Volvo’s new design language has made it’s already practical and reliable cars even more desirable. The launch of the all-new XC90 brought about a radical redefinement of the brand in the market, from design to safety and driving dynamics. Keeping this new look in mind Volvo upgrades it’s stable to the newer versions of their cars.
The V90 Cross Country station wagon is probably one of the best passenger cars for Iceland. Okay, it doesn’t have a 4x4 box or a low range transfer case for all the hard off-road bits but the all-wheel drive system with the relatively higher ground clearance make it ideal to explore the tough to conquer terrain of the country.
We got to play around with the V90 Cross Country around the beautiful Blafjoll ski resort area in Iceland. The winding road up to the ski resort made for a spectacular backdrop to shoot the car in and also teat out Volvo’s new self-drive assist system, which seemed to be pretty spot on apart from the occasional warning sign asking you to touch the steering wheel. It kind of felt like the car was reassuring itself that the human is there and that it is not just driving off into oblivion.
Overall the V90 Cross Country’s design aesthetic is what makes it an utterly gorgeous car to photograph. It has separated itself from the boxy estate look and moved on to a sleek, kind of sporty stylish wagon. From Volvo’s iconic new Mjolnir (Thor’s Hammer) daytime running lamps to the long inverted “Y” shaped tail lamps, the whole car stands out and is definitely a head turner on and off the roads.
The quick video we shot with the vehicle has a voiceover that talks about the freedom the V90 Cross Country gives it’s owner when it comes to exploring the unknown.
“There’s a place where the sidewalk ends,
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon bird rests from it’s flight.
Where the smoke blows black and the asphalt flowers grow,
We shall walk with the walk that is measured in slow,
And watch where the chalk white arrows go.
For the children they mark and the children they know,
There’s a place where the sidewalk ends. “