V70 was developed from the 850 Estate concept with a style that is softer than its predecessor, but still carries a strong Volvo identity including an almost vertical rear end. Among the many changes is the whole becomes more rounded. Fully revised front end, full painted bumper and side trim.
Most of the interiors are redesigned, new dashboards, new seats and door panels. The main technical change is the SRS airbag system by introducing a two-stage deployment logic for front airbags. side airbags for impact side protection systems whose volume is increased to offer better protection. The whiplash protection system (WHIPS) was also introduced as part of standard equipment. The new engine management system with drive-by-wire throttle replaces mechanical throttle in all turbo gasoline models, the turbo diesel engine maintains cable-driven throttle. The anti-lock braking system (ABS) is upgraded from a three-channel system to four channels, and enhanced traction control now called STC (Stability Traction Control) is introduced. All wheel drive models accept thicker rear brake discs and a redesigned rear caliper. 4-speed automatic transmission is enhanced to adaptive shift logic, replacing the selection of the previous three modes.
The Volvo V70 is available with a variety of engines, gearboxes and equipment. Standard configurations are front wheel drive, all-wheel drive petrol version (V70 AWD), CNG V70 Bi-Fuel version and diesel version (V70 TDI) available. In the Bi-Fuel model, the temperature gauge on the instrument cluster is replaced by a level meter for the gas tank.
Gallery of 1997 Volvo V70 base 850 estate concept
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