2011 Volvo XC70

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A lower price (the base MSRP is about $5,000 less than that of the previous model) is the big news about the 2011 Volvo XC70, which is a luxury all-wheel-drive (AWD) crossover wagon built to handle rugged off-road conditions, according to the automaker. A front-wheel-drive (FWD) version is new for 2011, and both engines gain power and fuel efficiency.

Standard features on the 2011 Volvo XC70 3.2 include 16-inch alloy wheels, premium synthetic upholstery, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, fog lights, power accessories (including an 8-way power driver's seat), Bluetooth connectivity, and an 8-speaker sound system. An optional Premium package includes a sunroof, leather upholstery, power passenger seat, and wood trim. Seventeen-inch wheels are also optional. The XC70 T6 AWD model adds most of the Premium features as standard (the sunroof remains optional), plus 18-inch wheels. The Climate option package addresses cold-weather issues; the Convenience package adds a power liftgate and front and rear park assist, plus storage features; the Technology package includes adaptive cruise control and extra safety features. A Multimedia package includes a navigation system, upgraded sound system, and rearview camera. Many options are available as stand-alones.

The 2011 Volvo XC70 3.2 power plant is a 240-horsepower, 3.2-liter, inline 6-cylinder engine that works with FWD or AWD. The XC70 T6 AWD features a turbocharged, 300-horsepower, 3.0-liter, inline 6-cylinder engine that produces 325 lb.-ft. of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control is standard on all 2011 model year XC70s, and all versions deliver 17 or 18 mpg in the city and between 22 and 25 mpg on the highway, according to EPA estimates.

Standard safety features on the 2011 Volvo XC70 include anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, traction control, front side air bags, side curtain air bags, and active front head restraints. Optional safety features include a blind-spot information system and, as part of the Technology package, driver-fatigue and lane-departure warning systems, plus a pre-impact fast-braking system.

Starting MSRP for the 2011 Volvo XC70 is $32,150.


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  • Front reclining bucket seats w/adjustable head restraints
  • Pwr driver seat w/adjustable lumbar, 3-position memory
  • 40/20/40 flat-folding rear bench -inc: (3) manual-fold rear head restraints
  • T-Tec seating surfaces w/"XC" stitching
  • Flat-folding front passenger seat
  • Front center armrest
  • "XC" front/rear/cargo textile floor mats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel w/illuminated cruise & audio controls -inc: aluminum inlay
  • Tilt/telescopic steering column
  • Intelligent driver info system (IDIS)
  • Trip computer
  • Outside temp gauge
  • Pwr windows -inc: front auto-up/down, anti-trap feature
  • Central pwr door locks, tailgate, & fuel filler
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Cruise control
  • Security alarm system
  • Ignition immobilizer
  • Dual-zone electronic climate control (ECC) w/rear seat vents
  • Pollen filter
  • Rear window defroster w/timer
  • Illuminated lockable glove box
  • Dark fineline inlays
  • "XC" door stitching
  • Front door storage pockets
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors
  • Front/rear reading lamps
  • Interior cabin light delay feature
  • Leather shift knob -inc: aluminum inlay
  • Lockable underfloor storage in cargo area
  • Pwr passenger seat
  • Leather seating surfaces w/"XC" stitching
  • Modern walnut wood inlays
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel w/illuminated cruise & audio controls -inc: wood inlay
  • Watch-dial instrumentation w/tachometer
  • Leather shift knob -inc: wood inlay
  • 16" "Cecino" alloy wheels
  • P215/65R16 all-season tires
  • Aluminum roof rails w/"XC" logo
  • Body-side protective lower cladding
  • Front fog lights
  • Rear fog light w/auto-off
  • Safe Approach & Home Safe security lighting
  • Pwr heated mirrors w/memory, puddle lights, integrated turn signals
  • Tinted windows
  • Variable intermittent wipers
  • Rear wiper/washer -inc: automatic function in reverse when front wipers on
  • Pwr glass moonroof w/sliding sunshade, auto-open
  • 3.2L DOHC 24-valve I6 engine
  • 6-speed Geartronic automatic transmission w/OD
  • Front wheel drive
  • Front/rear skid plates
  • MacPherson strut front suspension
  • Multi-link independent rear suspension
  • Front/rear stabilizer bars
  • Pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr 4-wheel disc brakes
  • Pwr parking brake w/auto release
  • Electronically-controlled all wheel drive w/Instant Traction
  • 3.0L DOHC 24-valve turbocharged I6 engine w/intercooler
  • Dual tailpipes
    • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) -inc: electronic brake distribution (EBD), hydraulic brake assist (HBA), ready alert brakes (RAB), fading brake support (FBS)
    • Dynamic stability & traction control (DSTC)
    • Daytime running lights
    • Driver/front passenger dual stage airbags -inc: front passenger cutoff switch
    • Side impact protection system (SIPS) -inc: driver/front passenger side-impact airbags, front/rear side inflatable curtains (IC)
    • 3-point seat belts -inc: pretensioners, front height adjustable anchors
    • Child safety rear door locks
    • Rear window deactivation
    • ISOFIX child seat attachments -inc: top tether anchors
    • Tire pressure monitoring system
    • Driver/front passenger whiplash protection seating system (WHIPS)
    • Collapsible steering column
    • Anti-submarine seats
    • Hill descent control (HDC)
    • Dual outboard 2-stage child booster seats -inc: pwr child locks
    • AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3/WMA player -inc: HD Radio, 160-watt amp, (8) speakers, USB input, iPod connection
    • SIRIUS satellite radio w/6-month subscription
    • Bluetooth

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