The Volvo XC70 was developed to be an all-weather replacement for the V70 midsize wagon. Though it wasn’t the first Cross Country model made by Volvo, it gave the XC concept justice by sporting a stronger profile than ever before. It was fitted with an all-wheel-drive system and got increased ground clearance as well as styling cues like those of an SUV. Through the years, the XC70 has just become more and more stylish and lavish, without compromising its SUV-like cargo space and Volvo’s long-outstanding safety reputation.
1998: The XC70 as a V70 trim level
The Volvo XC70 actually started in 1998 as the Cross Country trim level of the Volvo V70, but it has gradually came around on its own as a stand-alone Volvo model. When it was first introduced as a trim level, it was basically unlike other wagons in the market. It sported Volvo’s archetypal boxy style as well as advanced safety features.
Since the Cross Country trim has been V70’s best trim level, Volvo made it a separate model in 1999, retaining the Cross Country name and sold as a flamboyant station wagon. While some people saw its being flashy to be some kind of an oxymoron, this wagon still gained enough followers, which made Volvo decide to make even more changes and revisions on this vampy wagon, including its change of name from Cross Country to its abbreviated version—“X” for Cross, “C” for Country, and 70 from the original V70 the model came equipped with. The change in name seemed to be a good decision as it got stuck in people’s mind, making the XC70 a great success.
2003: The XC70 as an independent Volvo model
Though it was more of a wagon in crossover clothing, the 2003 Volvo XC70 was slotted in Volvo’s revised SUV line. Its front end was made rounder and received new bumper and grille, plus new lights both on the front and rear. On the cabin, the old 60/40 seating arrangement was replaced by 40/20/40 split-fold seats.
When it comes to safety, the XC70 was fitted with the BLIS, a system that senses objects that are in the blind angle using a small camera mounted close to the outer rearview mirrors. If there are objects within the blind spot, a warning light near the rear view mirror will light up to alert the driver.
2014: The XC70 as an extremely capable luxury wagon
The new XC70 was more capable and more luxurious than ever. It was aimed for adventurous drivers who don’t want to scrimp on luxury and sophistication. On the outside, the 2014 XC70 received new front and rear fascias along with new grille, tail lights, and skid plates. Under the hood, power is delivered by a powerful 3.2-liter six or the optional 3.0-liter turbo six. This powerful engine is matched with the wagon’s only transmission—a six-speed automatic. All-wheel-drive is available as an option. When it comes to safety, the new Volvo XC70 was fitted by Volvo’s City Safe system, Lane Departure Warning, Dynamic Stability and Traction Control, Driver Alert Control, Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist and a whole lot more.