2008 Volvo XC70 news, pictures, and information
All-new XC70 generation with sportier attitude and greater capability• Improved child safety wîth a world innovation
• Advanced drive systems contribute to increased safety margins
• Six-cylinder engine for the first time in the Volvo XC70
• All Wheel Drive and advanced drive systems
• First-class comfort and versatile function
• World class audio system
The all-new Volvo XC70 is the third generation of Volvo's capable cross-country model.
Just like the all-new V70 model, it offers everything that implies of luxury and a spacious interior, sporty driving properties and high comfort. In addition, the all-nefw Volvo XC70 has a number of smart solutions for increased flexibility and practical function.
Safety is naturally at the highest level and the car also includes Volvo's world breakthrough: integrated child booster cushions wîth a choice of two seating heights.
'The all-new Volvo XC70 has been developed for people who want to live out their dreams,' says Lex Kerssemakers, Senior Vice President Brand, Business and Product Strategy at Volvo Cars. 'It has the right attitude, capacity and equipment for enjoyable trips to and from your adventures. And just like the all-new V70 model, it clearly marks Volvo's increasingly strong position in the premium §egmènt. It is therefore logical that the all-new Volvo XC70 should inherit much of the same character and properties. We recognize the design, the comfort and the high safety level. The fact that the all-new Volvo XC70 is now even more versatile and capable than its predecessor is a direct response to our customers' expressed wishes and needs.'
1. Improved child safety wîth a world innovation
• Improved child safety wîth extended IC (Inflatable Curtain) and integrated booster cushions - a world breakthrough
• New, stronger side structure
• Crumple zones made from different grades of steel
• Lower cross-member contributes to enhanced compatibility
• Compact transverse engines contribute to collision safety
• Second-generation WHIPS system
• Protection for other road users
• Other protective safety solutions
'When we developed the all-new Volvo XC70 the goal, as for the all-new Volvo V70, was that it should be the safest car in its §egmènt,' says Ingrid Skogsmo, Director Volvo Cars Safety Centre. 'The XC70 model shares the same sophisticated network of interacting safety systems as the Volvo S80.The patented body structure absorbs energy in a highly efficient way. And the interior safety system includes the latest generation of side airbags and whiplash protection. What is more, we are introducing a world innovation in the field of child safety.'
Improved child safety wîth extended IC (Inflatable Curtain) and integrated booster cushions - a world breakthrough
To improve safety for children in the rear seat of the all-new XC70 model, Volvo has further developed the Side Impact Protection System (SIPS) wîth a stronger body structure, extended inflatable curtains and a height-adjustable integrated child booster cushion - the latter a world innovation.
The booster cushion, which is integrated in the rear seat, can be set at two heights, allowing children of different sizes to sit sufficiently high to see out through the windows yet at the same time get the most effective protection possible. The lower setting is intended for children between 115 and 140 cm in height and weighing between 22 and 36 kg, while the upper setting is designed for children measuring 95-120 cm and weighing between 15 and 25 kg. The all-new Volvo XC70 can be equipped wîth integrated child booster cushions in both outer rear seats.
The adjustable booster cushion means the seat belt geometry is optimum irrespective of the child's height. The integrated booster cushion is also accompanied by safety belts wîth specially adjusted force limiters. They contribute to the best possible protective effect by restraining the child wîth just the right amount of tensioning force in a collision.
The inflatable curtains in the all-new Volvo XC70 have been extended by 60 mm, which in combination wîth the height-adjustable booster cushions and the strong body side structure provide more children of different sizes wîth effective protection in a side impact.
Furthermore, the fact that more children are provided wîth comfortable seating on booster cushions helps create a more harmonious atmosphere in the car and provides better conditions for relaxed driving.
The front passenger airbag can be disabled using a key. What is more, the seat can be specified wîth attachments for rear-facing fitting of a child seat once the front passenger airbag is disabled.
New, stronger side structure
To optimise side-impact protection in the all-new XC70 model, not only for children but for all occupants, the body's entire side structure is both stronger and lighter thanks to a well-balanced combination of high-tensile steel of different grades (High Strength Steel, Extra High Strength Steel and the extremely strong Últra High Strength Steel). The various components and grades of steel interact to minimise penetration into the passenger compartment. The aim is instead to get the entire car to move sideways - away from the colliding vehicle.
The new type of side-impact airbag which was launched together wîth the all-new S80 model makes Volvo's patented SIPS (Side Impact Protection System) into an even more effective safety system. The new side impact airbags have two separate chambers - one for the hip section and one for the chest. Since the hips can withstand greater force than the chest can, the lower chamber inflates wîth up to five times more pressure than the upper section. The side-impact airbags interact wîth the inflatable curtains and the body's network of safety beams to provide the most effective protection.
Crumple zones made using different grades of steel
The patented front body structure in the all-new Volvo XC70 is divided into zones, each of which has a different task during the deformation sequence. The outer zones are responsible for most of the deformation. The closer the collision forces get to the passenger compartment, the less the material deforms.
In order to give each zone the right properties, different grades of steel are used in different structures, a total of four different grades. Apart from regular body steel, three different grades of high-tensile steel are used: High Strength Steel, Extra High Strength Steel and Últra High Strength Steel.
'With the zone system, we can exploit the material's properties to the very maximum for the best possible energy absorption,' explains Ingrid Skogsmo. 'The aim is that the passenger compartment should be preserved in a predictable way in a variety of collision scenarios.'
ZONE FOR DEFORMATION AT LOW SPEEDS
|Engine : 2.4 L., 5-cylinder|
Power: 185 hp
Torque: 295 ft-lbs
6-speed Manual, 5-speed Automatic, 6-speed Automatic
ZONE FOR DEFORMATION AT HIGH SPEEDS
The straight sections of the longitudinal beams are made of High Strength Steel, a very tough grade of steel that is optimised for high energy absorption. This zone accounts for most of the deformation.
