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Volvo reveals a redesigned V70 estate - but it's not a guaranteed starter for Oz

6 Feb 2007

VOLVO has unveiled its new-generation V70 estate, which is claimed to be safer, more powerful, more dynamic to drive, and more luxurious and flexible inside.

The range-topping engine is a 210kW/400Nm "T6" 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbocharged petrol unit, which can send the V70 from 0-100km/h in a claimed 7.2 seconds.

A 175kW/320Nm 3.2-litre naturally-aspirated derivative of this engine will also be available in Europe, along with a 147kW/300Nm 2.5-litre inline-five turbo and two second-generation, Euro IV-compliant versions of Volvo’s 2.4-litre five-cylinder turbo-diesel – a 136kW/400Nm "D5", and a 120kW/340Nm "2.4D".

All engines are paired with a six-speed Geartronic automatic gearbox, with a six-speed manual available on some variants.

High-strength steel used throughout the chassis is said to have improved torsional rigidity 15 per cent compared to the previous model.

18 center imageOther new technical features include the introduction of electronic damping, speed-sensitive power steering (with three settings) and an automatic park brake.

Cabin innovations include a "world first" dual-stage integrated rear child booster seat. Cargo volume increases 55 litres and a revised tailgate design makes the boot aperture larger than before.

Rear legroom increases 48mm, rear knee clearance 21mm and front shoulder room 30mm, while the distance from front to rear passengers also extends 21mm.

Having said all that, there is no guarantee the V70 will make it to Australia.

A Volvo Car Australia spokesperson told GoAuto this week that the company was still questioning whether the vehicle would be worth introducing given the rise and rise of SUVs. If it does come, it will not be here before the final quarter.

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