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Published on October 25th, 2013 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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Volvo’s XC70 Gets Refreshed

Volvo has always been known for its high quality estate cars, and as the XC70 has entered its third generation it still holds up as a prime example of this. In its latest incarnation for 2014, the XC70 has been upgraded both in terms of its exterior style and internal electronic gadgets. The following are a few aspects of this makeover that you can expect to see in the latest models.

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Exterior Changes

On the surface, changes to the XC70’s exterior are fairly minor, compared to similar models, however, the new model manages to look more elegant and expensive than its prior generations with details like new silver swoopy accents around the foglights and taillights. The grille has been given an update, giving the car a sportier profile with the use of chrome and a new honeycomb insert. The headlamps are larger, as is the tailgate opening. Inside, there’s more room for luggage in the cargo space thanks to new storage compartments located underneath the floor.

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Performance and Instrumentation

There will be a choice of engines available for the new XC70, including a naturally aspirated 3.2 litre straight-six engine and a turbocharged version that boasts a 304 hp output. Two diesel engines will also be available. The car is stable, secure, and easy to manoeuvre on the road, even when weighed down with a full load of passengers and cargo. Traction control and dynamic stability will come as standard features on all models of the revised XC70, using sensors to help adjust the car’s behaviour and improve safety and control. Instrumentation inside of the car will include a choice of different modes, including an “eco” mode which helps you drive more efficiently. New interior options will include a heated steering wheel and windshield.

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New Electronics Upgrades

Where the new XC70 really shines is in the technology department. Volvo puts an emphasis on passenger safety, and their new “Intellisafe” system is designed to reduce the chance of collisions. This system helps the car stop automatically if an impending collision is detected, as long as the car is driving at speeds up to 31 mph in the city. The system can also detect pedestrians and monitor road signs to display the current speed limit. In addition to safety features, there is also a new touchscreen system which can be monitored using infrared beams, so that drivers can keep gloves on. The car is able to connect to the internet to stream music, find parking spots, receive updated traffic information, and even turn the car itself into a Wi Fi hotspot.

With an improvement in infotainment, safety, and stability features, the new Volvo is able to rival many crossovers on the market. It has added cargo space and a more aggressive style that should help it appeal to a diverse range of drivers, from families to outdoorsmen.


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