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10-25-2006, 09:46 AM

Volvo's entry level compact sedan (which shares a platform with the Mazda3)
gets a few key updates for 2007, including standard stability control on all trim levels, some interior tweaks and the availability of factory-installed Sirius satellite radio. The standard engine remains a 2.4 liter DOHC in-line five-cylinder with turbocharger and intercooler. It is rated at 168 horsepower. T5 models come standard with a slightly larger turbocharged and intercooled 2.5 liter engine offering 218 horsepower. A six-speed manual or five-speed "Geartronic" automatic with manual/sport shifting capability are the transmission choices. Buyers may choose either front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive on both models. All trim levels come standard with both traction and stability control for 2007. ABS brakes with Brake Assist, driver and passenger side-impact and full-length curtain air bags and Volvo's OnCall emergency services/telematics system are also standard. The S40 scores highly in NHTSA side-impact testing (5 Stars) and earned 4 Stars in front-impact testing for the driver and 5 Stars for the front seat passenger. Though it can be pricey relative to other small sedans, the S40 does offer a high level of standard safety equipment along with sporty driving/handling characteristics in an attractively styled, modern package.


Volvo's compact V50 is the station wagon version of the S40, and is likewise based on the Mazda3 platform. Like its cousin, it comes powered by either a 168-horsepower, 2.4-liter five-cylinder engine or (in T5 form) a 218-horsepower, turbocharged/intercooled five-cylinder engine. The V50 receives the same updates for 2007 as its sedan stablemate -- including minor interior layout/trim tweaks, available Sirius satellite radio and standard stability control across all trim lines. The wagon layout offers buyers a bit more interior space and versatility for things like cargo (or the family dog) with the same fun-to-drive qualities and excellent safety record of the S40 sedan. The V50 sedan can also tow 2,000 lbs. and so can handle small trailers if you need that capability.


For 2007, the mid-sized S60 sedan gets several updates, including a new front end treatment with revised grille and bumper; T5 and R versions receive a "watch dial" gauge cluster similar to the design used previously on the flagship S80 sedan. All models receive redesigned outside mirrors with integrated turn signals that flash three times automatically when activated. "Active" Xenon HID headlights may be now ordered as a stand-alone option. Electronic stability control and a tire pressure monitoring system have been made standard on all trim levels. Front seat side impact full-length head/curtain are bags are also included in the standard equipment package. The standard engine in the S60 is the same as last year, a turbocharged 2.5 liter five-cylinder developing 208 horsepower; the step up option is a 247 horsepower turbocharged 2.3 liter engine available in the T5. The S60 2.5T and S60 T5 may be ordered in either front or all-wheel-drive forms.
Volvo's adaptive "Four-C" chassis that allows the driver to switch from "comfort" to "sport" ride and handling settings remains available. For high-performance enthusiasts, the R model canbe ordered with a 300 horsepower version of the 2.5 liter, five-cylinder engine teamed with a six-speed Geartronic automatic featuring sport-calibrated manual/sport shift function. The S60R also offers a Servotronic power-steering system, suspension upgrades, high-capacity Brembo brakes and the latest version of Volvo's Haldex "Instant Traction" all-wheel drive system.


Major changes for 2007 to Volvo's flagship sedan include all-new exterior sheetmetal with smoother contours and a revised interior layout focused around a "slim-line" center console similar in theme to the one that first appeared on the S40. A new 3.2 liter six-cylinder engine is now the S80's standard powerplant -- replacing the previous in-line five. The '07 S80's in-line six produces 235 horsepower (an improvement of 27 horsepower over the '06 model) and is paired with Volvo's six-speed Geartronic automatic transmission. The step-up engine is a 311 horsepower 4.4 liter V-8 working through the latest generation of Volvo's all-wheel-drive system. Adaptive cruise control has been added to the options list for all S80 trim lines. A Blind Spot Information System is another new-for-2007 feature; it uses closed circuit cameras near the outside mirrors to detect vehicles that might be in the S80's blind spot in order to warn the driver of a possible obstruction before he makes a lane change. The new S80 also offers a unique safety/personal security feature called the Personal Car Communicator that can determine from a distance whether the car is locked or unlocked -- and whether someone is in the vehicle.


Volvo's mid-size station wagon is mostly a carryover for 2007, with the major updates consisting of now-standard electronic stability control, revised outside rearview mirrors with built-in turn indicators and the availability of Active B-Xenon headlights that can be turned up to 15 degrees in either direction for improved night-time visibility. The rear-seat DVD entertainment system may also be ordered as a stand-alone option instead of as part of a package. The base engine in the V70 is a 2.4 liter five-cylinder rated at 168 horsepower (165 in states with California emissions requirements). The step-up 2.5 liter turbocharged and intercooled engine in the V70 2.5T is up-rated slightly to 208 horsepower (vs. 197 previously) while the range-topping 300 horsepower 2.5 liter engine found in the high-performance V70R sport wagon remains basically the same as before. Buyers looking for third-row seating should be aware this configuration is no longer available on either the V70 2.4 or the V70 2.5T.


Volvo's XC70 is basically a higher-riding/more rugged-looking version of the automaker's V70 wagon. For 2007, this model receives newly standard 16-inch "Xenia" alloy wheels, available "watch dial" instrument cluster and optional dual-screen rear seat entertainment system. As with all 2007 Volvo models, the XC70 also gets standard electronic stability control, as well as a tire pressure monitoring system and the new-design outside rearview mirrors with built-in turn indicators.
Unlike the V70, which can be ordered in front-drive form, all XC90s come standard with Volvo's full-time Haldex all-wheel-drive system. The XC90 also has more ground clearance than its V70 cousin and so can handle adverse weather conditions with greater confidence. The standard engine in the XC90 is a turbocharged, 2.5-liter in-line-five-cylinder engine that generates 208 horsepower and works through a six-speed Geartronic automatic transmission with manual/sport shift capability. The driver-adjustable "Four-C" chassis which allows the driver to switch from "comfort" to "sport" ride and handling settings remains an available option.


Volvo's S80-based crossover/sport-utility vehicle receives several important updates for '07, including the addition of the new S80's 235-horsepower 3.2 liter in-line six-cylinder engine as its standard powerplant -- along with an also-standard six-speed Geartronic automatic transmission, revised grille, bumpers and interior design with new leather gearshift knob and trim plates. The standard audio system is now MP3 capable and you can order up Sirius satellite radio. The optional V-8 remains unchanged from last year, still producing 311 horsepower. It is also teamed with the six-speed Geartronic automatic. The XC90 can seat up to seven passengers via an optional hideaway third row seat, making it a viable alternative to truck-based SUVs and 7-passenger minivans. The XC90's
second-row seat can also be adjusted fore and aft to maximize either cargo space or passenger room. Front-side and side-curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake Distribution and Brake Assist, Dynamic Stability and Traction Control, roll-stability control and a rollover protection system are all included, as is a tire pressure monitoring system. A long list of available options includes a wood-trimmed steering wheel, rear parking assist, integrated child booster seat, DVD navigation system, self-leveling rear suspension, rain-sensing wipers and heated seats.


10-28-2006, 10:31 PM

Volvo's S80-based crossover/sport-utility vehicle receives several important updates for '07, including the addition of the new S80's 235-horsepower 3.2 liter in-line six-cylinder engine as its standard powerplant

We have scored an oil burner version down here, that should be popular in the outback.


A 4.4 litre V8 engine, producing a massive 440NM at 3900rpm. Acceleration from standstill to 100km/h takes 7.3 seconds with a top speed of 210km/h.

10-29-2006, 08:58 AM
Wish we'd get the diesel - but apparently no such luck!