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XC70 with diesel grunt

XC70 with diesel grunt

The all-new Volvo XC70, the third generation of Volvo's successful XC70 line, is more refined than ever. A comfortable and luxurious interior has been combined with top-class flexibility and a ruggedly handsome appearance, making the new model just as elegant in an urban environment as in the wilderness.

The XC 70 will sell for $84,990 in both petrol and turbo diesel engined models.


The new model has a new, but unmistakably Volvo, soft nose. This is characterised by a larger, more emboldened, grille and headlamps. The dark-coloured body panels, pronounced wheel housings and raised ride height give off a "rough" and capable impression, clearly signalling the car's dynamic capabilities. A number of design elements, like the framed side windows and the distinct shoulders, create a genuine estate car profile. The new tailgate's upper section has a sportier forward-leaning stance. The tailgate overlaps the tail lamps, providing an even wider opening. The glass goes further down at the sides, enhancing rear view. The loading space is increased by 70 litres (compared with the previous XC70 model). The interior, with a Scandinavian touch, is a perfect combination of design and function.

The new, rear integrated child seats are adjustable in two steps. The top-class comfort level is characterised by increased passenger space - distance from front to rear passengers is increased by 21 millimetres, rear legroom by 48 millimetres and knee clearance by 21 millimetres. Width at shoulder height - in the front seats - is 30 millimetres wider than before.

The all-new Volvo XC70 offers a number of loading solutions. The rear seat is split into three parts - 40/20/40, providing three typically comfortable Volvo rear seats. The luggage compartment has aluminium rails and movable anchorage points. The anchorage points can be tucked down into the rails when not in use. The built-in anchorage eyelets in the side panels keep luggage securely in place. In addition, the side panels can be equipped with multifunctional rails, making it possible to attach hooks, load-anchoring nets and cargo space dividers among other loading accessories.


The all-new Volvo XC70 comes with a number of further developed and some completely new safety solutions - aimed to help avoid accidents as well as reducing the consequences of a collision. A new, height-adjustable integrated child booster cushion provides children of different sizes with a good view through the windows, while at the same time contributing to a high level of protection. The new booster cushion, providing optimum seat belt geometry, is even more effective in combination with the specially adjusted force limiters.

The Inflatable Curtain has been extended by 60 mm. In combination with the booster cushion and a strong body side, it helps increase the side impact protection - for children of different sizes. In addition, the side structure has been combined with two-chamber side impact airbags. The all-new Volvo XC70 features Volvo's patented front structure as well. The structure is divided into zones with different steel grades. The turbo diesel engine is mounted transversely, helping reduce the risk of penetration into the passenger compartment.

Volvo's Whiplash Protection System provides a gentle damping motion and contact between the head and head restraint throughout the impact sequence. The front has energy-absorption properties, including a soft structure (in front of the bumper) that helps reducing the risk of leg injuries to pedestrians. The reinforced, lower spoiler edge is moved forward and almost level with the bumper. This solution helps distribute the contact area of a pedestrian's or a cyclist's leg, helping to further reduce the risk of injury. The raised bonnet's underside has a honeycomb structure which helps absorb the energy and reduce the risk of injury.

The new model has a number of advanced and interacting braking functions, such as Hydraulic Brake Assist. ABS with EBD is of course standard.

The storage system under the luggage compartment floor has a loading capacity of 46 litres (without a spare wheel). The storage space locks automatically when closing and locking the tailgate.

Driveline and chassis

The all-new Volvo XC70 is equipped with AWD - All Wheel Drive.

The five-cylinder turbo diesel provides 136 kWs and 400 Nm of torque across a wide rev range. This powerful and modern diesel engine features a service-free particle filter, making it a highly eco-efficient engine.

The 3.2 litre six cylinder engine used in the new V70 is also available with 175 kWs and 320 Nm.

Both engines are combined with Geartronic - an automatic six-speed gearbox with a manual gear changing function.

The chassis has been further developed, in comparison with the previous XC70 model with independent rear suspension counteracting any tendency to understeer. The XC70 sits on 17 inch alloy wheels.

The Power Parking Brake is applied automatically, simplifying starting on uphill gradients for example. The DSTC (Dynamic Stability and Traction Control) system helps reduce the risk of skidding.

Hill Descent Control (HDC) regulates speed on steep downhill gradients. HDC makes it possible to drive downhill without the driver touching the brake pedal. In addition, HDC facilitates starting with a caravan on slippery surfaces, and makes it easier to launch a boat into the water.

Environment and air quality

The all-new Volvo XC70 is built and produced with the ambition of minimising the environmental impact. Both the petrol and diesel engines help reduce emissions levels to a minimum; the common rail diesel meets tough Euro IV regulations and the new 3.2 inline 6 petrol has been future proofed to comply with the yet-to-be introduced Euro V standard.

Creature comforts include retractable door mirrors with tilt function, rain sensing wipers, rear park assist, and front and rear fog lights. Inside there is leather upholstery with an electrically adjustable driver’s seat, complemented by leather bound steering wheel and gear lever.

Cruise control, a trip computer, climate control air conditioning, an alarm, engine immobiliser, remote central locking, homesafe and approach lighting are all standard.

As always in a Volvo, hi-fidelity audio is assured with an eight speaker sound system which is iPod and MP3 compatible, with controls on the steering wheel.

The XC70 comes with a three years unlimited kilometres warranty and road side assistance and a seven year anti-corrosion warranty.


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