The 2012 Volvo XC70 update has been launched in Australia, bringing with it more standard equipment and safety features, upgrades to the twin-turbo diesel engine, and mild price rises across the range.
The off-road-ready all-wheel drive wagon is now available in four variants: the 3.2 and 3.2 Teknik, and the D5 and D5 Teknik.
All models now come standard with Volvo’s next-generation City Safety system, which is designed to reduce the seriousness of low-speed crashes or avoid them altogether thanks to advanced road scanning and automatic braking technology.
Driver Control Interface is also included, while Adaptive Cruise Control with Full Auto Brake, Pedestrian Detection and Queue Assist are now available as options.
Also new to the XC70’s standard features list is a power-operated tailgate, High-Performance audio system with seven-inch touchscreen, reversing camera, LED mood lighting in the footwells and mirror-mounted LED indicators.
Teknik models score the Volvo Navigation System, Blind Sport Information System, Active Bending Lights and electric front passenger seat.
The 179kW/320Nm 3.2-litre six-cylinder engine carries over unchanged, accelerating from 0-100km/h in 9.0 seconds and using 10.6 litres/100km of fuel on the combined cycle.
The D5 twin-turbo diesel engine has been upgraded and now produces 158kW of power and 440Nm of torque (up 7kW/20Nm). The 0-100km sprint is achieved one-tenth faster than the petrol, while fuel consumption improves markedly over the petrol to 7.5 litres/100km.
Volvo Car Australia sold just 175 XC70s in the first eight months of 2011, down 39 per cent compared with the same period in 2010. Australian customers have overlooked the XC70 in favour of the traditional SUV models, the XC60 (1143 sales) and XC90 (854), which have both enjoyed increased sales so far this year.
2012 Volvo XC70 manufacturer’s list prices (excluding government and dealer charges):