• Feb 1st 2007 at 11:27AM
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We're not sure if Volvo officially unveiled its new V70, but AutoWeek.nl and Auto Motor und Sport are showing the new wagon on their websites, and with a little translation help from Motor Authority we can bring you the details. Looking for all the world like, well... an S80 station wagon, the new V70 sports a new skin keeping in step with the brand's design language that only makes a passing gesture to the slab sided boxes of yesteryear. The rear of the V70 sports Volvo's trademark vertical taillamps that extend upward from a wide base, and the rear glass shape hints ever so slightly at the unique shape of the C30's hatch, itself an homage to the original P1800. Interior space have apparently grown in every which way thanks to a body that's larger in every metric.

[Source: AutoWeek.nl, Motor Authority]

Power for the V70 will come from at least four engines: a 2.4L diesel four-cylinder producing 143 hp and 250 ft-lbs. of torque, a five-cylinder diesel producing 185 hp and 295 ft-lbs. of torque, a 2.5L turbo gas engine making 285 hp and 221 ft-lbs. of torque and a range-topping 3.2L inline-6 that generates 285 hp and 295 ft-lbs. of torque. A high-performance V8 model is also expected to be announced in the near future. Safety equipment meets or exceeds the standard set by Volvo with Dynamic Traction and Stability Control, active damping control, optional AWD and what we're sure will be an impressive number of airbags.

It's hard for anyone to argue that the wagon is dead when automakers like Volvo put the time and money into making one this good looking and capable. Of course, these details apply to the European model, which will officially be introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March. We'll be on hand to welcome the new V70 into the world and bring you more details and live shots from the show floor.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      It looks like Volvo has gone back to its traditional boxy styling for the wagon and blended in the fender treatment from modern Volvos. Those taillights look horrendous, as if the vertical narrow part was added on to taillights shared with a sedan.

      As for other Volvo designs, I think the new S80 looks sharp and the V50 looks great. I do like the Saab 9-3 SportCombi design better than this new V70 though.

      • 8 Years Ago
      3.2L inline-6 that generates 285 hp and 295 ft-lbs. That can't be true. The same engine used in the S80 has only 235 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This new wagon sure looks good to me, though I agree with #11 about the overly-aggressive taillights.

      Is it really necessary to write "VOLVO" so large on the back, too?

      For some reason, the new S80 looks a bit disproportionate and uninspired to me, and I'm just not sure about the C30, but at least they got the tried-and-true wagon right.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I really like the design of the car, taillights included.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Turbo 3.0 inline 6 281hp, 295ft-lbs, sound very BMW like.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I am not sure that the spaced out V---O---L---V---O will make it into full product launch production just because of the spy pics on the new XC70 the VOLVO isn't spaced out like that. It is just like the current S40, S60, S80...normally spaced. So I am not sure that is going to become a reality for when we all purchase one :)...however, i feel as if either way this car is going to be a great hit and VOLVO really needs this...but i will wait for the new S60 before I trade in the S60 I have now.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This could make me get over the loss of my 2002 Saab 9-5 Aero. I LOVE IT!!!

      When may I put my order in?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wonder if we will get the diesel engines in the V70 in the U.S. ? or the C30?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks sharp, very European. Sure, the design isn't too bold or polarizing, but Volvo doesn't want to polarize its customer base, which typically isn't looking for sporty as much as safety. I'm looking forward to seeing the S60 (I assume they'll be revamping that, it's getting OLD) and the R's.
      • 8 Years Ago
      At first look it is very similar to the Subaru legacy/outback wagons.

      • 8 Years Ago
      According to Volvo North America there will be a new engine for the US a 3.2 liter V-6 with 235 hp. It makes no mention of the other powerplants.
      Ben Beauvais
      • 8 Years Ago
      If this is S80 based, wouldn't it be V90, like the S40/V50?
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