Volvo recently added the new V90 Cross Country to its lineup to satisfy buyers looking for a more rugged rig without opting for a crossover or SUV. While this model has plenty of pep in its base setup, Polestar, Volvo’s tuning arm, has tinkered with it, giving it more power and better responsiveness.
Unfortunately, this isn’t a true Polestar model. Instead, it’s a Polestar Optimization package for the big wagon. It does, however, still have a respectable power boost and improved responsiveness.
For now, the only specifications available for the global-spec V90 Cross Country, so the details include the diesel-fueled version. The base diesel – the D4 Drive-E – sees its power rise from 190 horsepower and 295 pound-feet to 200 horsepower and 325 pound-feet. The uprated D5 Drive-E diesel sees a power boost from 235 horsepower and 354 pound-feet to 240 horsepower and 369 pound-feet. The T6 Drive-E gasoline engine gets a power bump from 320 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque to 334 horsepower and 295 pound-feet.
The Polestar Optimization program is about more than just improving power, as it also improves responsiveness and drivability. To achieve this, Polestar enhanced throttle response, improved gearshift times, added a gear hold during cornering, and tweaked off-throttle response.
For now, Polestar has not announced the U.S.-spec version of this new optimization. We’ll continue keeping an eye out and let you know when the U.S. specs are available. Stay tuned!