The Volvo V70, XC70 and S80 are now being upgraded with a number of features, adding the latest Volvo Sensus infotainment system, enhanced technology that makes driving even safer and more comfortable, and refined drivelines that offer higher performance and lower fuel consumption.
We’ve already seen the Sensus system in the 2011 Volvo S60 and now it’s spreading across to the XC70 and S80 models. The screen is positioned high up to make it easy for the driver to keep his or hers eyes on the road.
Pressing once on the “My Car” button in the centre stack offers access to a range of settings, such as for City Safety, Collision Warning, Pedestrian Detection, Driver Alert System, Active Cruise Control, lighting, door mirrors, climate unit, central locking and audio system.
Integrated navigation with voice commands is available as an option as well as an entertainment system for rear-seat passengers. This package includes among other things DVD player, two eight-inch screens integrated into the front seat headrests, wireless headphones and remote control.
Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake, previously presented in the Volvo S60, V60 and XC60, is now also available in the Volvo V70, XC70 and S80. It is a support function designed to help the driver detect dangerous situations and it can actively help avoid the nightmare scenario of hitting a pedestrian.
The collision warning system has also been programmed to respond to vehicles in front that are at a standstill or are moving in the same direction. In certain situations, a collision can be avoided if the speed difference between the two vehicles is less than 35 km/h.
In the area of comfort the Volvo V70, XC70 and S80 equipped with automatic transmission can now be specified with the latest version of Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), which automatically helps maintain a constant safety margin to the vehicle in front.
What is new is that this system now operates all the way down to standstill. The car accelerates automatically once the traffic starts moving again.
Performance and torque of the D5 has increased from 205hp/420Nm to 215hp/440Nm, while fuel consumption has been reduced by eight per cent. Now the Volvo S80 D5 with manual gearbox, for example, can achieve 48mpg with CO2 emissions at just 129g/km. The automatic version achieves 39mpg and 158g/km.
The 2.0-liter D3 engine continues to develop 163HP and 400 Nm of torque, but Volvo claims the driveability has been improved thanks to the fine-tuning of the turbocharger.
Other new features added for the 2012 model year include new exterior colors, revised headlights, LED turn indicators in the side mirrors, new interior trim colors and new wheel designs.