A more rugged version of Volvo’s V60 mid-size estate has been unveiled and will go on sale before the end of the year.

The V60 Cross Country has 75mm more ground clearance than the standard V60, thanks to its specially developed chassis and suspension that enhance the car's off-road capability.

It boosts its off-road prowess even further by coming as standard with all-wheel-drive, hill descent control, electronic stability control (ESC), corner traction control and a special off-road driving mode.

Every V60 Cross Country comes equipped with Volvo’s award-winning City Safety feature, which assists the driver in avoiding potential collisions. It is the only system currently on the market that can recognise pedestrians, cyclists and large animals.

It’ll launch in the UK with Volvo’s D4 AWD diesel engine and hybrid variants are set to follow at a later date. Price and spec will be announced closer to the car’s arrival.

Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars, said: “With the new V60 Cross Country, we take our Swedish family estate from one natural habitat to another.

"We invented the Cross Country segment over 20 years ago, and with this car, we reinforce our long-standing pedigree in safe, capable and versatile family cars.”

Like the 60 series and 90 series models elsewhere in the Volvo range, the new V60 Cross Country sits on the brilliant Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform and uses the same safety technology and infotainment system.

Henrik Green, senior vice president of research and development at Volvo Cars, believes the V60 Cross Country is every bit as refined as those cars.

“The added versatility makes it at home in town and country, thanks to a higher seating position, increased ground clearance and dynamic all-wheel-drive capabilities,” he said.

Heather Stark, brand manager at The Fuelcard People, added: “Volvo has surpassed all expectations since the superb XC90 from 2015 and this rugged V60 Cross Country is yet another excellent Volvo.”

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