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2008 Volvo V70 and XC70 Preview

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Mathieu St-Pierre
After nearly 7 years on the market, the midsized Volvo V70 and XC70 are finally getting a welcomed once-over. The wagons' new skin is directly in line with the Volvo's evolving design language seen on the C30 and S80.

2008 Volvo XC70

The rear end of the V70 carries Volvo's trademark vertical taillamps that line the back sides of the wagon's 'D' pillar. The overall shape is more aggressive than the previous and makes the car even more desirable. Up front, the fascia features new headlights, a more prominent grille and a deep front spoiler.

The new larger interior gets better quality materials and Volvo's now trademark slim-line center console. Other interior includes dual height-adjustable child booster seats integrated into the rear bench, adaptive cruise control and the blind spot information system (BLIS). Safety remains empirical for Volvo. To give you an idea, here is a list of safety features that will be available in the Volvo wagons: SIPS (Side Impact Protection System); WHIPS (Whiplash Protection System); Extended IC (Inflatable Curtain); HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist); OBA (Optimized Hydraulic Brakes); RAB (Ready Alert Brakes); and FBS (Fading Brake Support).

2008 Volvo V70

For the first time, the midsize Volvo gets a 6-cylinder engine. In time, there will be two 6-cylinder engines offered. Both cars will initially get the family's normally aspirated 3.2L I-6 that is good for 235 hp. By 2009, the V70 will have an optional turbocharged 3.0L I-6 that will put out 282 hp. In Europe only, the base model will carry over the 208-hp 2.5L turbo 5-pot.

The new XC70 will be on sale this fall, followed by the V70 next February.
Mathieu St-Pierre
Mathieu St-Pierre
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