ZONE FOR BACKÚP
The beam section that curves out towards the A-posts serves as a barrier protecting the passenger compartment and also as a backup to reduce deformation. Its shape also helps minimise the risk of the front wheel penetrating into the passenger compartment. Instead, the wheel helps absorb the collision forces. This section is very rigid and is made of Extra High Strength Steel.
A rigid cross-member links the two A-posts and the lower side-members so that they form a particularly sturdy three-point attachment on each side. This design is particularly effective at protecting the passenger compartment in a severe impact.
Lower cross-member contributes to enhanced compatibility
With its high ground clearance, the all-new Volvo XC70 comes wîth relatively high-positioned bumpers, which may create a greater risk of damage to an oncoming passenger car wîth lower positioned bumpers. To reduce the risk of injury in a collision, the front suspension subframe in the Volvo XC70 is supplemented wîth a lower cross-member, positioned at the height of the bumper in a conventional car. This lower beam is integrated into the XC70's structure and is neatly concealed behind the spoiler. In a collision the lower cross-member is aimed to strike the oncoming car's protective structure, activating its crumple zone as intended so the occupants can be given the maximum level of protection.
Compact transverse engines contribute to collision safety
Like its larger stablemate in the XC range, the Volvo XC90, the all-new Volvo XC70 has a transverse driveline and four-wheel drive. Transverse installation gives the engine more space inside the engine compartment and helps reduce the risk of penetration into the passenger compartment in a frontal impact.
Even the six-cylinder engine has been able to be installed transversely in the all-new XC70 model thanks to its extremely compact format and efficient packaging in the engine compartment.
Second-generation WHIPS system
Volvo's system for avoiding neck injuries - WHIPS (Whiplash Protection System) - is one of the most effective on the market. In the event of a rear-end collision the front seat backrest accompanies the passenger's initial body movement and dampens the incoming force rather like one's hand does when catching a ball.
The all-new Volvo XC70 features the same generation of WHIPS mechanism as was launched on the all-new S80 model. This generation was further developed to ensure that the damping motion is gentle and to provide good contact between the head and head restraint throughout the impact sequence.
Protection for other road users
Protection for pedestrians and cyclists has also been further developed in the all-new Volvo XC70. The front has been given energy-absorbing properties, not least wîth a generously dimensioned soft structure in front of the bumper that helps reduce the risk of leg injuries. In addition, the spoiler's lower edge has been reinforced and moved forward, almost on a level wîth the bumper. The aim is that the area of contact on a pedestrian's or cyclist's leg should be distributed across a larger area, thus helping reduce the risk of injury still further.
The bonnet is raised and its underside has a honeycomb structure which similarly spreads the load in the event of an impact, thus helping to absorb the energy and reduce the risk of personal injury.
Other protective safety solutions
• Collapsing §teering column which upon deformation moves horizontally for the best possible interaction wîth the airbag
• Pedals wîth a function that limits the risk of penetration into the passenger compartment
• Airbags wîth two-stage function
• Seat belt pre-tensioners for all five seats
• Seat belt reminders for all five seats
• Force limiters for the front seat belts
• Reinforced, transversely fitted tubular beam between the A-posts
• Strong SIPS tubes in the seats and a sturdy magnesium bracket in the middle of the car
• Diagonally fitted beams of Últra High Strength Steel in the doors
2. Advanced drive systems contribute to increased safety margins
• Collision warning wîth brake support and emergency brake lights
• Adaptive cruise control
• Advanced information systems contribute to better driver control
• Active Bi-Xenon Lights - swivelling headlamp beams
• Advanced, interacting braking functions
• Personal Car Communicator wîth heartbeat sensor provides enhanced security
• Laminated glass all round and automatically locked storage unit in the luggage compartment
'The best way to protect the car's occupants is to avoid accidents,' says Ingrid Skogsmo. 'That's why we've developed a number of advanced driving and support systems that interact intelligently to assist the driver in difficult situations, yet without taking over the driving itself or taking over responsibility for safe progress. The task is to assist the driver to take the right decisions, by alerting him or her and in various ways indicating how best to get out of the situation.'
Collision warning wîth brake support and emergency brake lights
Rear-end collisions are a common type of accident. In many of these cases, the reason is that the driver is distracted and fails to respond in time.
Against this background, Volvo Cars has developed a system known as Collision Warning wîth Brake Support. It is an advanced system wîth auxiliary functions that aim to avoid rear-end impacts or to minimise their consequences should they nevertheless occur.
The area in front of the car is continuously monitored wîth the help of a radar sensor. The system is activated in a variety of ways at different stages of the sequence:
If the car approaches another vehicle from the rear and the driver does not react, a red warning lamp flashes in the windscreen. At the same time, a warning buzzer sounds. In certain situations this is enough for the driver to respond and take action to avoid the danger.
If the risk of a collision increases despite the warning, the brake support system is activated. In order to shorten the reaction time, the brakes are prepared for action by automatic application of the pads against the discs. In addition, brake pressure is amplified hydraulically, which results in good braking effect even if the driver does not press particularly hard on the brake pedal.
'If the road speed is not too high, brake support helps reduce the consequences of a collision,' says Ingrid Skogsmo. 'However, it is always the driver's reactions that are crucial to the outcome.'
The application of firm braking is signalled to traffic behind the car by the brake lights first flashing (valid for Europe - fixed light for ÚS markets). Once speed drops to below 30 km/h, the hazard warning flashers are also activated.
In order to adapt the warning system to different conditions and individual driving styles, the system's sensitivity can be adjusted in the car's setup menu. There is a choice of three settings.
Adaptive cruise control
In order to help the driver stay a safe distance behind the vehicle in front, Volvo Cars has developed Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). This system should primarily be regarded as a comfort function but it does also contribute to more controlled progress if the rhythm of traffic is uneven. The technology is also used as a basis for several of Volvo's advanced driving and support systems.
Úsing a radar sensor, the adaptive cruise control continually monitors the gap to the vehicles in front and automatically adjusts the car's speed to ensure that this gap does not shrink too much.
The driver activates the cruise control by setting a desired speed between 30 and 200 km/h and then selecting the minimum time gap to the vehicles in front. There are five different time gaps to choose between.
Advanced information systems contribute to better driver control
The all-new Volvo XC70 is also equipped wîth BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) and IDIS (Intelligent Driver Information System), two systems that can help the driver maintain better control over the driving situation.
Úsing cameras integrated into the door mirrors, BLIS registers whether another vehicle is in the blind spot offset to the rear of the car. If there is a vehicle there, a lamp lights up at the relevant mirror to alert the driver and increase his or her chance of making the appropriate decision.
IDIS is an electronic information system that helps prevent the driver from becoming distracted by irrelevant information in busy situations. By continuously monitoring certain functions in the car such as §teering wheel movements, the movement of the accelerator pedal, turn indicator usage and brake application, IDIS can assess the complexity of the current situation. The information is processed and at a certain level of complexity, any information that is not essential to safety is delayed, for instance incoming phone calls or SMS text messages.
Active Bi-Xenon Lights - swivelling headlamp beams
In order to contribute to the best possible visibility during night-time driving on curving and twisting roads, the all-new Volvo XC70 can be equipped wîth Active Bi-Xenon Lights - swivelling headlamps that follow the sweeps and bends of the road. A mini-processor is used to calculate and analyse a number of parameters and optimise the light beam to suit the situation. The headlamps can be swivelled up to 15 degrees in either direction, totalling 30 degrees, and can thus light up a longer stretch of road as it twists and turns. In order to save wear and tear on the system, it is automatically deactivated in daylight conditions.
In order to lower the risk of dazzling oncoming traffic, the headlamps' height is adjusted depending on how heavily the car is loaded and also on whether the car is accelerating or braking.
The headlamps are cleaned using an electromagnetic high-pressure system that washes one headlamp at a time so as to always provide the best possible illumination under all conditions.
Advanced, interacting braking functions
The all-new Volvo XC70 has a highly advanced braking system wîth a number of functions that interact to ensure the shortest possible braking distance under all circumstances.
HYDRAÚLIC BRAKE ASSIST (HBA) is a new generation of Volvo's emergency braking support system. It helps the driver to brake in the shortest possible distance in a panic situation. Únlike the previous system which was only based on vacuum, here brake pressure is also reinforced hydraulically. In an emergency situation where the driver does not press the brake pedal sufficiently quickly and firmly, HBA can help ensure that the ABS system is utilised optimally and the braking distance is reduced.
OPTIMIZED HYDRAÚLIC BRAKES (OHB) reinforce braking ability under hard braking by utilising hydraulics to compensate for low vacuum pressure in the brake servo.
READY ALERT BRAKES (RAB) can predict rapid braking and apply the brake pads against the discs even before the driver has time to press the brake pedal. The braking system's response time - and the braking distance - can thus be shortened. The triggering signal for the braking system may be that the accelerator pedal is released suddenly or that the adaptive cruise control registers an obstacle in front of the car.
FADING BRAKE SÚPPORT (FBS) utilises the hydraulics to gradually build up braking pressure during long hard braking, thus helping cut the risk of brake fade and maintaining pedal feel.
Personal Car Communicator wîth heartbeat sensor provides enhanced security
In an increasingly insecure world, it is important to have control over what happens in one's immediate vicinity, not least when you park your car. This is a matter both of preventing theft of and from the car and also of avoiding situations that may involve personal risks.
Together wîth the all-new S80 model, Volvo Cars launched the Personal Car Communicator (PCC), an advanced pocket-sized control centre which is now also available on the all-new Volvo XC70. The Personal Car Communicator provides information which in some circumstances may be crucial to the car owner's security and safety.
The Personal Car Communicator is remarkably like a regular remote control but it can do a lot more than just activate the locks and alarm. A simple push of a button can within a few seconds tell the car owner if ...
... the car is locked or unlocked ...
... if the alarm has been triggered ...
... if the alarm has been triggered and someone is inside the car, which can be registered by a highly sensitive heartbeat sensor and an advanced calculation process.
The information is available and up-to-date as long as the distance between the PCC and the car is about 100 metres or less. In addition, the most recent data is logged so the owner can at any time and any place check whether the car really was locked when it was parked.
Laminated glass all round and automatically locked storage unit in the luggage compartment
In order to make break-ins more difficult, the all-new Volvo XC70 can be specified wîth laminated glass in all the windows, including the rear side windows and the tailgate. This means that the luggage compartment too gets effective protection.
The rear storage system under the luggage compartment floor has a capacity of no less than 46 litres if the car does not have a spare wheel, and it is now lockable. It is locked automatically and conveniently when the tailgate is closed and locked.
3. Six-cylinder engine for the first time in the Volvo XC70
• Six-cylinder normally aspirated engine wîth dual cam profiles
• Extremely compact design
• Energy-efficient turbodiesel from second-generation D5 range
• Petrol and diesel engines at the launch of the all-new Volvo XC70
• Six-speed Geartronic
'We can now for the first time ever offer a six-cylinder engine in the Volvo XC70,' says Tomas Ahlborg, Project Director for the all-new XC70. 'It is the extremely compact transverse in-line unit made of aluminium that was launched in conjunction wîth the all-new Volvo S80. With six cylinders and a displacement of 3.2 litres, the XC70 gets the power and driveability that a true adventurer needs. With this new powerplant, we can give discerning customers an entirely new and longed-for driving experience.'
Six-cylinder normally aspirated engine wîth dual cam profiles
The six-cylinder normally aspirated engine producing 175 kW (238 hp) and 320 Nm offers a high-class driving experience. The engine has an advanced valve mechanism featuring dual cam profiles on the inlet side. With CPS (Cam Profile Switching), as the system is known, the inlet valves can be raised to two different heights depending on engine revs and load.
In normal driving, wîth normal throttle activation and low engine revs, fuel consumption is minimised at the same time as there is sufficient torque for good driveability.
In sportier driving, under full acceleration and high revs, the engine is immensely alert to the throttle and powerful at both low and high speeds.
'In principle two engines in one,' explains Thomas Ahlborg 'satisfying both performance-orientated customers and those who prioritise driving comfort and fuel economy.'
In addition, the engine features VIS (Variable Intake System). It consists of two throttle valves that adjust the volume of the inlet manifold to suit the current driving conditions and allow the engine's capacity to be exploited to the very maximum throughout the rev range.
Extremely compact design
As in the other Volvo models, the engines in the all-new Volvo XC70 are installed transversely, even the six-cylinder unit. This has been made possible owing to an extremely compact construction.
'A transversely mounted compact engine is the best way to reduce the risk of penetration into the passenger compartment in the event of a frontal collision, since the engine takes up minimal space in the car's longitudinal direction,' explains Tomas Ahlborg.
The six-cylinder in-line engine's compact format has been achieved by positioning ancillaries such as the power §teering pump and air conditioning compressor behind the engine in the space above the gearbox. There is therefore no drive system for these ancillaries in front of the engine. Instead, drive is provided via gears on the rear of the crankshaft. This solution is called READ - Rear End Ancillary Drive. The alternator is direct-driven and is fitted onto the engine block. These solutions mean the entire package including the engine and gearbox take up the least possible space, above all in the car's longitudinal direction.
By designing the drive system in the form of a small 'gearbox' wîth an intermediary shaft inside the driveshaft - a solution known as Shaft In Shaft - the whole package has been able to be made very short. The two shafts are driven by different gears that give them different speeds (one speed for camshaft drive and one for powering the ancillaries).
Even the vibration damper, which compensates for vibrations in the six-cylinder engine's relatively long crankshaft, has been integrated inside the engine block.
As an alternative to the six-cylinder normally aspirated engine, the all-new Volvo XC70 can be specified wîth Volvo's in-house manufactured second-generation D5 five-cylinder diesel engine. It is a very powerful and easy to drive turbodiesel which is available in two versions. The more powerful variant offers no less than 400 Nm of torque - and it does so across a particularly wide rev range.
Compared wîth the first generation, the new D5 engine has been further developed and comprehensively refined, featuring a new electronically controlled turbocharger, more advanced multi-point injection technology and a particularly powerful engine management system. The improvements have resulted in an entirely new driving experience wîth far higher performance and improved driveability. At the same time, emissions are noticeably lower.
A service-free particle filter is standard, making the D5 a highly eco-efficient alternative.
Both the engines feature four valves per cylinder and double overhead camshafts, promoting alert response and good high-speed properties.
Petrol and diesel engines at the launch of the all-new Volvo XC70
Engine Configuration Output kW/hp Torque Nm
3.2 I6 petrol I6 175/238 320
D5 diesel I5 136/185 400
The two engines in the all-new Volvo XC70 are mated to a six-speed gearbox, manual or automatic wîth Geartronic. They are designed to handle the huge power of these engines. With Geartronic it is also possible to change gear manually.
4. All Wheel Drive and advanced drive systems
• Advanced body structure and stable chassis promote controlled ride and roadholding properties
• Active chassis wîth Four-C - and three choices
• All Wheel Drive wîth Instant Traction
• Hill Descent Control regulates speed on steep downhill gradients
• Adjustable power §teering
• Power Parking Brake is standard
• DSTC is standard
'The all-new Volvo XC70 has been further developed in every respect,' says Tomas Ahlborg. 'The chassis technology offers high-class driving feel and superb control whatever the situation. With the intelligent All Wheel Drive system and raised ground clearance, we furthermore add in those characteristic XC properties of excellent get-you-there ability and formidable capability. What is more, we are launching Hill Descent Control, which makes it easier to master crawling in low gear on steep downhill gradients.'
Advanced body structure and stable chassis promote controlled ride and roadholding properties
Not only the driveline but the whole of the car has been developed and balanced to give a first-class driving experience, based largely on pliant ride and secure roadholding allied to high stability. Stability is in fact particularly important when driving wîth a heavy load and on poor surfaces.
The body features a highly advanced structure that contributes to both good deformation properties in the event of a collision and high torsional rigidity. 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 percent compared to the previous XC70 model. Good torsional rigidity is the very basis of the car's excellent ride and roadholding properties.
The chassis technology has been further developed compared wîth the previous XC70 model to provide even more stable and more controlled road manners. A lot of effort has also gone into features such as the suspension system and engine installation to ensure high-class comfort.
In order to provide the necessary get-you-there ability on difficult surfaces, the XC70 has raised ground clearance. It rides 209 millimetres high.
Active chassis wîth Four-C - and three choices
The all-new Volvo XC70 can be optionally specified wîth an active chassis based on Volvo's Four-C technology. It is an advanced self-regulating chassis system that uses a number of sensors to continuously monitor the car's behaviour. The dampers are adjusted to suit the current driving conditions in mere fractions of a second.
Four-C adjusts chassis settings to match the car's speed. The higher the speed, the firmer the damping. This makes the car easy to control even at high speeds. This technology also reduces the car's tendency to squat, dip or yaw under hard acceleration, firm braking and quick §teering wheel movements.
'With an active chassis, the car's driving properties improve in all situations,' says Tomas Ahlborg. 'It becomes both safer and more entertaining to drive.'
Three alternative chassis settings at the touch of a button allow the driver to alter the car's driving character to suit his or her personal taste.
COMFORT provides pleasant, comfortable progress wîth calm, harmonious body movements.
SPORT provides more controlled body movements, faster §teering response and a higher degree of road contact.
ADVANCED gives minimum damper movement and maximum contact between tyres and road surface. It's the setting for enthusiastic driving on smooth and flat asphalt.
In a difficult-to-control situation, however, the driver's choice makes no difference at all: Four-C always responds by helping the driver out of the situation by automatically stabilising the car to maintain control.
All Wheel Drive wîth Instant Traction
The all-new Volvo XC70 is equipped wîth Volvo's All Wheel Drive. Úsing an electronically controlled hydraulic clutch, the AWD system distributes drive between the front and rear wheels to ensure the best possible road grip in all situations. The system features Instant Traction, which shifts drive at lightning speed from the front to the rear wheels when starting on a slippery or loose surface.
Hill Descent Control regulates speed on steep downhill gradients
'Some off-road cars have an extra low gear for crawling, but we have chosen a more sophisticated solution that better suits our XC concept,' says Tomas Ahlborg. 'It's called Hill Descent Control (HDC) and makes it easier to crawl in bottom gear on steep downhill slopes.'
Úsing the car's brakes and engine torque, HDC controls the car's speed and keeps it steady at about 10 km/h. This function is activated via a button in the instrument panel. The driver can easily take command over HDC by pressing the accelerator or brake pedal. Changing gear automatically disengages HDC. All changes take place smoothly and gently.
Thanks to the smooth response when the accelerator is pressed, Hill Descent Control also contributes to comfortable starts when towing a caravan. On a slippery surface, which is sometimes the case in camping grounds, this is extra beneficial.
Hill Descent Control also operates when reversing so it can be of considerable help at the slipway when launching a boat into the water. The system operates wîth both manual and automatic gearboxes.
Adjustable power §teering
Speed-dependent power §teering is available as an option. The system delivers more servo assistance at low speeds, for instance to make things easier when crawling slowly on difficult surfaces. Servo assistance is reduced as speed rises, disappearing entirely at higher cruising speeds.
In order to give every driver the most optimum road feedback, servo effect can be adjusted via the car's information and set-up system. Three levels of servo assistance are available.
Power Parking Brake is standard
In order to assist the driver when starting on an uphill gradient, the all-new Volvo XC70 has a smart, electrically operated parking brake system known as Power Parking Brake. This makes things far easier for the driver, especially if the car is fitted wîth a manual gearbox. If the parking brake is engaged at traffic lights, for instance, it is automatically disengaged when the accelerator is pressed and the car moves off. Please note that the driver's safety belt must be secured for this function to operate.
The parking brake is engaged by pushing a lever to the left of the §teering wheel and disengaged by pulling the lever.
To ensure that the parking brake is applied when the car is parked, it is automatically engaged when the key is removed from the ignition switch or, if the car is equipped wîth Keyless Drive, when the door is opened. This function must be selected initially in the car settings menu.
DSTC is standard
DSTC (Dynamic Stability and Traction Control) is standard in the all-new Volvo XC70. This is a stability-enhancing system that when necessary reduces engine torque and applies carefully calculated braking power to reduce the risk of a skid.
'By combining systems such as Four-C, AWD and DSTC we can offer a driving experience of extremely high calibre under virtually all operating conditions, even when the car is loaded,' says Tomas Ahlborg. 'The fact that the driver can also influence the car's character via the alternative chassis settings makes the experience and the feeling of control even more highly appreciated.'
5. First-class comfort and versatile function
• Increased legroom
• Ventilated seats
• Clean Zone Interior Package provides enhanced comfort
• Personal comfort settings
• Smart and versatile functionality
• Versatile load compartment floor makes loading easier
• Power-operated tailgate
'By building on the modern S80 base when we designed the all-new XC70 model, we have been able to improve both comfort and the scope for utilizing the vehicle in an intelligent way,' says Tomas Ahlborg. 'More interior space and more versatile functions make the all-new Volvo XC70 a truly capable companion for adventurers and everyday motorists alike.'
The all-new Volvo XC70 is both more spacious and more comfortable than its predecessor. The distance from front to rear passengers has been extended by 21 millimetres, rear legroom by 48 millimetres and rear knee clearance by 21 millimetres. Large drivers and passengers will be happy to note that width at shoulder height has been increased by 30 millimetres in the front seats.
Volvo's front seats are regarded by many as the very best on the market. They are designed to offer the best possible support and comfort, even on long trips. Power-adjustable seats are available as an option, and they can be equipped wîth perforated and ventilated leather upholstery. These seats are equipped wîth fans in the seat and backrest cushions. The temperature in the cushions is swiftly lowered to a pleasant level and contributes to superb seating comfort, especially on hot days and in humid climates.
The opposite effect - heating of the front seats when the weather turns chilly - can be selected at a choice of three temperature settings. The rear seat too can be specified wîth heating, which includes separate switches for each of the two outer seats and, as in the front seats, three temperature settings.
Clean Zone Interior Package provides enhanced comfort
In order to give particularly sensitive passengers a better interior in-car climate, the all-new Volvo XC70 can be equipped wîth the Clean Zone Interior Package, a system that is based on ECC (Electronic Climate Control) and IAQS (Interior Air Quality System).
When the car is unlocked using the remote control, the passenger compartment is automatically ventilated for about a minute if the outdoor temperature is higher than 10 degrees Celsius. Clean Zone Interior Package creates a passenger environment that has been approved by the Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association.
The interior trim materials and fittings have been selected to emit minimum levels of harmful substances.
Personal comfort settings
The XC70 driver has a wide range of scope for adjusting the car's comfort functions to suit his or her personal needs and wishes. These settings are altered in the car's information system. The menu includes the seats, rear-view mirrors, climate unit, audio unit, navigation system and to a certain extent the car's driving properties. One of the selectable functions is automatic operation of the rear defroster. When this setting is chosen, the defroster is automatically activated when outside temperature is about 9 degrees C. Another example is the speed-dependent power §teering. It is an option and can be set at one of three levels via the information system.
'Being able to alter settings oneself gives added comfort,' says Tomas Ahlborg. 'However, from the safety viewpoint it is important that we do not spend too much time on the menu system while driving. In order to prevent the driver from losing concentration on the road while driving, certain functions are therefore blocked in the menu after about 20 seconds.'
