2013 Volvo XC70 - ruggedly posh
RUGGED SOPHISTICATION: The 2013 Volvo XC70 is a rugged, sophisticated ride for all-terrain adventures.
In 1997, Volvo paved the way for a new vehicle segment with the launch of its V70 Cross Country.
Volvo's senior vice-president of product and business, Lex Kerssemakers, said: "Our main focus in the continuous development of the XC models has been to create a very comfortable on-road car with capable off-road potential.
"The rugged and refined contemporary look reflects the XC70's underlying strength and capability - think of it as an exclusive goose-down jacket, designed around those who like their adventure with a true feeling of sophistication."
A number of new exterior design cues in 2013 serve to enhance the XC70's presence. Changes include a new grille, larger logo, daytime running lights and silver trim.
The XC70 is available with rims up to 19" in diameter.
Fedde Talsma, Volvo's exterior design director, said: "Our aim is to emphasise the luxurious feel with a more road-hugging stance. The XC70 should look perfectly at home in any environment, whether it's in the middle of the open country or a country club car park."
The XC70 features improved off-road design cues such as skidplates. The rear lights have been redesigned.
As with the V70, the rear seats can be folded down in three 40/20/40 segments. With the rear seats folded flat, stowage space is increased from 575 litres to 1,600 litres. The model also benefits froma power tailgate.
The outer rear seats can be fitted with integrated two-stage child seats - booster cushions that offer children from the age of three and upwards a comfortable and safe ride height.