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Volvo Australia hasn’t revealed which drivetrains we’ll get here nor any indication of price but with the current range starting at around ,000 for the front-drive diesel, it’s a fair bet this bigger and better specified V60 will be north of that.As well as the 2.0-litre diesel, the other main model will be the T6, which with its turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-litre petrol engine good for 228k W of power and all-wheel-drive into the bargain will be a juicier although more expensive temptation.The suspension is now spongier and more comfort-oriented, and with the addition of standard hill-descent control means the V60 Cross Country can tackle steep descents like a boss.You can thank the XC40-matching 8.3-inch ride height for keeping the car’s nose clean on said declines, too.This stunning Swede has all the right elements for both trails and pavement.Chunky, charcoal-colored cladding and a hearty 3.0-inch suspension lift separate Volvo’s rugged Cross Country from its low-riding counterpart.Compared with the full-size V90, Volvo says the V60 will appeal to buyers looking for a sportier driving experience and while the two look similar, the more compact and tauter dimensions of the smaller wagon are at least as attractive as its main rivals in the BMW 3-series, Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class.Unlike its somewhat upright and bulky predecessor, the new V60 looks longer, wider and flatter, which indeed it is.

The latter is the performance choice with its petrol engine and electric motor good for a combined 390k W and a 0-100km/h acceleration time of 5.1 seconds.

You can forget about the archetypal Volvo wagon being an on-road obstacle too, because the T6 has performance aplenty.

It’s easily accessible too with the 2.0-litre turbo belying its small capacity with lots of low-rev pulling power, aided by the extra supercharger bolted onto the inlet, all channeled to the tarmac via an eight-speed auto and all-wheel-drive.

Sitting on a wheelbase that has increased 96mm, mainly by moving the front wheels forward, it is 126mm longer overall and about 20mm lower.

While its proportions differ markedly from chunkier SUVs, in practical terms it gives little or nothing away.

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