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by Tim Beissmann

The 2013 Volvo XC70 range has been bolstered by the addition of a high-performance petrol engine and a number of new and enhanced technology and safety systems.

The 224kW/440Nm 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder T6 petrol engine sits at the top of the updated Volvo XC70 line-up, joining the 179kW/320Nm 3.2-litre naturally aspirated six-cylinder petrol and the 158kW/440Nm 2.4-litre five-cylinder D5 diesel.

The XC70 T6 – an engine also found in the Volvo S60, V60 and XC60 – uses 10.5 litres of fuel per 100km on the combined cycle, making it one tenth more fuel efficient than the larger and less powerful 3.2-litre engine.

New to the 2013 XC70 range is Volvo’s new-generation City Safety collision avoidance system, which now works at speeds up to 50km/h.

Other enhancements include an updated camera for the collision warning, auto brake and pedestrian detection system, an illuminated gearshift lever, revised rear badging and a grocery bag holder.

Included in the optional Driver Alert System is a new Road Sign Information system, which utilises a camera to detect and display speed limits and other selected road sign information in the instrument panel. The package also includes active high beam headlights and adaptive cruise control.

Automatic headlights and tunnel detection are combined with the optional Rain Sensor option.

Like the other two engine variants, the Volvo XC70 T6 is available in both standard and Teknik specifications, priced at $64,990 and $69,990 before on-road costs respectively.

There is no change to the prices of the other XC70 variants.

Volvo Australia has sold 197 XC70s across the country in 2012, roughly matching its sales performance in the first 10 months of 2011, when it sold 206 cars.

 

2013 Volvo XC70 manufacturer’s list prices:

  • XC70 3.2 – $62,990
  • XC70 3.2 Teknik – $67,990
  • XC70 D5 – $63,990
  • XC70 D5 Teknik – $68,990
  • XC70 T6 – $64,990
  • XC70 T6 Teknik – $69,990



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