For 2006, the Volvo XC70 gets a new all-wheel-drive system with Volvo's Instant Traction technology, a system that can deliver up to 50 percent more torque to the rear wheels when required for added performance. Other news includes paint changes from Ash Gold to new Lunar Gold and from Crystal Green to new Willow Green. A wood-trimmed steering wheel, rear park assist, and 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats are available as part of an option package and not as stand-alone options.
The V70 is Volvo's basic wagon, with the XC70 offering enhanced off-road capabilities. The XC70 features beefy bumpers, a Stone Gray or Brown overfender, and lower cladding to give it a more SUV-like appearance. Although the rugged exterior design is appealing, the capability and safety features are really what buyers have come to expect. For those who want originality, opt for the Ocean Race edition, which features unique upholstery and the exclusive Ocean Race Blue metallic exterior paint.
The XC70 is powered by a 2.5L, turbocharged 5-cylinder engine that produces 208 hp and 236 lb.-ft. of torque through a five-speed automatic transmission. Volvo's Instant Traction system is a new and improved version of the previous Haldex all-wheel-drive system. It adds a one-way, pre-charging valve to ensure that a torque load of 59 lb.-ft. is instantly available.
Optional on the XC70 is Volvo's FOUR-C (Continuously Controlled Chassis Concept) system, which uses a variety of sensors to monitor the car's attitude and adjust the shock absorbers to deliver the best handling and ride comfort in all driving situations. As vehicle speed increases, suspension damping is increased, providing better control at higher speeds. The system also helps to reduce dive (forward weight transfer under braking) and squat (rearward weight transfer under acceleration), as well as body roll, during spirited driving maneuvers. Drivers can adjust between Sport and Comfort mode, depending on the situation.
There are more than a dozen models in the Midsize Premium Crossover Utility Vehicle segment, representing an even mix of Domestic, Asian, and European brands. Vehicles in this class offer a blend of luxury and performance, with surprising off-road capability.
The segment sales leader is the Lexus RX Series, with 108,775 units sold in calendar year 2005 according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report.SM Other sales leaders include the Acura MDX (57,948), BMW X5 (37,598), and Volvo XC90 (35,976). The XC70 sold 13,998 units in 2005. New models arriving during 2006 include the Audi Q7, Lincoln MKX, and Mercedes-Benz R-Class.
|2.5T||5 speed automatic||$36,135||208-hp / 2.5L 5-cyl||19/26|
|Volvo Ocean Race Edition (Retail Orders Only)||5 speed automatic||$40,735||208-hp / 2.5L 5-cyl||19/26|