• Jan 11, 2007
Volvo's adding some truckish cues to the XC70's exterior in celebration of its move to the EUCD platform. The shiny accents around the fog lamps, along the rockers, and in the rear fascia recall some ambulance conversions we've seen. The Tupperware theme of the current XC is carried over to the new wagon: we wish they'd stop. It looks okay when the car's new, but once a couple of years have passed the plastic looks chalky and takes on a mackerel pattern. The V70 wagon is handsome, the XC has always looked like its buck-toothed cousin; this trend continues. For 2008, Volvo's added a retainer-esque piece of shinyness to the chin spoiler, and the grille has grown significantly.
[Source: Teknikensvarld, in Swedish]

We'll have to wait until we see one in the flesh, most likely at the Geneva show, but it looks like the body to glass ratio has been tipped even further in the wrong direction. The rear quarter windows look extra-squeezed and the tops of the doors have risen. We're not fond of the "safety cocoon" convention that's chewing up our beloved visibility. Perhaps six-footers will be able to peer out comfortably, or maybe the power seats go up really high. All carping aside, the new design looks distinctly Volvo, and the XC70's styling additions make the car look tough and purposeful. Under all the butchification there's a nice looking Volvo wagon with a more rakish profile. We expect to see Volvo's low and high pressure turbo fives under the hood, and we're hoping that the new 3.2 liter six makes an appearance. The six is a very compact package and occupies roughly the same space underhood as the fives. The Haldex-sourced all wheel drive will return, we're sure. We're also sure that the towel-bar will be reprising its role in the interior. Oh, that's a grab handle? All this time, we'd been putting a nice little set of show towels out on it. Alabaster, with embroidered herrings in contrasting shades of blue and yellow.


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Nice... keep up the good work Volvo!

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Not drum brakes.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I guess some of the designs of Volvo aren’t that unique. The exterior looks simple but behind it are the great features. There parts are working well for me, most especially the Volvo brake pads(http://www.swedishpartsshop.com/volvobrakepads.html). I can rarely find a good quality of pads these days. Only theirs gave me the satisfaction.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Volvo was doing good with their cars a few years ago by going more Luxury but now they are going into the rugged market.
      • 8 Years Ago
      THE WAGON LOOKS LIKE A NICE ATTEMPT TO MAKE THE VEHICLE LOOK MORE CURRENT, DRESS IT UP A BIT.
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      FELLOW AUTOBLOG READERS: I WOULD PREFER TO SEE THE ARTICLES POSTED BE MORE FACTUAL AND LESS SNIPING AND PETTY THAN THIS ONE, WHICH I THINK IS A NEW LOW, SO NEGATIVE IT IS HARD TO READ.
      OPINION IS FINE, BUT WHEN THERE IS MORE OF IT THAN FACTS, THIS IS NOT REPORTING.
      DO YOU AGREE?
      SHOULD WE ASK THEM TO SAVE THE SNIPING AND PETTINESS FOR THE COMMENTS, LOL, AND MAKE THE ARTICLES MORE OBJECTIVE?
      • 8 Years Ago
      The tailights look a lot like the ones on a Fiat Palio Weekend that we have here in Brazil. Nice looking car, but, what is that white cover on the rear wheels, does that mean it has drum brakes (I can't believe it).
      • 8 Years Ago
      I guess some of the designs of Volvo aren’t that unique. The exterior looks simple but behind it are the great features. There parts are working well for me, most especially the Volvo brake pads. I can rarely find a good quality of pads these days. Only theirs gave me the satisfaction.
      • 8 Years Ago
      PS -- sorry for all caps. I do my work that way, and meant to turn them off for comments.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Notice the front and rear fog lights? Both mimic the shape of those on the XC60 concept.
      • 8 Years Ago
      As a result of the high cost of the simplest of parts and Volvo's unwillingness to address my issues with our 2001 XC70, our upcoming Euro delivery will probably take place in Munich. Volvo has lost sight of their responsibility to the consumer. Lately, it seems everything Detroit touches turns to manure...and its obvious to me that Detroit's short sightedness is now inherent to Volvo U.S.