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This is Volvo’s new XC70, the latest edition of it’s popular off-roading capable 4WD version of it’s V70 wagon. This time following Volvo’s new design language, the XC70 takes on a much more sculpted and aggressive appearance. It also has a tailgate that reminds me of a certain generation of the Subaru Forester, though elements of the Volvo C30 are also very much there. The enlarged front grille and the upwards sloping headlamps look fine, but I find the bumper is looking abit too concept-car-ish, the design is too busy.

For the moment, the new Volvo XC70 will come with two engine options, a 238hp 3.2 litre inline-6 as well as a 5-cylinder turbodiesel that’s good for 185 horsepower and a whole load of torque, 400 Newton Meters! Power is transmitted via a 6-speed Geartronic transmission to all four wheels. Other features include Hill Descent Control (ah, a testimoniy of real off-road prowess), Dynamic Stability and Traction Control, and an adjustable suspension that Volvo calls Four-C which can be set to comfort, or sport mode to tailor the XC70’s ride to driving style and conditions.

More photos after the jump.

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