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Volvo says the new V70 is definitely not a sport wagon, the term so many European manufacturers now cherish for their station wagons. The new Volvo V70 is a real station wagon, with an emphasis on practicality.
Key in the V70’s profile is safety
gear. Volvo’s Side Impact Protection System has been improved; the new model
will also get Volvo’s whiplash protection head restraints (WHIPS), adaptive
cruise control, and the Personal Car Communicator, a system that senses the
heartbeat of the driver in order to detect signs of sleepiness.
The new V70 has the family looks of the S80 and at the rear it shows a resemblance to the new C30 compact hatchback. The luggage compartment has grown by nearly two cubic feet to 19 cubic feet, and the large hatch makes it easier to access the cargo area.
The V70 will get a new 3.0-liter turbo engine with 285 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Volvo’s 3.2-liter in-line six with 238 hp and 236 lb-ft, and its 2.5-liter five-cylinder with 200 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque, also will be available, as will two diesel versions.
Stability and traction control will be standard. The turbo model will get standard all-wheel drive. Options will include the Four C-suspension, which adjusts itself to the vehicle’s speed.
Prices have not yet been
announced, but we expect them by the end of the month as we prepare for the
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