Volvo Xc70 Unveiled at Geneva

By: Glady Reign

Volvo Cars has finally unveiled its scorching new soft-roader at this year's Geneva Motor Show. The information and images of the new vehicle was released a day before its intended launching.

The new Volvo XC70 is made bolder, sporty and more capable for adventure. The pool of Volvo engineers significantly improved the levels of road capability and refinement to pave way for a more endearing vehicle in the XC70. The vehicle offers unmatched levels of athleticism, versatility and safety and these features are distinctively Volvos.

The all-new Volvo XC70 is powered by a naturally aspirated 3.2-litre straight six-cylinder petrol engine and a 2.4-litre five-cylinder D5 turbo diesel engine. The turbo diesel delivers a full technical capabilities boosted by four valves per cylinder technology, features double overhead camshafts, advanced multi-point injection system, maintenance-free particle filter, electronically controlled turbocharger, and enhanced engine management system.

The new Volvo XC70 uses a number of to deliver flexible and agile driving experience. The vehicle's underpinning employs advanced new chassis architecture to combine exceptional driver control, comfy ride and secured handling. "With an active chassis, the car's driving properties improve in all situations," said Volvo Cars XC70 Project Director, Tomas Ahlborg. "It becomes both safer and more entertaining to drive."

The vehicle is fitted with the company's dynamic stability and traction control (DSTC) and this improves its cornering stability. At the same time, this diminishes the risk of skidding through the use of dynamic sensors to limit torque and apply calculated braking.

To enhance the off-road capability of the vehicle, Volvo integrates the speed-dependent power steering option. It is also fitted with a clever power parking brake (PPB) that automatically disengages when the accelerator is pressed so the vehicle pulls away.

The all-new XC70 also features dynamic styling emphasized by catchy sporty design, raked windscreen, tailgate angles, Volvo C30-inspired taillights and blacked-out side pillars mated to the usual off-road body kit. The charisma is boosted by refined lines and contours to give it a more elegant look.

"The dark-coloured plastic panels at the bottom are less obvious than on the current model. But as with exclusive outdoor clothing, the protection is placed exactly where it needs to be to withstand the rough stuff," said Volvo Cars Design Director, Steve Mattin.

The Volvo XC70 is equipped with a first class digital signal processing (DSP) audio system with Dolby Pro Logic II Surround. The latter has adjustable sound pattern and Premium Sound option that offers loudspeakers from Dynaudio. The vehicle also flaunts the integrated RSE system for rear passengers, the latest generation of RTI navigation system, MP3 player compatibility and optional subwoofers.

Prices of the all new Volvo XC70 will be announced early this June. The vehicle is scheduled to arrive at showrooms this September and the first customer deliveries are set on October. The current XC70 version remains on sale until the autumn.

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