Gothenburg-based Volvo is known for making some of the most popular domestic and commercial vehicles worldwide. The Swedish carmaker has tasted success with its XC crossover series of cars. The cars have become and remained popular with users owing to their nice blend of style and safety, along with awesome ride experience. The crossover variant of Volvo V70 is the XC 70. It was unveiled way back in 1998 and since then has been a favorite with customers. For 2017, Volvo has decided to give the XC 70 Crossover a revamp. This is also relevant since the 2016 model was largely left untouched. The enhancements include ample cargo capacity, better safety features, off-road capability and infotainment features.
2017 Volvo XC70 – Innovations in the Dashboard, Storage, and Safety Features
In all probability, the 2017 Volvo XC70 will be based on the much-touted Volvo Scalable Product Architecture. This means the car will have basically a station wagon body style and this will let it tackle rough terrains with aplomb. It will now have higher ground clearance. The front headlamps will be enhanced in the 2017 version. There will be daytime running LED lights. Even the front grille receives some changes to make the vehicle appear sleeker. The interior of 2017 Volvo XC70 oozes premiums and sophistication at every square inch. The dashboard also looks sleek and classy with two speedometers and a 7 inches TFT screen. You will also get plush leather upholstery, satellite radio and enhanced climate control system in the cabin. For the geeks, there will be Smartphone supporting apps, GPS, Bluetooth, and USB. In cargo space, the Volvo 2017 XC70 beats most category contenders hands down with a default boot capacity close to 500 liters, this goes by more than double when you fold up the rear seats! The diverse seating arrangements possible with the Crossover make it ideal for small to midsized families. The seats of 2017 Volvo XC70 are comfortable enough with great lumber support. When it comes to amenities and safety features, Volvo has hit the bull’s eye most of the times. The 2017 Volvo XC70 also lives up to expectations in these departments. The five-passenger crossover wagon comes in four trims: T5 Drive-E, T5 all-wheel-drive, T5 Platinum and T5 AWD Platinum. In the base T5 Drive-E as well as T5 all-wheel-drive you get features like 18” alloy wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel, eight-way power driver seat, driver memory settings, roof rails, sunroof and underbody skid plates. All models get Volvo’s Sensus Connect system and airbags. The City Safety feature and On Call system of Volvo add to the safety quotient in the XC70. In T5 Premiere package, you get an auto-dimming rearview mirror, rear privacy glass, enhanced navigation system and configurable instrument cluster. In the Platinum trim, there are Harman Kardon premium sound system, adaptive xenon headlights and accent lighting in the interior. Standard safety features on all models include forward collision mitigation. In Platinum trim, you get blind spot monitoring system. Opt for the Technology package which adds safety features like driver alertness monitor, upgraded collision mitigation system, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning system etc. There are stability control and hill descent control as well. It also packs in bi-xenon headlamps with Tunnel Detection as well as the Dynaudio system.
2017 Volvo XC70 – Powerful Engine and Performance
The 2017 Volvo XC70 will feature a variety of engines. There will be the T5 and T6 engines generating 254 and 316 hp. There will be a twin-turbo D5 diesel variant that will produce 228 hp. A hybrid version will also be there. This blends the power of a 60 kW electric motor and a 2.0-liter petrol engine and makes 400 hp. All these engines are equipped with an 8-speed Geartronic automatic transmission. AWD is an option. The stop-start system helps save fuel to an extent and all models score personably well on fuel economy front.
2017 Volvo XC70 – Release Date and How Much will Cost?
The starting MSRP of 2017 Volvo XC70 was $37,100 for the 2016 edition. The 2017 edition may sport a steeper price tag but the hike will not be drastic. It is likely to hit the roads sometimes in 2017. Overall, the 2017 Volvo XC70 comes with a lot of enhancements and features that will cater to needs of diverse types of buyers. It’s excellent off road handling is intact and now storage and interior space get a boost. The fuel economy offered by the engines is also excellent for its class. The entertainment options will make most users satisfied and safety options also leave little room for grudges. In cargo space, it is a winner too. If Volvo does not raise the price much, the 2017 XC70 can beat most category rivals easily. However, it will still face some steep competition from the likes of the 2017 Subaru Outback and 2017 Audi Allroad. They, however, score lower on the luxury quotient and interior space compared to the 2017 Volvo XC70.