Volvo XC70 History
When the XC70 was first introduced in the autumn of 2000 under the V70 XC badge, it wasn’t Volvo’s first cross country model—but it was definitely its best. Allowing drivers to take on demanding conditions in a comfortable and stylish body, the XC70 reflects the brand’s dedication to practicality, style, and safety.
Operating under the guise of the X70 XC until 2003, the XC70 was produced at three separate Volvo assembly plants, located in Sweden, Belgium, and Thailand respectively. Considered part of the executive car class, the XC70 offered an interesting mixture of comfort and ruggedness, something that the current third generation vehicle continues to do.
In the beginning, the XC70 had many different features from what it does now—and that’s not including the different name. Now, the XC70 has a body style that is more similar to that of the current popular crossovers instead of the previous station wagon-inspired boxy body. There are even two different models to choose from with either a base 3.2-liter six-cylinder engine or a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder.
Volvo XC70 Fun Facts
- Preceded by the Volvo 850
- The “v” in the XC70’s original name came from the word “versatility”
- Volvo changed the car’s name to XC70 to parallel their XC90 vehicle
- Has consistently received a top safety rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety