Volvo also offers a version powered by its second generation 2.4L turbo-diesel five-cylinder with 185hp and 400Nm on tap. The inline six engine features an aluminium block and head, and is available only with a six-speed Geartronic auto transmission with manual shift mode. The D5 turbo diesel packs an electronically controlled turbocharger and is available either with a conventional six-speed manual or the Geartronic auto. The 0 – 60mph time for the gasoline powerplant is achieved in 8.8 seconds with a top speed of 134mph, while the diesel takes just 8.1 seconds and manages the same top speed.
The XC70 rides on an all-new chassis that incorporates high-strength steel in its construction. The result is a 15% increase in rigidity over the predecessor. The all new XC70 is also fitted with Volvo’s DSTC (dynamic stability and traction control) system, which enhances cornering stability and reduces the risk of a skid by utilising feedback from numerous dynamic sensors to reduce engine torque and apply carefully calculated braking. Volvo also offers its Four-C active chassis technology with electronic damper control for improved dynamic ability.
Pricing will be revealed closer to the sales launch in September, and Volvo expects to shift up to 40,000 units per year worldwide.
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