By: IOL Motoring Staff

Volvo's new V90 wagon has crossed over into mud-plugging territory with the reveal of the Cross Country version, featuring a raised ride height, all-wheel drive, wheel arch cladding and SUV-style front and rear bumper designs.

The good news for local wagon fans is that although the standard V90 wagon is not destined for our shores, due to general lack of buyer interest in the segment, the V90 Cross Country will be coming to South Africa, although exact timing has yet to be confirmed.

The TBC clause applies to practically everything else about the vehicle, as details and specs are only expected to be divulged at a later stage, but you can bet on most of the S90/V90 features and engines making the migration to this crossover vehicle.

This would mean an assortment of turbo-charged 2-litre petrol and diesel motors, developing between 140kW and 235kW, while the 300kW T8 plug-in hybrid drivetrain could also be on the cards.

On the gadget front you can expect it to offer Volvo's advanced semi-autonomous driving technology with throttle, braking and steering capabilities as well as other recent Volvo safety gizmos such as large animal detection and run-off road mitigation.