Smart and versatile functionality
'The all-new Volvo XC70 is synonymous wîth versatility and enhanced capability,' says Tomas Ahlborg. 'Plenty of space, a three-part rear seat and a number of intelligent functions make loading and travel a real pleasure, both wîth and without luggage.'
The rear seat splits 40/20/40, wîth two very comfortable seats and a convenient armrest in between. The centre backrest can be folded to make space for long cargo items or raised to provide an additional seat. The backrests can be folded separately to create a larger load compartment wîth an entirely flat floor. With the foldable backrest in the front passenger seat, the combination possibilities are even greater.
The luggage compartment floor is equipped wîth aluminium rails and movable anchorage points to secure the load. The anchorage points can be tucked down into the rails when they are not in use so they are entirely out of the way. The side panels also have built-in load anchorage eyelets to keep luggage securely in place. What is more, they can be supplemented wîth multifunctional rails for a variety of hooks, load-anchoring nets, cargo space dividers and other load-related accessories.
In order to protect the luggage compartment floor there is a wide range of mats, including one that can be folded double for normal use or opened out across the entire luggage compartment floor when the rear backrests are folded down.
Versatile load compartment floor makes loading easier
An extra sliding load floor is available as an accessory. It is fastened simply and quickly in the floor rails and slides out easily over the bumper to permit convenient loading. It is automatically locked into place when the handle is released. When it is not in use, the floor can easily be removed from the car altogether.
The sliding floor and complete load system fulfil Volvo's extremely high demands for safety.
Loading is can be made even more convenient by the fact that choosing the optional power-operated tailgate is power-operated. It is opened by pressing a button on the remote control, and the rest is handled by the car's hydraulics. Handy when your own hands are full. In order to reduce the risk of accidentally squashing one's hands or fingers, it is closed from the panel on the tailgate itself. What is more, there is a dual-stage safety function integrated into the tailgate, involving a pinch protection moulding on each side and an emergency stop, which means that the hydraulic system is equipped wîth a force sensor, stopping immediately if it senses an obstruction during operation. A wide range of accessories featuring holders for such equipment as bikes, kayaks, skis and snowboards is available for cars wîth or without rails. Bikes can also be transported inside the car, secured to the floor rails using a special holder.
6. World class audio system
• Digital technology contributes to natural sound profile
• Automatic volume and tone adjustment
• Three performance levels
• Dolby Pro Logic II Surround wîth adjustable sound pattern
• World-famous loudspeakers from Dynaudio of Denmark
• Optional subwoofer provides richer bass tones
• Plays MP3 format
• Integrated DVD system in the rear seat
• The latest-generation RTI
'Volvo's audio systems are among the very best in the automotive world today,' says Tomas Ahlborg. 'And obviously only the best is good enough in a car of the calibre of the all-new Volvo XC70. In cooperation wîth the foremost audio manufacturers in the world, we have developed a first-class sound system wîth a digital amplifier from Alpine, Dolby Pro Logic II Surround and excellent loudspeakers from Danish experts Dynaudio. The result is an audio experience of absolute world class.'
Digital technology contributes to natural sound profile
The very latest in digital technology has been used to control and adjust sound reproduction to suit the shape of the passenger compartment and the positioning of the loudspeakers. Úsing DSP - Digital Signal Processing - the tone curve has been fine-tuned so it contributes to natural audio quality.
Digital technology is also used in Volvo's modern amplifier, developed in cooperation wîth Alpine. A digital class D amplifier has extremely low current consumption thanks to its high efficiency rating. This ?also means that it produces less heat than an analogue amplifier and that it can be made more compact.
Volvo's amplifier also has a particularly high damping factor thanks to ICEPower® technology from Denmark's Bang & Olufsen PowerHouse a/s. This technology contributes to crystal-clear yet powerful sound all the way down to the deepest bass tones.
Automatic volume and tone adjustment
Owing to the use of digital technology, the sound can be adjusted to match the driving situation. Not only volume but tone too is adjusted automatically in response to the car's speed. Furthermore, there is scope for individual preferences. In the car's menu system wîth its personal settings the driver can choose by how much the sound should be adjusted in relation to the car's speed. There are three levels to choose between: low, medium and high.
Three performance levels
For the all-new Volvo XC70 there are three levels of sound system to choose between:
• Performance - wîth a 4x20 W amplifier and six loudspeakers
• High Performance - wîth a 4x40 W amplifier and eight loudspeakers
• Premium Sound - wîth a digital 5x130 W amplifier, Dolby® Pro Logic II Surround and twelve Dynaudio loudspeakers. The system can also be supplemented wîth a subwoofer under the luggage compartment floor. It features an integrated digital 2 x 130 W amplifier.
• Dolby Pro Logic II Surround wîth adjustable sound pattern
Volvo was the first car-maker in the world to factory-fit an audio system wîth Dolby® Pro Logic Surround sound. The technology was developed to provide authentic multi-channel sound perception and it was introduced in 1997 in the very first Volvo C70 generation.
The system offered on the all-new Volvo XC70 is the latest surround-sound generation, Dolby Pro Logic II Surround. It is a 5.1-channel system that provides a broad audio profile in the front seats and authentic stereo effect and full bandwidth in the rear seat. What is more, sound from the front and rear loudspeakers is blended into a natural entity.
In order to further contribute to the best possible individual audio experience, the Premium Sound unit has a special setup facility. The audio profile can be optimised in three different ways - for the best possible clarity from the driver's seat, from both front seats or from the rear seat. The selection is made via the car's information system.
'A person riding alone in the car can set up the audio profile wîth unashamed selfishness!' says Tomas Ahlborg. 'And if the car owner is riding in the back seat, it's equally easy to prioritise the audio experience there.'
World-famous loudspeakers from Dynaudio of Denmark
The loudspeakers in the Volvo XC70 are of consistent high quality. The Premium Sound level features loudspeakers from Danish specialists Dynaudio®, a company wîth which Volvo has had long in-depth technical cooperation.
