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Volvo Turbocharges XC70 for 2009

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Last year we brought you the skinny on the new XC70, Volvo's mid-size crossover vehicle. We liked its newly toughened exterior and its city-friendly responses. But of course, we thought a little more power would help burnish its image even more.

Wish granted: for the 2009 model year, Volvo says it's applying turbocharging to the XC70's in-line six-cylinder engine. The basics of the smooth new engine haven't changed, but the displacement has shrunk a bit, from 3.2 liters to 3.0 liters, along wiht the addition of turbocharging. Volvo says the next power from the newly blown engine is 281 hp and 295 pound-feet, up 60 hp and 59 lb-ft from the base XC70. That's enough to make the new T6 version the performance flagship of the XC70 range.

A six-speed automatic is the sole transmission. All XC70 turbos come with all-wheel drive, and good-to-have off-road features like hill descent control, which uses the anti-lock brakes to control power when descending a steep grade. Other available goodies include the nifty integral child seat in the second-row bench that's featured on the standard XC70.

The turbo model goes on sale this fall; Volvo hasn't priced it yet.
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