2011 VOLVO XC70

A new front-wheel-drive model joins Volvo’s segment-defining XC70 crossover lineup for 2011. The new 2011 XC70 3.2 FWD effectively replaces the Volvo V70 that concluded its lengthy run at the end of the 2010 model year.
The difference between the XC70 3.2 FWD and its AWD counterpart (available as a single $2,000 option on the 3.2) is the way that power is transferred to the ground. The former sends all torque exclusively to the front wheels. The latter is fitted with Volvo’s signature All-Wheel Drive with Instant Traction for the best possible grip in all situations.
Both models employ a refined 3.2-liter naturally aspirated 6-cylinder engine that now delivers 240 horsepower. All XC70s are fitted with a six-speed “Geartronic” automatic transmission that enables the driver to shift manually when desired.
The flagship XC70 T6 AWD receives a substantial increase in power and torque for 2011. The 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine now delivers 300 horsepower and 325 lb.-ft. of torque, for net gains of 19 hp and 30 lb.-ft. respectively.
Cargo carrying flexibility is the XC70’s forte. The luggage compartment floor is equipped with aluminum rails and movable storage points to secure the load. Side panels also have built-in load anchorage eyelets to keep luggage securely in place. They can be supplemented with multifunctional rails for a variety of hooks, load-anchoring nets, cargo space dividers and other load related accessories.
Base model estimated mpg: 18/25
Estimated starting price: $32,000
Compiled by Motor Matters

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