Timing and specifications for the Cross Country are still to be confirmed, although Volvo Australia boss Matt Braid confirmed with TMR today that a third-quarter 2013 debut is expected.
Unveiled in September last year, the V40 Cross Country represents a new sub-XC60 option in the compact SUV market, and will likely take on BMW's X1 when it reaches Australia.
The Cross Country's mechanical system is largely identical to the regular V40, with an all-wheel-drive system fitted to the top-shelf 187kW 2.5 litre turbo petrol T5 model.
In front-wheel-drive only, the Cross Country's other engines include a 157kW 2.0 litre version of the T5 engine, along with a 132kW 1.6 litre turbo petrol.
Transmissions for the petrol engines include a six-speed auto for the T5 model, and six-speed auto and manual options for the T4.
Diesel engines include the 130kW five-cylinder 2.0 litre D4, and a 110kW 2.0 litre D3. Both are available with six-speed auto and manual transmissions.
There is also a small 84kW D2 1.6 litre engine, available with a six-speed manual and fitted with stop/start technology.
As for Australia, Volvo's local arm is currently working through engine, transmission, specification and pricing details before locking in local details.