The all-electric Volvo EX30 is finally starting to hit Australian showrooms, and the brand’s local boss says it will expand the range with an adventure-ready Cross Country version in the near future.

    Speaking with CarExpert at the Australian launch for the EX30, Volvo Car Australia managing director Stephen Connor said an EX30 Cross Country is definitely coming, but the ‘when’ is still to be determined.

    “We’re planning on bringing it [but] we haven’t finalised when we will bring the EX30 Cross Country,” Mr Connor said.

    “[Cross Country] is part of staples, part of our makeup, and the car looks great. That will grow the segment again from being just a family car to a fun, adventurous car that you can take off-road.”

    Mr Connor couldn’t comment in further detail about what will power the EX30 Cross Country when it arrives here, but a logical assumption is a dual-motor, all-wheel drive drivetrain.

    “We’re still working through that with the product team, but depending on what happens we can choose [which drivetrains to offer] from a local perspective,” Mr Connor continued.

    “So yes, it’s definitely coming – I just can’t give you ‘when’.”

    The Volvo EX30 Cross Country was revealed as part of the electric crossover’s debut last June.

    Displayed in images as something of an early near-production concept, the EX30 Cross Country was dubbed a “special version” due for European release in 2024.

    Key highlights include raised ground clearance (measurements TBC), 19-inch black alloy wheels with the option of smaller 18-inch alloy wheels “with bespoke tyres” – likely more rugged rubber.

    Other distinguishing features include a front, rear and side skidplates; special black panel trims for the front bumper and tailgate; as well as Cross Country badging with a small bonnet-mounted Swedish flag as “the cherry on top”.

    Three variants for the EX30 are offered globally.

    For the entry-level Single Motor powertrain, which offers a 200kW rear electric motor, there’s a choice of Standard Range and Extended Range batteries – a 51kW LFP base unit, and a 69kWh NMC battery for longer range. Only the Extended Range is offered in Australia.

    Atop the range is the Twin Motor Performance, which gets the 69kWh Extended Range NMC battery as standard and offers a system output of 315kW from its dual electric motors and a claimed 0-100km/h time of just 3.6 seconds – it’s the fastest-accelerating Volvo ever.

    Given the Cross Country’s more adventurous bent, the Twin Motor Performance drivetrain with AWD seems like a logical fit. However, it’s unclear if Volvo is planning a less powerful dual-motor version to coincide with the Cross Country’s global launch.

    The 2025 model-year Volvo EX30 range is on sale now, prices starting from $59,990 plus on-road costs for the base Single Motor Extended Plus variant.

    While the entry grade has not seen a price increase for MY25, the higher-spec Ultra versions – available in Single Motor and Twin Motor Performance derivatives – have both been treated to $1300 price increases despite no specification adjustments. Volvo Car Australia says rising freight costs are to blame.

    Stay tuned to CarExpert for our review of the Volvo EX30 at 5:00PM AEST on Thursday, May 9.

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    James Wong

    James Wong is the Production Editor at CarExpert based in Melbourne, Australia. With experience on both media and manufacturer sides of the industry, James has a specialty for product knowledge which stems from a life-long obsession with cars. James is a Monash University journalism graduate, an avid tennis player, and the proud charity ambassador for Drive Against Depression – an organisation that supports mental wellness through the freedom of driving and the love of cars. He's also the proud father of Freddy, a 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI .

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