Volvo Tells Us V40 Cross Country Not Coming to the States Either [New Photos and Videos]


The good news about the V40 Cross Country is that we have a fresh set of high-resolution images and a pair of videos to show you following the introduction of the car the other day.

The bad news is that if you live in the United States and thought the Cross Country's tougher looks may have persuaded Volvo to bring it to this side of the Atlantic, we hate to disappoint you, but that's not going to happen.

We asked Laura DiStefano, Corporate Communications Manager for Volvo Cars of North America, and her reply was the same we got for the regular V40 hatchback: "No plans for the U.S."

The Cross Country version of the V40 may look the part with its beefed up bumpers featuring black cladding and skid plates, and sculpted contrasting sills, but it lacks substance when it comes to off-roading as the only real asset it has is the 40mm ride height increase.

Besides, while offered with most of the powertrains in the V40 lineup, only the range-topping 251hp (254PS) 2.5-liter T5 five-cylinder engine is available with all-wheel drive. On the other hand, this is something Volvo itself admits.

"There is a clear distinction between our XC and Cross Country models," explains Lex Kerssemakers, Senior Vice President Product Strategy & Vehicle Line Management at Volvo Car Corporation.

"The Volvo XC models have a distinct crossover character with unique body-styles including an elevated seating position, while the Cross Country models are expressive all-road versions of our dynamic wagons and hatchbacks. When it comes to driving dynamics, the V40 Cross Country is eager to take on the sportiest competitor versions. It features an attractive blend of sportiness and comfort."

The V40 Cross Country will be displayed for the first time in public at next week's 2012 Paris Motor Show.





AstonMartin said... »September 20, 2012

The new Volvo ownership has no clue as to what the U.S. market wants.  The various V40 models would do well in the U.S. - so, good luck with that. 

Toronado_II said... »September 21, 2012

Good luck to the US dealers !

Kyle Blank said... »September 21, 2012

So the US will only have C30, C60, S60, XC60, XC70, XC90 (rumors are that the S40 won't make it back either).

Yoyo said... »September 21, 2012

You mean won't?

Yoyo said... »September 21, 2012

I've had it with this American boycott of anything hatchback. It's getting to the point of ridiculous. The V40 line is beautiful. I just don't get it. Huge mistake on Volvo's part. They're probably looking at the same numbers that all the other manufactures that aren't bringing over hatchbacks to the US. Namely BMW and Mercedes. American's hate hatchbacks and it's showing my manufactures not supporting them in the US.

Not many people but the C30 and it was a great looking car. Now it's going away. Of course Vovlo is now afraid to bring over any of their hatches.

It's a damn shame.

Alx said... »September 24, 2012

that's one desirable hot mobile! ...and to think it's a Volvo... they've totally moved with times.

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