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.