There are large three-way loudspeakers integrated into the front doors. The rear doors feature two-way loudspeakers wîth a tweeter and a mid/woofer. The tweeter diaphragm is made of textile (known as a silk dome tweeter), a Dynaudio speciality that helps create more crystal-clear sound. Each loudspeaker has a passive crossover filter to provide a harmonious total sound experience wîth the best possible bandwidth and dynamics.
Specially developed centre loudspeakers in the instrument panel interact wîth the door-mounted loudspeakers to create a natural, homogeneous sound.
Optional subwoofer provides richer bass tones
To achieve even deeper, richer bass tones, the Premium Sound and High Performance systems can be complemented wîth a twelve-litre, dual-chamber subwoofer under the luggage floor, close to the rear seat backrest. The subwoofer, which is developed by Alpine, includes two 6.5' bass elements and an integrated digital 2x130 W amplifier. This subwoofer is able to provide very high-quality bass performance.
Plays MP3 format
With the High Performance and Premium Sound systems, it is now possible to play CDs wîth music in MP3 or WMA format. This means that the CD changer can store several hundred tracks and give the owner access to large sections of his or her personal musical library in the car.
In addition, all the audio units are now equipped wîth an extra input (AÚX) for connecting additional equipment such as a portable MP3 player.
In order to boost radio listening quality, the FM radio has no less than three aerials to ensure the best possible reception in a system known as scanning diversity.
Integrated DVD system in the rear seat
It is possible to equip the car wîth a highly advanced entertainment system designed for passengers in the back seat, known as Rear Seat Entertainment or RSE. An integrated DVD player, seven-inch flat-screen monitors built into the front seat headrests, wireless headphones and remote control are all included in the system. An extra socket makes it possible to connect an additional DVD player, TV game or video camera. The two screens can be used independently of one another.
The latest-generation RTI
Volvo's RTI (Road and Traffic Information) navigation system is highly efficient. The range of maps has recently been extended, wîth several new countries added, particularly in Eastern Europe. There are now three DVD discs for Europe and three for the ÚSA, where Hawaii and Canada have been added. The material has also been updated wîth the latest roads, restaurants and hotels.
The system has been further developed wîth a new processor, which among other things allows alternative routes to be calculated far faster than before. In addition, new information such as the national flag and facts about the country, speed limits and rules governing the use of mobile phones while driving is shown on the screen when a national border is passed.Source - Volvo
The all-new Volvo XC70 - more refined appearance but still ready for tough adventures• More elegant and capable
• Dynamic driving protection in the right places
• More sporty exterior - without compromising functionality
• New, smart tailgate
• Interior wîth more premium touch and feel
The all-new Volvo XC70 has admittedly dressed up for a luxurious night out in town, but its appetite for exciting adventure is as large as ever.
'The dark-coloured plastic panels at the bottom are less obvious than on the current model. But as wîth exclusive outdoor clothing, the protection is placed exactly where it needs to be to withstand the rough stuff,' says Volvo Cars Design Director Steve Mattin.
The large dark-coloured plastic panels on the current XC70 model have now been mostly replaced wîth painted surfaces. This in combination wîth refined lines and contours and a more dynamic rear section give the all-new XC70 a more elegant, more luxurious appearance.
But don't be fooled into thinking the XC70 is ready to abdicate its position as the sportiest, most capable XC model. Quite the contrary.
'Imagine you are driving comfortably on an open motorway. When you look out the side window across the bleak landscape, you are surprised to be overtaken by a car driving in the rough desert wîth a trail a cloud of dust behind it. That was the vision and that was the car we had in our minds when we started designing the all-new XC70,' explains Stefan Jansson, who is in charge of the exterior design.
Larger painted area at the frontAt the front the characteristic dark nose of the current XC70 has been abandoned and replaced wîth a new, unique soft nose. The headlamps and grille have grown and now have the same trapezoidal shape that was first seen on the XC60 Concept in Detroit in early 2007.
In order to retain the rugged stance, the plastic panels at the corners have been emphasized around the bumper air intakes, which are more clearly pronounced.
'They look like 'boxing-gloves', while the shape of the air intakes is inspired by a jet engine's frontal profile. These lines are echoed around the red reflectors at the rear, which accordingly trace the shape of the extractors on a jet engine,' explains Stefan Jansson.
The silver-coloured protective skid-plate at the front has been widened and integrated to take on a spoiler-like shape.
Tall and spacious wîth rippling muscles
Along the sides the contrasting, protective sections have been supplemented wîth a chrome moulding at the bottom of the doors to emphasise the required stance of a tall, spacious car wîth elegant lines and rippling muscles. The roof-rail is integrated into the A-pillar moulding.
'The framed side windows, the distinct shoulders and the clean lines create harmony between the rounded, sporty front and the spacious rear of a genuine estate car. The raised rear section is also an important element in creating the well-balanced impression,' says Stefan Jansson.
The pronounced wheel housings are another important feature of the XC70 model's confident statement that this is a highly capable car. The all-new XC70 can be specified wîth a variety of wheels all the way up to sporty six-spoke 18-inch alloys.
Intelligent overlapping tailgate
The rear of the all-new XC70 gives a more dynamic, more sculpted impression wîth the hexagonal design language taken from the remarkable glass tailgate of the new Volvo C30. The rear glass window also extends further down than the side windows to give the driver better rearward visibility.
'The shape of the outside is now more dynamic without compromising the car's practical properties. With the help of the intelligent overlapping tailgate, which takes the tail lamps up wîth it when it is opened, the space inside the car is larger than before and easy to load,' says Steve Mattin.
At the rear, the Volvo name on the tailgate features more pronounced lettering wîth wider spacing than before. A new feature that was first shown on the XC60 Concept in Detroit this year.
Luxurious and adventurous
The all-new XC70 model represents Scandinavian design at its best - that is to say every little detail has been designed wîth one hundred percent focus on clean lines and intelligent functionality.
Comfort in the front seat includes superb seats and ergonomically designed instruments - naturally including an elegant, super-slim centre stack and an audio system of absolute world class.
