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2012 Volvo XC70 Review

The new Volvo XC70 is definitely dressed for a night of luxury in the city, but the hunger for an exciting adventure is as big as ever.

"Dark plastic panel at the bottom are less obvious than the current model. But as with exclusive outdoor clothing, protection is placed exactly where it should be to support the difficult things," says Design Director Volvo Cars, Steve Mattin.

Large black plastic panels in the current XC70 model have been replaced by most painted surfaces. This in combination with refined lines and contours and a more dynamic rear section give the new XC70 a more elegant, more luxurious appearance.

But do not be fooled into thinking the XC70 is ready to resign his position as the sportiest, most capable XC model. Quite the contrary.

"Imagine you're driving comfortably lead the way. When you look out the window, across the desolate landscape, they are surprised by the passing cloud around rough desert trail of dust behind car. It 'was a vision, and the car was we had in mind when we started designing the new XC70, "says Stefan Jansson, responsible for the appearance.



Greater surface area painted on the front

On the front of the nose characteristic of the dark current XC70 has been abandoned and replaced by a new unique soft nose. The headlights and grille has grown and now has the same trapezoidal shape that was first seen on the XC60 Concept in Detroit in early 2007.

In order to maintain the attitude of tough plastic panels at the corners are highlighted in all the bumpers, air vents, which are clearly pronounced.

"They look like" boxing gloves ", while the shape of the air intake is based on the profile in front of a jet engine. These lines are echoed around the red reflectors on the rear, which So, draw the shape of the extractors in a jet engine, "says Stefan Jansson.



Silver protective front skid plate has been extended and integrated into the spoiler-like shape.

Tall and spacious with rippling muscles

On the side of contrast, the protective elements are complemented by a chrome strip at the bottom of the door to highlight the desired position from a height, a roomy car with elegant lines and rippling muscles. The roof-rail is integrated into the molding of the pillar.

"The shoulders framed side windows, and various clean lines to create a harmony between the rounded front, and rear sports a spacious estate car. The rear has also raised an important element in creating it feels good balanced, "says Stefan Jansson.

Pronounced wheel housings are another important feature of the XC70 model, a statement of confidence that this is a very capable vehicle. The new XC70 can be equipped with more and different wheels sport 18-inch six-spoke alloy wheels.

Intelligent overlapping tailgate

Rear brand new XC70 gives an impression of more dynamic and sculptural forms of language have been important hexagonal glass tailgate of the new Volvo C30. The rear window extends below the side windows give better visibility to the rear of the driver.

"The shape of the outside is now more dynamic without compromising the functionality of the vehicle. With the help of the intelligent overlapping tailgate, which takes the place of the rear lights with her when she opens the interior space of the car is bigger than before and easy to load, "explains Steve Mattin.

At the rear, the Volvo name on the tailgate features more pronounced with letters greater spacing than before. A new feature shown on the XC60 Concept in Detroit this year.

Luxurious and adventurous

The new XC70 model represents Scandinavian design at its best - that is, every detail has been designed with one hundred percent focus on clean lines and intelligent functionality.

Comfortable front seats and includes instruments impressive ergonomic design - including, of course, an elegant ultra slim center console and a sound system of absolute world class.



"You could say that the XC70 has two personalities. During the week, is a sophisticated and elegant vehicle for the active life of the city. Come the weekend, and turns into a strong partner for all kinds of exciting adventures," says Jonathan Disley, who designed the interiors of the new XC70.

Interior Design Inspiration Espresso Brown, and the Royal

In addition to Sandstone Beige and Anthracite Black Espresso Brown is an option, with warm brown seats, door panels and instrument panel in front of the other fittings, sand-colored details.

XC70 special feeling inside the car is inspired by a well-known pattern of the history of Swedish design - "Virrvarr" (Chaos, or confusion), Prince of Sweden, and later an internationally renowned designer Sigvard Bernadotte.



"" Caught in a "theme" Virrvarr "served as inspiration for several features:. Leather, stitching, cross-brushed aluminum panels and mesh pockets on the back The idea is that the lines also pass through the entire interior to make the car even more exciting, "says Boel Hermansson, head of design material color and all-new XC70.


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