March 5, 2007

New Volvo XC70 will feature better off-road capability

Although not an off-roader in the real sense, the all-new Volvo XC70 still offers significant cross-country capability comparing to the outgoing model. The vehicle is powered by a 185 PS D5 turbo diesel delivering 400 Nm of torque, or even more powerful 238 PS 3.2-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine, enough for a family estate, which will never see the real mud.

Volvo XC70

The D5 turbocharged oil-burner, for instance, features double overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder technology, an electronically controlled turbocharger, a maintenance-free particle filter, a more advanced multi-point injection system and an enhanced engine management system. Mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, the engine pushes the 2008 Volvo XC70 from zero to 60 mph in just 8.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 130 mph. It can also be ordered with Volvo's six-speed Geartronic automatic transmission with an option of manual shifting.

Volvo XC70 (back)

The 3.2-liter gasoline engine delivers impressive 320 Nm of torque. The straight-six engine features aluminum block and head with twin overhead camshafts and 24-valves as well as Volvo's patented CPS (Cam Profile Switching) system that features two completely different intake cam profiles machined onto the same camshaft.

Volvo XC70 (dashboard)

It's even more energetic than the diesel, accelerating from zero to 60 mph in only 8.1 seconds and achieving a top speed of 134 mph.

Volvo XC70 (off road)

The Volvo XC70 features really impressive for a wagon effective ground clearance of 210 mm, wading depth of 300 mm and amp angles of 19.2° approach, 19.8° breakover and 24° departure, beating the outgoing model (16°, 18° and 20° respectively) in all three areas. Its off-road abilities are further enhanced by a hill descent control system and all-wheel drive system with Volvo's own Instant Traction electronic torque distribution system.

Its price is yet to be announced in June and the first cars will reach their buyers only in October.

Picture: Volvo Cars

See also: Peugeot Holland & Holland 4007 Concept SUV

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