Volvo’s XC70 is a take to create aggressive competition amidst luxury crossovers like Volkswagen Passat, Toyota Venza and Subaru Outback. Given the heavy changes in 2016 year model, Volvo has carved a niche in this segment and 2017 Volvo XC70 is coming up to embrace on it.
Like the previous-gen model, 2017 XC70 is suspected to come in 6 different trims including – T5, T5 Drive-E, T5 Drive-E Premier, T5 Drive-E Platinum, T5 Premier and T5 Platinum.
Performance wise, Volvo XC70 2017 is likely to retain the T5 powertrain – 2.5-liter inline 5. This mill is to undergo revisions and its improved output figures might stay close to 260 HP and 275 lb-ft of torque. As always, it is certain that a 6-speed automatic transmission will come standard. What’s interesting is that an 8-speed Geartronic automatic transmission might come as optional.
There’s even a possibility of a hybrid powertrain comprising a 2.0-liter gasoline engine backed by a 60 kW electric motor. The improved engine outputs might even make this new Volvo XC70 to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph under 7 seconds or less; all but to reach a top speed of 130 mph.
The ongoing model looks more of a station wagon than a typical compact crossover. Speculations have it that Volvo will try and keep changes minimal in exterior body to keep pricing in check. But that being said, subtle refinements are definitely on the cards.
The new generation change will bring modern market-oriented design cues. Modest change in Volvo XC70 2017 will make way into the front fascia which would mainly include redesigned grille and headlights. The lower fascia, including the fog light housing is suspected of wearing stylistic chrome treatments. Experts even suggest that Volvo might even borrow XC90’s platform for this 4th generation XC70.
This new XC70 is also sporting revised plastic cladding over the entire body edges for that extra-added sportiness. Rendered images of 2017 XC70 holds that the roof rail is growing in size so are the side body haunches. New lightweight wheels will help in shedding overall weight. Improved aerodynamics is to be a high concern as the windshield might get steeply raked.
2017 Volvo XC70 Interior
Moderate change is to make its way inside the cabin of 2017 Volvo XC70 as well. The driver’s cockpit will be separated by an oblong central cabin which house gear shift paddle and cup holders with wooden embellishments. The dash and door panels will also get stylistic touch-ups with wood and metallic trims. Meanwhile, the steering wheel and upper dash column are getting soft-touch materials.
New generation refreshment will be prominent on the driver’s gauge cluster too as the bi-spoke meters are getting LED lit. Other changes in the cabin would include revised controls on the door panels and steering wheels.
Safety and Price
As far as safety is concerned, Volvo will present an array of standard safety technologies like – safety belt pre-tensioners, impact absorbing cabin. Also, multi-stage airbags, 360˚ camera, blind spot detection, lane departure warning and stability control.
The 2017 Volvo XC70 price might range from $39,000 to $48,000 and dealerships might have it by the end of this year.