'One could say that the XC70 has a dual personality. On weekdays it's a sophisticated and elegant car for an active urban life. Come the weekend and it transforms into a rugged partner for all kinds of exciting adventures,' says Jonathan Disley, who has designed the interior of the all-new XC70.
Espresso Brown interior and royal inspiration
In addition to Sandstone Beige and Anthracite Black there is an Espresso Brown option where the warm dark colour of the seats, door panels and instrument panel contrasts wîth the sand-coloured detailing of the rest of the interior trim.
The special XC70 feeling inside the car has been inspired by one of the best-known patterns of Swedish design history - 'Virrvarr' (Chaos or Confusion) by Swedish prince and later internationally renowned designer Sigvard Bernadotte.
'The ‘tangled' theme in 'Virrvarr' served as the inspiration for a number of details: the stitching of the leather, the cross-brushed aluminium panels and the mesh pockets at the rear. The idea is that the criss-crossing lines should be echoed throughout the interior to make the car even more exciting,' says Boel Hermansson, head of colour and material design for the all-new XC70.Source - Volvo
Model Overview: 2008 Volvo S80Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price
S80 3.2: $38,705
S80 T6 AWD: $42,045
S80 V8 AWD: $49,210
All new last year, the acclaimed Volvo S80 gains an exciting new dimension in performance for 2008 wîth the introduction of the turbocharged T6 AWD. This revolutionary new model fits perfectly between the normally aspirated S80 3.2 and the flagship S80 V8 AWD.
Based on the S80's compact 3.2-liter 235-horsepower inline-6 cylinder engine, the T6 version has a displacement of 3.0 liters, producing 281 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. Maximum torque is on tap from just 1,500 rpm and remains available all the way up the rev range, resulting in remarkably quick acceleration and smooth drivability.
The somewhat smaller cylinder displacement of the T6, owing to slightly narrower cylinder bore and shorter stroke, is compensated by a single turbocharger wîth twin-scroll technology. This takes in exhaust gases in two stages wîth inflow divided into lots of three cylinders each. Thus, the T6 permits the use of a more compact and simplified turbo that provides extremely swift response wîth the lowest possible fuel consumption and exhaust emissions.
Like the S80 V8, the T6 is fitted wîth Volvo's All Wheel Drive wîth Instant Traction. Úsing an electronically controlled hydraulic clutch, the system distributes drive between the front and rear wheels to ensure the best possible road grip in all situations. All S80s feature a standard six-speed 'Geartronic' transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com)
In nearly every area of occupant protection the S80 expands Volvo's leadership in both preventative and protective safety. Innovations include a side airbag wîth dual chamber construction for enhanced hip and chest protection. Clever structural design employs four different grades of steel for predictable crash energy absorption. The S80 also features the next generation of WHIPS rear impact protection and new approaches to pedestrian safety.
Adaptive cruise control, optional on all S80s, uses a radar sensor to measure the distance to vehicles ahead and automatically adjust vehicle speed. Collision warning wîth brake support works in concert wîth the system, alerting the driver and applying the brakes if needed. The Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) is another high-tech option. Cameras near the outside mirrors detect vehicles that might be in a blind spot and relay the information to the driver.
On the inside, the S80's cabin is fitted wîth a super-slim center console, premium leather seating surfaces and real wood inlays. A power driver's seat wîth memory, power font passenger seat and power sunroof is among the list of standard amenities. Also included is a high performance sound system wîth 6-disc CD changer, auxiliary input, MP3 capability, a 160-watt amplifier and eight speakers.
All models can be enhanced wîth the optional Dynaudio Package that adds a 650-watt amplifier, Dolby Pro-Logic II Surround Sound and 12 Dynaudio® speakers. Rear seat headphone jacks and audio controls are new this year. SiriusTM Satellite Radio is also included. Other options include the Volvo Navigation System wîth HDD, DVD map data and remote control and a dual screen rear seat entertainment system.Source - Volvo
A mid-size / executive vehicle, the Volvo V70 was released in 1997 and was a four-door station wagon that was very closely related to the S70, S60 and S80, which were all sedans. The best selling vehicle in Sweden for numerous years, over 80% of V70's were sold in Europe, and one third in Sweden. Volvo had a new strategy of naming vehicles depending on size and body style, the V was appended for Versatility, S for saloon, and C for the new Coupe. These were basically the same car as the 850, with 1,800 improved and new parts in the design, along with upgraded safety, new engine, and better handling.
Produced in 1997 by Swedish car manufacturer Volvo, which is Latin for 'I roll', the Volvo V70 is a mid-size vehicle that was originally a development of the 850 station wagon and sedan series. Closely related to the S70, S60 and S80, which are all sedans, the V70 four-door station wagon has been the best selling vehicle in Sweden for numerous years.
The XC70, the off-road version of the V70 lineup, came with a slight lift in ground clearance, and sturdy plastic body cladding in the sides, front and back of the vehicle. The V70R was the highest performance variation in the V70 lineup, and had a rear spoiler and a turbocharged 300 hp engine.
An all new V70 was released in 2000 that was based on the P2 platform, which had been first utilized for the entire Swedish-designed Volvo S80 sedan in ‘98. Sharing the same sheet metal ahead of the B-pillar with the Volvo S60, the V70 had different grilles and front bumpers, (though the interior and the dashboard remained basically identical.)
For the 2005 model year, only minor updates were made of the V70, which included small styling changes to the tail lamps, and the front fascia.
On February 2nd, 2007 the third generation of V70's was introduced. This was a more up-market car than the previous generations, though it remained the same size. The rear-seat legroom was increased two centimeters, and the load area volume in the revised tailgate design was increase by 55 liters. Sharing little with the other Volvo models externally, the new V70 had a 3.21 straight-six, a 3.01 turbo straight-six, a light-pressure turbo 2.51 straight-five and two 2.41 straight-five diesel engines.By Jessica Donaldson
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