in Australia sometime during the first half of this year, with this latest development suggesting the new wagon will be arriving sooner rather than later.
CarAdvice has contacted Volvo's local arm for an official comment, and is awaiting a response. Stay tuned for an update.