The original V70 was a development of the Volvo 850 station wagon and sedan series. The new name reflected Volvo's new strategy of naming vehicles depending on size and body style. Thus, the 850 was deemed to be a relative size 70. The name is then appended with the type of vehicle. So the station wagon adopted V (for Versatility), S (for Saloon) and C (for the new Coupe); these cars are respectively known as V70, S70 and C70. There were 1,800 improved and new parts in the design from the original 850, including upgraded passive and active safety, better handling and new engines. Gone were the 850's square edges and replaced by rounded corners to suit the late 90s style trend. Other changes included a new 'family face' for the V/S/C70 models, colour coded bumpers, clear indicator lenses, and a new dashboard fascia and materials. However on the whole, one could say the car was similar to its predecessor, but nevertheless, a successful facelift.
Volvo's variant badging of their cars in this period is synonymous as being complex due to the vast array of models and equipment packages on offer; this policy was adopted because Volvos were seen to be a car that would suit a wide spectrum of the public, thus a vast choice of models and packages was available to suit the most specific customer. In its most basic form, the model line up consisted of Torslanda named after its assembly plant, Torslandaverken SE and CD.
Option packages included:
Sports - with alloy wheels, rear spoiler, and fog lamps.
Comfort - child seat, air conditioning or electric sunroof, and trip computer.
Luxury - leather upholstery with electric driver's seat, climate control and cruise control, and wood fascia trim.
Estate - roof rails, self-levelling rear suspension, and luggage net.
Winter - headlamp wash/wipe, heated front seats and traction control.
Design - red wood/leather steering wheel, red wood-effect trim, and leather upholstery.
S70 R (2.3 litre)
V70 R (2.3 litre)
V70 R AWD (2.3-2.4 litre)
V70 XC AWD
T5 and R models are high-performance models. The T5 was equipped with a sport-tuned high pressure turbocharged 2.3L engine with maximum boost pressure set at 10.5 PSI, and 'turbine' alloy wheels, whereas the GLT models had a low pressure turbocharged 2.4L engine with maximum boost pressure at 7-8 PSI. The R was fitted with a full factory fitted body kit (chin spoiler and rear spoiler, anthracite alloy wheels) a range of unique colours.
2.3 R 240 bhp (180 kW) in 1998
2.3 R 250 bhp (190 kW) in 1999
2.4 R 265 bhp (198 kW) in 2000
2.4 10v 140 bhp (100 kW)
2.4 20v 164 bhp (122 kW)
2.4 Turbo 190 bhp (140 kW)
2.5 10v 140 bhp
2.5 20v 170 bhp
2.5 AWD 193 bhp
2.5 T5 (Turbo 5-cylinder) 225 bhp
Assembly Torslanda, Sweden
Platform Volvo P2 platform
Engine(s) 2.0L Turbo I5, 2.4L I5, 2.4L CNG/LPG I5, 2.4L Turbo I5, 2.5L Turbo I5, 2.4L Diesel I5
Transmission(s) 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual, 5-speed automatic, 6-speed automatic
Wheelbase 108.5 in (2756 mm)
XC: 108.8 in (2764 mm)
Length 185.4 in (4709 mm)
XC: 186.3 in (4732 mm)
Width 71.0 in (1803 mm)
XC: 73.2 in (1859 mm)
Height 58.7 in (1491 mm)
XC: 61.5 in (1562 mm)
2003-07: 57.7 in (1466 mm)
R: 57.0 in (1448 mm)
Fuel capacity 70 L (18 US gal/15 imp gal)
In the end of 1999 (2001 for North America), Volvo released the all-new V70 based on the new P2 platform which itself was first used for the entirely Swedish-designed Volvo S80 sedan in 1997. This new car dispensed with the boxy shape of Volvos before it to take on a curvy profile much like the S40/S60 series, and added a new aggressive front end. Where the first generation V70 had a saloon variant (S70), the second generation lost the S70 as the new S80 was now seen to be the 'S70 for the new millennium'. The second generation of the V70 finished production for model year 2007.
The V70 shares the same sheet metal ahead of the B-pillar with the Volvo S60, although the grilles are different and the front bumpers are mildly different. The dashboard and the majority of the interior of both cars are the same.
2005-2007 Volvo V70 (US)As was the case with all P2 platform Volvos, a minor refresh of the V70 occurred across all markets for the 2005 model year, which brought minor styling changes to the front fascia, tail lamps, along with several improvements and changes to the interior fittings.
Volvo continues to market the V70 second generation in Europe and Scandinavia, under the name V70 Classic.
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