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2007-03-06 09:38

Meet the new Volvo XC70

Hot on the heels of the new Volvo V70 station wagon, the Swedish carmaker has unveiled the toughened-up version, the XC70.

The XC70 is in fact more popular than the V70 on which it is based. Volvo will unveil both vehicles, which shares underpinnings with the S80, at the Geneva Motor Show.

It is also clear that Volvo didn't mess with a winning formula and the latest XC70 again features dark plastic cladding around the lower half of the car.

The XC70 has raised ground clearance, which has been boosted to 209mm. Of course it comes with all-wheel-drive and the new model is also available with optional adjusting dampers. Volvo added hill-descent control too.

An electronic stability control system is standard, as is a full complement of airbags.

Thanks to the design of the body structure and the optimised use of different grades of high-strength steel, the torsional rigidity has been increased by no less than 15% compared to the previous XC70 model.

The chassis technology has been further developed compared with the previous XC70 model to provide even more stable and more controlled road manners.

Under the bonnet is Volvo's 3.2-litre inline six-cylinder producing 175 kW. Volvo also fitted its 136kW D5 diesel engine to the XC70.

Both models are only available with a new 6-speed auto transmission.

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